Mixed day for Peterborough’s GCSE results

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Education chiefs in Peterborough have said they are disappointed more pupils have not achieved the benchmark five A*-C grades.

While English grades in the city remain above the national average, maths marks have stayed below the countrywide standard, and the amount of pupils gaining the five A*-C grades including the two subjects has remained static at 50 per cent.

Jonathan Lewis, service director – education, resources and corporate property, said: “Overall it’s a decent set of results for the city but we are disappointed that we have not seen a rise in the number of the students achieving 5 or more GCSEs at A*- C. We have also seen some significant variations in results attained across the city and we will be following this up with a small number of individual schools.

“We do have some concerns around changes to grade boundaries and variations between exam boards and we expect schools to return scripts to be remarked because of this.

“We are dedicated to keep improving teaching and attainment in the city. If you look at Maths we have closed to within 1 per cent of the national average this year.”

Councillor John Holdich, leader of the council and cabinet member for education, skills and university, said: “We would have liked to have seen better progress in some areas but achievements in English and especially Maths this year have been good.

“This city’s education is clearly on the rise with 84 per cent of schools judged good or better by Ofsted. We do of course have challenges, for instance, a quarter of students who received their results today were not in Peterborough schools at the start of their secondary education and our results should be viewed that context.

“I am confident that every school in the city is committed to improving attainment and standards for students and we will continue to support and challenge them as we want our results to be progressing year on year.”

The city’s English GCSE pass rate continued to be above the national average with 65.7 per cent of students achieving A*- C in the subject compared to 65.4 per cent nationally.

Good results in both progress and attainment in Maths saw the city close to within 1 per cent of the national average for students achieving A*- C. In total around 1400 students achieved higher marks for the subject, or 62.1 percent, compared to the national average of 63.3 per cent.

The city also increased the overall rate for students achieving 5 or more GCSEs to 99.1 per cent. This is an increase of 0.3 per cent on the same time last year.

Young people who are unsure of their next steps following today can get help and advice from the Youth Access Hub at City College Peterborough on Brook Street.

In the hub young people can speak to career advisers from the council, City College Peterborough, Peterborough Regional College, Jobcentre Plus and a range of other providers about their options.

The hub is open Monday to Friday throughout August from 1pm to 4.30pm (3pm Tuesdays and Thursdays). Young people can drop in or call (01733) 864500 to book an appointment or (01733) 293897 during the hub’s opening hours.

Councillor John Holdich added: “Well done to everyone for all your hard work and I hope you received the grades you were hoping for. Regardless of the grades you’ve achieved today, help and advice is available whether you decide to go into training, take on an apprenticeship or continue your education.

“Making decisions on ultimately which career to pursue can be daunting for young people. Our team of experts provide support and impartial advice to help young people make the best decision for their future.”

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