TAMESIDE COUNCIL LEADER
IT’S that time of year again, and I’m happy to report another positive year for exam results for our young people in Tameside.
This is the second year in which our Key Stage 2 students have sat the new GCSEs, which introduced a more challenging curriculum and a grading system ranging from 1-9, with 4 being a ‘standard pass’ and 5 being a ‘strong pass’.
This means that it’s possible for us to judge our performance against last year.
Standard passes in both English and Maths were achieved by 62 percent of the borough’s pupils in mainstream schools – the same as last year – with 40pc of pupils receiving a strong pass in both subjects, a slight increase from 39pc last year.
76pc of our pupils achieved a standard pass in English and 68pc achieved it in Maths, once again either maintaining or slightly increasing our achievement from last year, which was 74pc and 68pc for standard passes in English and Maths respectively.
Our A-level students also did Tameside proud this year, as our three A-Level providers – Ashton Sixth Form College, Audenshaw School and Clarendon Sixth Form – all maintained their 100pc pass rate despite the toughening up of the ● Brenda Warrington exams since last time round.
These results are a just reward for the dedication and sheer hard work from students and all of those who supported them, including teachers, parents and governors.
As is the case every year, there are some schools that deserve to be singled out for specific praise. At A-Level, pupils from Audenshaw School not only reached a 100pc pass rate, but 59pc of those passes were also high grade passes from A*-C. Audenshaw School pupils also put in an exceptional performance in their GCSE exams as well, with 78pc of pupils receiving a standard pass and 54pc a strong pass. They join a number of other Tameside schools that went above and beyond at GCSEs this year, including St Thomas More RC College (82pc standard passes and 60pc strong passes), St Damian’s RC Science College (78pc standard passes and 57pc strong passes) and Fairfield High School for Girls (78pc standard passes and 55pc strong passes). My congratulations go out to everybody who played a part in making this year’s exam successes a reality.
There is no doubt in my mind that this is just the beginning of a period of sustained improvement and achievement for Tameside’s schools and pupils.