GCSE gems are record breakers
August 30, 2012
Students across Bracknell Forest have bucked the national trend by reaching a new record high and smashing the national average with their GCSE results.
While national reports state results have fallen for the first time in 24 years, the number of pupils in the borough achieving five or more A* to C grades including maths and English has risen to 61 per cent compared to 59.7 per cent last year and a provisional national average of 58 per cent.
Bright sparks at Sandhurst School saw the biggest increase with a record breaking 11 per cent and several other schools, including Garth Hill College, Brakenhale School and Edgbarrow School had their best ever years.
All schools reported some outstanding individual performances and the proportion of pupils achieving five or more A* to C grades across all subjects rose from 88 per cent to more than 91 per cent, meaning more young people than ever have the opportunity to move on to higher level study.
Dr Janette Karklins, director of Children, Young People and Learning at Bracknell Forest Council, said: “We are pleased the borough’s results show further improvement.
“Although there is an understandable focus on English and mathematics results, it is also important to recognise how important the overall five A* - C figure is in opening doors to further study and training for many young people.”
But some schools suffered a fall in English grades after exams were allegedly ‘harshly marked’ compared to previous years.
Nationally many headteachers are calling for the English exams to be regraded as examinations regulator Ofqual is looking into concerns about grade boundary changes.
“Schools in the local authority will now be analysing their results further and, as in all years, there may well be a number of appeals which could improve the provisional figures even more.”
At Easthampstead Park 91 per cent of pupils scored five or more A* to Cs but just 42 per cent were including maths and English.
Gordon Cunningham, headteacher of Easthampstead Park School said he was ‘disappointed’ for his students that the schools results had followed the national trend and he hoped some papers would be sent to be re-marked.
Brakenhale saw 90 per cent of students achieve five or more A* to C grades but only 44 per cent of pupils achieved five or more A* to C grades including maths and English.
The number of pupils taking GCSE exams this year was 1,108 compared to 1,076 last year.
Councillor Dr Gareth Barnard, executive member for children, young people and learning, said: “Congratulations to all those young people and members of staff whose hard work has been rewarded with these results.
“These results should also give our young people the confidence they need as they move forward with their education and training opportunities.”