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GCSE Results: State sector closes gap on private schools
Results in Comprehensives Rise while those in Private Schools Fall
The GCSE results show a narrowing of the gap between local state schools and the private sector. The % of grades at comprehensives & academies that were A or A* rose from 18.3% in 2010 to 20.2% in 2011 and the % that were C and above rose from 66.2% to 68%. This follows on from last year’s rise, when the % A or A* rose by 0.9%, while those achieving C or better rose by 2.2%. This is unlikely to be due to easier exams as in both years the proportions in private schools fell (those achieving A or A* in the independent sector fell from 53.5% in 2010 to 51.7% in 2011).
For those who believe in good local schools, this is time to celebrate. Every year, results in state schools are getting steadily better and the gap between the state and private sector is getting less. This is not a surprise to anybody who regularly visits our schools. There is some truly great learning taking place, with lots of creativity and challenge. Let us celebrate the real progress being made.
Last week the A level results revealed the same trend, with 23.4% of grades in state schools being an A or A*. This is a rise from 22.2% in 2009 and 22.7% in 2010. In contrast the proportion achieving A or A* in private schools was the same as last year, indicating a closing of the gap at A levels as well as at GCSE.
I see this in our local schools in Hackney, where results are now well above the national average. In the school where I am chair, Stoke Newington School, the proportion achieving A or A* in all Year 13 exams rose from 33% in 2010 to 55% this year, placing the school in the top 10% in the country for value added. Similarly, the proportion achieving 5 GCSEs (including English and Maths) increased by 11% to 60% of the students.
Headteacher Annie Gammon commented: I want to congratulate all our students who achieved or exceeded their target grades at whatever level these were. We have an ambitious, creative and inclusive school which provides high-quality teaching and aims for outstanding progress for all students. This year’s results are a real step forward for us as our students’ progress and achievements show significant improvement. Congratulations to all involved.”
GCSE 2011 results: http://www.jcq.org.uk/attachments/published/1595/GCSE%20Charts%20and%20data%20handout.pdf (p3)
GCSE 2010 results: http://www.jcq.org.uk/attachments/published/1321/GCSE%20Results%20Handout.pdf (p7)
These show the raw figures for comprehensives increasing. However many of the most successful comprehensives have become academies in the last year and the figures quoted above are the result of combining the different lines for ‘comprehensives’ and ‘academies’ (in the proportion 3.8:1, based on JCQ figures).
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