Revised GCSE and A Level results reflect progress of Suffolk students

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The Department for Education published revised GCSE and A Level results on Thursday 25 January 2018.

GCSE

The validated figures confirm that 3% 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.

63.1% of students in the county are achieving the expected standard in English and Maths and Suffolk has closed the gap to national to less than 1%. Suffolk has also risen by 26 places in national league tables for this measure, to 83rd out of 151 authorities. The county has risen 5 places in national rankings for the percentage of students achieving the English Baccalaureate.  

GCSE progress remains above average for Suffolk pupils, with a Progress 8 score of -0.01, compared with -0.03 nationally. Suffolk remains in the top half of Local Authorities for GCSE progress, ranked 64th out of 151.

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.  

The percentage of disadvantaged pupils in Suffolk achieving the standard pass in English and Mathematics is now just 2% behind national figures. This is down from 10% in 2014.

A Level

The Revised A Level figures confirm 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 30.22. For General Applied, (previously referred to as vocational) the average points per entry has increased to 35.75 from last year’s figure of 34.70. This has remained above the national figure of 35.69. At Tech Level, Suffolk’s average points has increased by more than 3% to 34.51 and remains above national figure of 32.26.

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

“I would like to congratulate all the pupils, teachers and parents across the county for their hard work which is reflected in achieving these results. Although we have seen a small fall in our GCSE progress, we remain above the national average and in the top half of education authorities across the country.

“We are delighted that more students in Suffolk are achieving the expected standards in English and Maths at GCSE compared with last year, closing the attainment gap to national to less than 1% - the lowest this has been since our Raising the Bar programme began.

“Suffolk’s GCSE and A Level results have been consistently high year on year and through our Raising the Bar programme, we are continuing to help schools across the county to drive up standards.”

Since the launch of the council’s Raising the Bar programme in 2012, Suffolk has risen 59 places in national rankings for GCSE attainment in English and Maths. 87% of schools in Suffolk are judged by Ofsted to be ‘Good’ or ‘Outstanding’. 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 2%.