Many East Riding schools are celebrating their best ever GCSE results, amid further changes in the grading system and tougher examinations for many subjects.
In the East Riding, schools have improved the proportion of students achieving a standard pass, or grade 4 or better, in English and maths to 70 per cent. The proportion gaining grade 5 (a strong pass) in 2018 is 48 per cent.
The East Riding is one of the highest performing of the Yorkshire and the Humber region in results which are published today, with some of the best Attainment 8 and Progress 8 scores in the north of England.
The 2018 progress and attainment achieved by pupils in East Riding secondary schools are both in the top third nationally and have both improved from the 2017 figures. The average Attainment 8 score achieved by pupils in East Riding schools was 48.0, significantly higher than the national average of 46.5.
Councillor Julie Abraham, East Riding of Yorkshire Council 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. 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 the continuous improvement of East Riding schools and we aspire for every one of our young people to achieve their very best. These results have been achieved against a backdrop of the very low level of funding for our schools and academies from the Department for Education.”
Jamie O’Brien, the council’s principal improvement adviser, said,
“These results are a testament to the hard work of our young people, as well as the dedication and commitment of teachers and support staff in all our schools. We are proud of the accomplishments of young people throughout the East Riding - achieved 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 impressive results.”
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