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Hampshire's GCSE students have reason to cheer

Friday, 23 August 2013

Hampshire's 16 year olds have achieved impressive GCSE results again this year.

Provisional results reported by Hampshire's secondary schools show an increase in achievement with 60.4% achieving five A*-C GCSE passes, including English and mathematics. Limited national results are available but this compares favourably with the national picture in 2012 where 58.8% of students achieved the same measure.

English and mathematics performance in Hampshire has also been strong this year with 67% and 72% respectively, achieving A* to C grades. This compares strongly with this year's national figures of 64% and 58%. 24% of Hampshire students have also achieved the English Baccalaureate (EBacc) against a 2012 national figure of 16%. 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 government target for pupils at the end of Year 11 (aged 16), and achieving this provides young people with a springboard for further study. 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.

Changes in education legislation mean that those completing their secondary education this summer will not be 'school leavers' any more but will continue in education or training for at least a further academic year. More than 12,000 (94%) of students have already secured a place at college, or are set to take up an apprenticeship from September.

The aim is to give all young people the opportunity to develop their skills and qualifications, enabling them either to go on to university, or to secure entry into a career or skilled trade.

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 has 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 the 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. We are still in a time where the economic climate is challenging and the competition for jobs is high, so enabling young people to obtain the best qualifications and develop the highest standard of skills that they can, will stand them in good stead. On behalf of the County Council, I wish them every success."

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