Students in Cambridgeshire received their Key Stage 4 GCSE results yesterday (23 August) after sitting exams earlier this summer.
The new GCSE exams for 20 subjects, as with those in English and mathematics last year, are now graded from 9 (top) to 1 (bottom) with a grade 4 accepted as a standard pass (equivalent to the former grade C) and a grade 5 a good pass.
In Cambridgeshire 5,300 students sat the exams in schools across the county this year.
In maths 74% of students achieved a grade between 4-9 (at least a standard pass) an increase of 1.5% on 2017 and 54% achieved at least a grade 5 (up 0.9%). In 2018 79% achieved at least a grade 4 in English –an increase of 1.4% - with 64% achieving a strong pass (at least a grade 5) which was a 1.6% improvement.
The proportion of students achieving a grade 4 or above in both English and mathematics in Cambridgeshire was 68% - 1.2% higher than last year with 47.5% achieving a grade 5 or better (up 0.9%). National outcomes are not yet available as a comparison.
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 governors for their hard work and support.
“At a time when GCSEs are getting more challenging it is encouraging that we are seeing better results than last year for both English and maths.”