GCSE and A Level results on the rise in Suffolk


Provisional GCSE and A Level results have been published by the Department for Education on Thursday 12 October 2017.


Almost 7,000 students in Suffolk were entered for GCSE results this year.

The provisional figures show that 2% more students in Suffolk are achieving the expected standards in English and Maths at GCSE compared with last year.

This year, there has been a change to the way that English and Maths GCSEs are graded. Results are now graded from 9 to 1, (previously A to G) with 9 being the highest and 1 being the lowest. The expected standard for pupils to achieve is now a grade 4 and above (previously a C grade and above), with grade 5 considered a ‘strong pass’. These changes will be phased in to cover all subjects by 2020.

62.4% of students in the county are achieving the expected standard in English and Maths and Suffolk has closed the gap to national to just 1.1%. Suffolk has also risen by 24 places in national league tables for this measure, to 85th out of 151 authorities. The county has risen 7 places in national rankings for the percentage of students achieving the English Baccalaureate.

Progress of Suffolk students continues to be above the national average for state funded schools, with the county achieving an average Progress 8 score of -0.01, compared with -0.03 nationally.

Progress 8 measures how well pupils of all abilities have progressed by comparing them with students who achieved similar levels in Key Stage 2 across the country.    

A Level

Almost 3,000 pupils were entered for A Levels in Suffolk.

The provisional A Level figures show that Suffolk pupils have once again performed well with the General Applied entry and Tech Level entries remaining above the national average figures.

A Level attainment is measured by the Department for Education using a points system. Points are given based on the type of A Level and the grade achieved. For example, an A Level at grade A is worth 50 points, whereas an AS Level would be worth half of this.

Suffolk’s Academic average points per entry this year is 30.01. For General Applied, (previously referred to as vocational) the average points per entry has increased to 35.95 from last year’s figure of 34.70. This has remained above the national figure of 35.6. At Tech Level, Suffolk’s average points has increased by more than 3% to 34.66 and remains above national figure of 32.2.

Suffolk County Councillor Gordon Jones, Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, Education and Skills said:

“Suffolk’s GCSE and A Level results have been consistently high year on year. These early indications show that our GCSE students are continuing to make above average progress, improving on last year’s results and closing the attainment gap to national.

“Through our Raising the Bar programme schools across the county are continuing to drive up standards. Since the programme launched in 2012, Suffolk has risen 57 places in national rankings for GCSE attainment in English and Maths. 88% of our schools are now being judged ‘Good’ or ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted. This rate is continuing to improve faster than the national average; over the last year, Suffolk schools have reduced the gap to national from 6% to just 1%.”

These figures are provisional and are subject to validation by the Department for Education. Validated results will be published in the New Year.