Only 35% of stu­dents re­take GCSE English

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

HUN­DREDS of lowachiev­ing pupils across Buck­ing­hamshire fail to re­take key GCSEs once they en­ter fur­ther ed­u­ca­tion, writes Pa­trick Scott.

Data from the Depart­ment for Ed­u­ca­tion shows that na­tion­ally just over half (53.9 per cent) of six­teen-year-olds who do not get an A* to C grade in maths or English try to achieve this grade once they have en­tered fur­ther ed­u­ca­tion.

How­ever, for many schools in Bucks this fig­ure is a lot lower, with 35 per cent of about 860 full-time pupils fail­ing to re­take English and 45 per cent of around 900 fail­ing to re­take maths.

Ex­clud­ing spe­cial schools, nine schools and col­leges in the area failed to en­ter at least half of their low achievers to re­take GCSE maths and 10 failed to en­ter at least half of them to re­take GCSE English.

Some, such as Ayles­bury Col­lege, had fewer than 12 per cent of pupils reen­ter­ing ex­am­i­na­tions.

The data, which cov­ers those as­sessed in the 2012/13 aca­demic year, also re­veals that even fewer pupils go on to ac­tu­ally achieve an A* to C grade in their re­takes.

Across Eng­land only seven per cent of those who have not achieved an A* to C in GCSE maths do so by the time they are 18. The num­ber is lower still for English at 6.5 per cent.

Less than one in five pupils leaves fur­ther ed­u­ca­tion hav­ing im­proved on their GCSE English and maths.

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