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Students in Cambridgeshire received their Key Stage 4 GCSE results yesterday (22 August) after sitting exams earlier this summer.

Over the past two years, the Department for Education has been rolling out the new GCSE syllabus. Exams are now graded from 9 (top) to 1 (bottom) with a grade 4 accepted as a standard pass (equivalent to the middle of a former grade C) and a grade 5 a good pass.

In Cambridgeshire more than 5,600 students sat the exams in schools across the county this year. In maths 74.6% of students achieved a grade from 4-9 (at least a standard pass) an increase of 0.6% on 2018 and 55% achieved at least a grade 5 (up 1%). This year 79% achieved at least a grade 4 in English, the same level as last year, with 64.3% achieving a strong pass (at least a grade 5) an improvement of 0.3%.

The proportion of students achieving a grade 4 or above in both English and mathematics in Cambridgeshire was 69%, 1% higher than last year, with 48.4% achieving a grade 5 or better (up 0.8%). National outcomes are not yet available as a comparison. Results are currently provisional as they don’t take account of remarking or changes for pupils who are new to the country.

Councillor Simon Bywater, Chairman of the Children and Young People Committee for Cambridgeshire County Council said, “First of all, I would like to say a big well done to every young person in Cambridgeshire who collected their exam results yesterday. I would also like to thank teachers, leaders and trustees at all the academy trusts for their hard work, support and partnership in delivering these improved results.

“We have seen rapid improvement in the quality of our secondary schools which has been as a result of significant effort by all involved. Four years ago, less than 50% of our schools were graded as good or better by Ofsted. This figure today sits at 93.5% of schools, 16th out of 150 local authorities nationally.”

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