Most East Riding schools are celebrating their best ever GCSE results.
This year’s results are judged by an entirely different set of measures to previous years, but the figures show significantly improved performances for all East Riding schools and academies, in a year when there has been a national dip in results for English and maths.
The new measures will be used by Ofsted as the main measure of achievement in schools from this year onwards.
The new measures are:-
- Attainment 8 – the average grade in eight subjects
- Progress 8 – the average progress made by all pupils from KS2 to KS4
- Percentage A*to C equivalent in both English and maths
- Percentage achieving the Baccalaureate (EBacc) subjects, English, maths, science, humanities and a language.
Progress 8 will be the main measure used to rank schools, but will not be available from the Department for Education until October 2016.
The previous ‘gold standard’ (five or more good passes including English and maths) last year was 56 percent in the East Riding, compared to 53 percent nationally. This has improved to 67 per cent this year in the East Riding – the biggest improvement and the best ever result.
Councillor Julie Abraham, portfolio holder for children, young people and education, said, “We are delighted with the improvement that many East Riding schools have brought about this year, which is a continued move in the right direction.
“This is down to the hard work of young people and their families supported by dedicated school staff.
“East Riding of Yorkshire Council is committed to improving East Riding schools until we have the some of the best in the country. The results have been achieved against a backdrop of the very low level of funding for East Riding schools from the Department for Education.
“Together with improving A-level results last week, they show that young people in our schools are achieving the success they deserve and going onto employment, education and training of their choice. This is confirmed by the above national average destination data for school and college leavers at 16 and 18 in the East Riding.”
John Seaman, the council’s principal improvement adviser, said: “These impressive results are underpinned by many outstanding stories of hard work and application as well as committed teaching and support. We look forward to further improving Ofsted inspection outcomes for East Riding schools, building on the foundation of this year’s best ever inspection outcomes
“We are proud of the work done by young people throughout the East Riding, with the support of their carers and families. We greatly appreciate the hard work of head teachers, teaching and support staff that have contributed to these results.”
The results for students achieving the new measures in East Riding schools are shown in the table below. An attainment 8 score of 50 is equivalent to a low grade B.
|School||Attainment 8||A*-C in E & M (%)||EBacc (%)|
|The Market Weighton||49||66||9|