Only 35% of students retake GCSE English
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.