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Most schools achieve better GCSE results

Most East Riding schools are celebrating their best ever GCSE results, despite major changes in the grading system and tougher exams.

Although this year’s results are judged by a different set of measures to previous years, the figures show significantly improved performances for the majority of  schools and academies in a year when there has been a national dip in pass rates.

New number grades replace letters in English and maths this year, with a grade 4 equivalent to a grade C above and classed as a “standard pass”.  A grade 5 is classed as a “strong pass”.

Gradually, all GCSEs will use numbers 1-9 as the system is rolled in over the next two years.  GCSEs have also been deliberately made more difficult, as well as being mostly graded on examinations and not on coursework.

In the East Riding, schools have improved the proportion of students achieving a standard pass or grade 4 or better in English and maths to 68 per cent.  The proportion gaining grade 5 (a strong pass) is 48 per cent.

At Beverley High School,  85 per cent of students achieved a grade 4 or higher in their English and maths, the best results in the school’s history. A third of all grades were at A/A* and 28 pupils, almost 20 per cent of the year group, achieved eight or more A and A* grades.

At Beverley Grammar School, 84 per cent achieved a grade 4 or higher in their English and maths, with 68 per cent of students attaining a grade 5 (strong pass) in both English and Mathematics.

At Longcroft School in Beverley, the number of pupils achieving a standard pass or grade 4 or better in English and maths was 57 per cent.

Councillor Julie Abraham, portfolio holder for children, young people and education, at East Riding Council, said: “We are delighted with the improvement that many East Riding schools have brought about this year, which is a continued move in the right direction.

“This is down to the hard work of young people and their families supported by dedicated school staff and is a tribute to the way schools and young people have responded to the challenges of the changes which are being introduced.”