GCSE results smash national average but A-level results down on last yearBy Becky Barnes
February 05, 2013
Bright sparks in the borough have once again smashed the national average for GCSE results – but A-level results have dropped compared to the previous year.
In Bracknell Forest 90.9 per cent of GCSE pupils achieved five or more GCSEs with grades A* to C, beating the national average of 81.8 per cent, in finalised exam results published by the Department of Education last Thursday.
Edgbarrow School in Crowthorne scored top marks with 99 per cent of pupils achieving five or more A* to C grade GCSEs, and 79 per cent getting five or more including maths and English.
At Ranelagh School 93 per cent of pupils got five or more A* to C grades and 82 per cent gained five or more A* to C grades including English and maths.
And 92 per cent of Sandhurst School pupils achieved five or more A* to C GCSE, with 63 per cent gaining five or more A* to C grades including maths and English.
Youngsters across the borough beat the national average of 59.4 per cent for passing five GCSEs including English and maths with 61.4 per cent, an improvement on last year’s 59.7 per cent.
Dr Janette Karklins, director of children, young people and learning at Bracknell Forest Council, said: “We are delighted to see a further improvement in these figures, which show the best ever levels of achievement by the young people in our schools.”
A-level results across Bracknell Forest averaged at a point score of 660 per student, under-performing against the national average of 733 points per student.
The figure in Bracknell Forest dropped from an average of 717.9 points per student last year.
Yet high performers included Wellington College in Crowthorne, which scored an average of 969.2 points per student, with Edgbarrow School achieving 794.5 points per student and Garth Hill College 786.2.
The lowest average point score per student in the borough was Bracknell & Wokingham College with 521.8 and Easthampstead Park’s figure was 616.9.
The average point score per entry was 203.4 in Bracknell Forest, lower than the national average of 212.8.
The five council-run secondary schools and Ranelagh Academy achieved a combined average points score per student of 737 compared with 765 in 2011.
Dr Karklins said: “Our A-level students did well but we feel there is still room for further improvement.”
The proportion of students at these six schools achieving three or more A-Level passes at grade A* to E was 85 per cent, compared to 81.2 per cent nationally.