Department for Education recognises outstanding performance by Suffolk students

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Revised GCSE and A Level results have been published by the Department for Education today.

GCSE

Suffolk has risen in national league tables for students in the county achieving the standard GCSE pass in English and Maths, and the county’s progress 8 figure now places Suffolk at the top of our statistical neighbour group compared to the other 10 councils similar in size and demographic makeup.

Today’s validated figures from the Department for Education confirm that 1% more students in Suffolk are achieving the expected standards in English and Maths at GCSE compared with last year.

Since 2015 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 (a standard pass) 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.

64% of students in Suffolk are now achieving the expected standard in English and Maths putting Suffolk in the top half of authorities achieving this standard.

GCSE progress remains above average and Suffolk students have seen a steep increase this year with a Progress 8 score of +0.08, compared with -0.02 nationally. This figure puts Suffolk in the number 1 position in our statistical neighbour group.

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. Suffolk is in the top half of authorities for this figure, ranked 42nd out of 151.

The percentage of disadvantaged pupils in the county achieving the standard pass in English and Maths is in line with national figures. The Progress 8 figure for disadvantaged pupils is also above the national level and is in the top half of authorities, ranked 42nd out of 151 (up from 67th in 2016).

A Level

The validated A Level figures confirm that Suffolk pupils have once again performed well with the number of A*- E grades remaining above the national average figures.

The figures show that 98.1% of A Levels taken in the county have been awarded an A*-E grade, compared to 97.6% nationally. 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 A Level average points per entry this year has risen by 0.3 to 30.3 compared with this time last year.

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

“I would like to congratulate all the pupils, teachers, support partners and parents across the county for their hard work which is reflected in achieving these excellent results.

“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. The performance of Suffolk students is now at the national level.

“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 to ensure every child in Suffolk can achieve their full potential.”