Hampshire's GCSE students' success
Friday, 22 August 2014
Hampshire's 16 year olds have achieved impressive GCSE results again this year.
Provisional results reported by Hampshire's secondary schools show an improvement in achievement with 61% achieving five A*-C GCSE passes, including English and mathematics, an increase of one percent from 2013's result of 60%. As has been widely reported, there have been major changes to GCSEs this year and the overall impact on the national figures is not yet clear. 25% of Hampshire students have also achieved the suite of qualifications which lead to the English Baccalaureate (EBacc) against a 2013 national figure of 23%. Many students also studied for a range of other qualifications including diplomas, BTECs and National Vocational Qualifications.
Around 13,000 students in Hampshire sat their Key Stage 4 (KS4) examinations this summer. Five or more A* - C grades including mathematics and English is the current government target for students at the end of Year 11 (aged 16). When the official results are published later in the autumn, schools will also be judged against some new targets including the progress children have made in English and mathematics and their performance in their 'best eight' subjects.
Councillor Peter Edgar, Executive Member for Education at Hampshire County Council, said: "Hampshire's 16 year olds should be commended for their achievement, demonstrating that their effort and hard work have reaped rewards. We appreciate the support of parents and the work of teachers in helping these students to do well and I'm sure they are proud of their students' high levels of attainment. It is reassuring to know that these students now have the opportunity to build on their KS4 accomplishment, as they move into further education or training to study for A-levels or vocational skills and qualifications. Today, as the economy continues to grow, it is vital that young people are able to obtain the best qualifications possible and develop the highest standard of skills that they can. This will stand them in good stead for the future. On behalf of the County Council, I wish them every success."