Thousands of students across Suffolk are celebrating after receiving their GCSE results across the county, as early indications show a significant number of schools have seen an increase in the number of students achieving 5 A* - C grades.
School self reported results received by the county council indicate that there has been across all schools an average 5% rise in the number of students gaining five or more A* - C grades, including English & Maths to 56%.
Following the disappointing results seen in 2012, Suffolk’s secondary schools have quickly implemented more rigorous pupil tracking procedures and a range of high quality interventions to maximise pupil achievement. They have also developed personalised approaches to exam entry.
These improvements come against the backdrop of toughening standards. OfQual have already indicated that Science results nationally could potentially drop due to a new, more demanding GCSE.
Councillor Lisa Chambers, Suffolk County Council’s cabinet member for education, skills and young people, said: “For thousands of young people across the county, today will have been an exciting and anxious time as they received their GCSE results.
“Our early indications seem to reflect a positive picture for results across Suffolk, and I know that our schools having been working hard to support pupils in achieving all that they can, getting behind Raising the Bar. Whilst this is a really good position to be in, there is still more to do to really achieve our ambitions for children and young people in Suffolk and I know that the schools, parents and the community are with us on this journey.
“I’d like to congratulate all our GCSE students on their results, for many today has been the culmination of two years of hard work and dedicated learning and I’d like to wish students the very best as they continue on their journey through education. “
For those students who are unsure what their next steps will be there is a wealth of information and advice available, as well as a dedicated GCSE Results Surgery via: http://www.thesource.me.uk/