Over 2,000 young people were entered into GCSE’s at schools in Southend-on-Sea, with pupils performing above the national average in English and maths measures.
Last year the Government introduced rigorous new GCSE’s in English and maths, graded on a new numerical (9 to 1) system, with 20 further subjects being reformed this year.
Provisional results indicate that 71.9% of students in Southend-on-Sea achieved grade 4 or above in English & maths combined, an improvement of 1% on 2017. Grade 4 is the threshold considered to be a ‘standard pass’ by the Department for Education and the bottom of this grade aligns with the bottom of the previous C grade.
Provisional data from 10 schools suggests 60.5% of Southend-on-Sea students achieved a grade 5 in English and maths, which is considered a ‘strong pass’ by the Department for Education. This is above the 2017 figure of 54.1%.
Southend-on-Sea results were also above the national average for 16-year-olds in English and maths subjects. According to the Department for Education*, 71.8% of pupils in England achieved a grade 4 in English, compared to 82.4% in Southend and 71% achieved this standard in maths compared to 72.3% in Southend (based on results from 10 schools).
Councillor Helen Boyd, cabinet member for children and learning, said: “Very well done to all pupils for this excellent set of provisional results. You should be rightly proud of your achievements. This early set of results indicates that schools in Southend-on-Sea are continuing to improve in maths and English, which are so important for work, training or further education, and our results continue to be above national averages.
“There is always work to do, and through our education board, we will continue to support and challenge schools to ensure that every child has a the opportunity of a good education in this Borough.”