Liverpool beats national GCSE results average for first time
Source: Liverpool Echo
Liverpool students have become GCSE record breakers.
For the first time ever, Liverpool looks to have beaten the national average in terms of the percentage of students managing five Cs or above including maths and English.
Provisional data shows in Liverpool 58.6% students achieved the measure up from 55% last year.
Nationally the results at this level are not released until October but city number crunchers are confident the figure will below Liverpool’s achievements.
And for the fifth time Liverpool pupils are also set to beat the national average for pupils managing five Cs or above in any subject with the city pass rate shooting up 2.4% to 86.7%.
Councillor Jane Corbett, cabinet member for education hailed it a “landmark moment” and added: “This is an amazing set of results for
Liverpool pupils and shows we are continuing to buck the national trend.
“I am so proud of all of our young people who have secured such incredible results."
In St Helens results are still being analysed and could increase further, but provisionally the percentage of pupils achieving five or more Cs and above including maths and English stands at 55.2% – almost identical to last year’s 55.7%.
Since 2008 there has been an increase of over 11% in the borough.
High flyers included Haydock High School where the percentage of students getting five Cs or better including maths and English went up from 40% to 58%.
Early analysis also shows that Wirral students continue to thrive.
Provisional data reveals 65.3% of Wirral’s secondary students achieved five or more A*-C including English and mathematics, which is up on last year’s result of 64%.
And 88% achieved five Cs or better in nay subject – 3% up on last year’s figure of 85%.
The data also show that 77% of all GCSE entries in the borough earned grades A*-C, compared with 69.4% for the UK.
Cllr Tony Smith, Wirral’s cabinet member for children’s services and lifelong learning, said: "Wirral’s young people have demonstrated yet again their determination to work hard and do well.”
Wirral schools making history included Birkenhead School in Oxton where 30% of all grades were A*.
This year the school offered the new GCSE in Further Maths and the IGCSE in English and English Literature, which is considered to be a more rigorous examination than the standard GCSE.
Headmaster John Clark said: “Obviously we were a little nervous as we awaited results for these new more challenging examinations.
“The results were excellent and it is pleasing to see that our pupils have responded to being stretched.”
Nearly 30% of the year group were awarded at least 10 A* and A grades, with several achieving 11 or even 12.
In Knowsley provisional results show that 43.3% of students passed at least five Cs or above including maths and English – compared with 40% last year.
But the figure, which is already above the 40% national target, could rise further due to formal queries schools are expected to submit amid national concerns English papers have been too harshly marked.
Significant improvements have been reported across the borough, particularly in maths, which has increased by 11% compared to last year.
Council chiefs in the borough have pledged to invest £2.2m into the borough’s secondary school provision to ensure more pupils secure five GSCEs A* to C, including English and maths.
Sheena Ramsey, chief executive for Knowsley Council said “We have seen increases in achievements in a number of our schools and we are particularly pleased with the improvement in maths.
“Raising GSCE attainment is a top priority for us and everybody involved in education in Knowsley has worked hard to help pupils raise their aspirations and achieve these successes.”
Sefton Council was still sifting through its results but council leader Peter Dowd said: “I am confident pupils in the borough will again have had a successful year.”