D-DAY FOR GCSE PUPILS
Bucks schools aiming to surpass last year’s exam success
THERE will be tears of joy and disappointment today (Thursday) as thousands of pupils across Bucks eagerly rip open their GCSE results.
The county’s schools will all be trying to beat last year’s results. Bucks had an excellent year in 2015 with nearly seven in 10 pupils in Buckinghamshire achieving good GCSEs. Those results also proved the area has some of the top schools in England.
Figures released in October showed 68.2% of pupils in Bucks gained at least five A* to C grades, including English and Maths, one of the highest proportions in England.
Dr Challoner’s High School was named as the sixth best school in England, with a 100%pass rate for pupils achieving at least five A* to C grades including English and Maths and 96% passing the English Baccalaureate.
Wycombe High School, also with a 100% pass rate and 90% for the English Baccalaureate and Sir William Borlase’s Grammar School, with 100% and 96% respectively, were also in the top 20.
Across England, the proportion of pupils gaining at least 5 GCSEs at A* to C including English and Maths rose by 0.2 percentage points in 2015, to 52.8 per cent.
However, the proportion of pupils gaining the English Baccalaureate dropped slightly from 38.7% in 2014 to 38.6% in 2015.