TAMESIDE COUN­CIL LEADER

Glossop Advertiser - - News - Coun Brenda War­ring­ton

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.

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