New GCSE’s: Guide to 2018 Results
Students taking GCSEs in England this summer will receive a mixture of number and letter grades. This year the vast majority of subjects moved to grades 9 to 1, with 9 being the highest grade awarded. A few subjects (statistics, business studies, product design) remained on the old A*-G scale.
Exam Results 2018
At this stage it looks to us as if our pupils have done very well again this year.
We are very proud that a significant number of our pupils achieved the top 7-9 grades (A*-A equivalent). In separate science 42% of pupils achieved a grade 7 or above. In English 1 in 4 pupils achieved a grade 7 or above and in maths 22% achieved the top 3 grades.
27 pupils across the year group were able to achieve the new top grade 9 in at least one of their subjects. One pupil achieved 8 of these top grade 9s in their GCSEs including in English, Maths and Science.
Our Attainment 8 score is 4.7, which is an increase form 2017. Attainment 8 measures a pupil’s average grade across eight subjects that, if studied, mean that a pupil is following a broad, well-balanced curriculum. The subjects include English, Mathematics, Science, Geography or History and a Language.
This is an important measure for us because it is studying and doing well in these ‘traditional’ subjects (even if they are ‘hard’ that pupils have the best chance of getting onto the best courses post 16 and into the best Universities after that – of going onto be the authors of their own life stories.
The percentages of pupils passing Mathematics and English are:
|Grade 4 to 9||Grade 5 to 9|
|Percentage of pupils achieving grades in both Mathematics and English||64%||40%|
Grade 4 (which is being called a standard pass) is the grade a pupil needs to achieve a Level 2 qualification. If a pupil has Level 2 qualifications in English and Mathematics they can progress to take Level 3 courses post-16 (for example A and AS levels and BTEC Nationals) and they do not have to re-sit these exams at 17.