Huge congratulations to Tameside pupils celebrating their GCSE results this week.
Despite reformed GCSEs in English language, English literature and maths - with a more challenging curriculum - many pupils have achieved well with some local schools recording stand out performances.
The reformed GCSEs are subject to a new grading scale of 9 to 1, with 9 being the top grade. A grade four is a "standard pass" and a grade five a "strong pass". As a consequence of this, this year’s GCSE figures are not comparable with previous years.
Standard passes in both English and maths have been achieved by 62% of the borough’s pupils in mainstream schools with 39% of pupils also achieving a strong pass.
Particular congratulations goes to St Damian’s RC Science College which saw 86% of pupils achieve a standard pass and 63% achieve a strong pass and also Fairfield High School for Girls which saw 84% of pupils achieve a standard pass and 58% achieved a strong pass.
In English, 74% of the borough’s pupils in mainstream secondary schools achieved a standard pass with 58% achieving a strong pass. In maths, 68% of the borough’s pupils in mainstream secondary schools achieved a standard pass with 46% achieving a strong pass.
Tameside Council Executive Member for Lifelong Learning Cllr Lynn Travis said: “A huge well done to pupils as well as teachers, parents and governors for all their hard work and dedication in what has been a challenging year as schools take on the GCSE reforms.
“While the reforms mean we can’t compare the figures to last year and we have no national figures to benchmark against, we are pleased with the overall results for Tameside and especially so for those schools which have recorded some outstanding performances. We’ll continue to work with all our schools to help them to continue to improve, adjust to the new reforms and support pupils in achieving their best.”
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