Pupils from across Sunderland are celebrating their GCSE results today (Thursday 23rd August) as the city saw a 6% jump in results across three core subjects.
- 6% more pupils achieved grades 5 and above in English Literature, Language and Maths in Sunderland than in 2017
- 59% of pupils achieved grade 4 and above across English Literature, Language and Maths in Sunderland – a rise of 4% on last year
- Boys further narrowed the gap on girls this year, with 56% of boys and 62% of girls achieving grade 4 and above in English Literature, Language and Maths
- 2,461 pupils sat GCSEs in the city.
The improved figures come in the second year of the new numerical grading system across the three core subjects (English Literature, Language and Maths), with the new system also being implemented for the first time this year across the wider curriculum.
According to the Department for Education, a grade four is aligned to what was previously a standard pass grade C, with grade five the equivalent of a strong pass grade C. As well as changes to grade, most exams are now taken at the end of the two-year course rather than on completion of modules as has been the case in previous years.
Jill Colbert, Chief Executive at Together for Children, the company that oversees education services in the city, said:
“I’d like to congratulate all our GCSE pupils, their teachers and support staff for the results they achieved this year. It is a fantastic achievement to see such improved results and even more so at a time when a new grading system is still bedding in.
“I’m extremely proud of our young people and our schools alike for all of the hard work they have put in to achieve the results we have seen today. It is testament to pupils’ and teachers’ determination to succeed that we have seen success stories in schools across the city.”
Meanwhile, students across County Durham have won praise for their performance in the face of major changes to the exams.
The majority of GCSE courses are now giving pupils a 1-9 grade with a level 4 being deemed as a ‘pass’ which is similar to the old ‘C’ grade and level 5 as a ‘good pass.’
County Durham students got their results this morning with 62 per cent achieving level 4 or above in both English and maths.
Similarly the number of students achieving a level 5 in both English and maths has significantly improved on 2017.
Margaret Whellans, Durham County Council’s corporate director for children and young people’s services, said:
“We’d like to congratulate students for these brilliant results which come amid the most significant changes in the exam system since O-levels were replaced in 1987.
“GCSEs are now widely regarded as tougher as the national intention is that they be of the same standard as the highest achieving countries in education such as Singapore and Finland.
“This makes our students’ improved performance on last year all the more pleasing.”
Cllr Olwyn Gunn, Cabinet member for children and young people’s services, said:
“We are delighted that our young people have worked so hard to achieve these excellent results. I congratulate them and the teaching staff in all of our schools.
“It is hard for this cohort of pupils as they are the first to experience these new tougher exams, but we hope future employers will take the time to understand and appreciate their efforts with the removal of coursework and more difficult questions.
“We also recognise and greatly value the support and encouragement given by our schools, parents and carers.”
Students who didn’t receive the grades they hoped for and those who are looking for careers advice can visit www.durhamworks.info where they will find information on apprenticeships, recruitment and training for 16-24 years olds across the county.