We are celebrating another excellent set of GCSE and BTEC results this week. GCSE exams are more difficult and stressful than they have ever been, and students have had to cope with new GCSE courses in some subjects, a greater emphasis on final examinations, and the never-ending background chatter in the media about standards. Given this context, we are delighted with our results.
The percentage of students achieving a grade 4 or better in English and Maths was 76%, which is 1% higher than last year and is 10% higher than the same figure in 2017. 50% of students achieved a 5+ in English and Maths. This is continued evidence that the improvements we are making are having a positive impact.
The percentage of students achieving a 4 or better in English was 90% this year, our best results ever, and the three-year improvement in English was mirrored in maths with 78% achieving a grade 4 or better, 1% up on last year, and 8% higher than in 2017. Overall, 82% of all GCSE entries were graded 4+ and 63% were graded 5+. Almost a quarter of all exam entries were graded 7 or higher.
We are delighted that the school has performed so well because behind these overall figures are lots of individual success stories, and results which allow students to progress into our Sixth Form or onto college or apprenticeship programmes. Although teachers and parents have played a significant role in supporting the students, it is the students themselves who should be congratulated for their tremendous hard work. We will welcome many of these students back into our Sixth Form next year, but whatever they choose to do, we wish them well.