Suffolk students celebrate improved GCSE achievements

Self-reported statistics from Suffolk schools, released on 23 August, show that more students in Suffolk have achieved expected levels of GCSE attainment in English and maths this year.

The majority of GCSEs results are now graded from 9 to 1, (previously A to G) with 9 being the highest and 1 being the lowest. The expected standard for pupils to achieve is now a grade 4 and above (previously a C grade and above), with grade 5 considered a ‘strong pass’.

More than 7,000 students in Suffolk were entered for GCSE results. According to self-reported results collated from around 80% of schools in Suffolk, 67% of students achieved a grade 4 and above in English and maths this year. The figures state 2% more students have achieved the expected standard for English and maths, compared with last year.

Suffolk’s Attainment 8 figure has risen again this year by 1.5. The county’s Progress 8 figure is therefore expected to remain above the national average, when verified by the Department for Education in the Autumn.

Some schools have made significant gains compared to last year:

  • Bungay High School: 11% increase to 67% of pupils achieving the threshold for English and maths
  • Claydon High School: 10% increase to 72% of pupils achieving the threshold for English and maths
  • Samuel Ward Academy, Haverhill: 12% increase to 64% of pupils achieving the threshold for English and maths
  • Thomas Gainsborough School, Great Conard: 9% increase to 70% achieving the threshold for English and maths
  • King Edward VI School, Bury St Edmunds: 8% increase to 76% achieving the threshold for English and maths

Debenham High School has again reported the highest number of students achieving a grade 4 and above in English and maths at 88%.

The self-reported figures also show an increase in the number of disadvantaged students achieving the threshold measure in English and maths. Approximately 3% more students in Suffolk achieved the measure this year compared to last year.

These figures are based on self-reported data from schools and academies to Suffolk County Council. The results are subject to validation by the Department for Education.