Suffolk students celebrate as GCSE results continue to rise


New self-reported statistics from Suffolk schools show that more students in Suffolk achieved expected levels of GCSE attainment in English and maths in 2017.

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.

More than 7,000 students in Suffolk were entered for GCSE results. According to provisional results collated from around 80% of schools in Suffolk, 63% of students achieved a grade 4 and above in English and maths this year. The figures suggest more than 2% more students have achieved the expected standard for English and maths, compared with last year.

Some schools have made significant gains compared to last year:

  • Ormiston Denes Academy: 20% increase to 53% of pupils achieving the threshold for English and maths.
  • Holbrook Academy: 15% increase to 88% of pupils achieving the threshold for English and maths.
  • Stowmarket High School: 15% increase to 60% of pupils achieving the threshold for English and maths.

The self-reported figures also show a significant increase in the number of disadvantaged pupils achieving the threshold measure in English and maths. Approximately 6% more students in Suffolk achieved this measure this year compared to last year.

Councillor Gordon Jones, Suffolk County Council’s cabinet member for education and skills, said:

“I would like to congratulate Suffolk’s young people on these fantastic results. They are a testament to the hard work and commitment shown by pupils, parents, teachers and governors. This early indication puts our students in a strong position to go on to higher education.

“Through our Raising the Bar programme we continue to work with, and challenge schools to drive up educational attainment. We are committed to establishing and maintaining an education system that allows every child to reach their full potential.

“Since the launch of Raising the Bar in 2012, GCSE results have continuously improved and 88% of our schools are now 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 by more than 5% and we are now just 1% below the national figure.”

These figures are based on self-reported data from schools and academies to Suffolk County Council. The results are subject to validation by the Department for Education in the New Year.