City pupils Achieve A rise in GCSE passes

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - News - By Joel Lamy Twit­ter: @PTJoelLamy John Holdich

Peter­bor­ough has seen GCSE pass rates im­prove on last year’s re­sults.

In to­tal 69.7 per­cent of stu­dents achieved A *- C in English - up from 64 per cent in 2015.

There was also a rise in the number of A* - C maths grades, with 61.2 per cent of pupils achiev­ing this com­pared to 60 per cent last year.

For both English and maths, 55.6 per cent of pupils were awarded an A*-C grade, up from 53 per cent last year.

The num­bers achiev­ing five A*-Cs in­clud­ing English and maths rose to 51.4 per cent, com­pared to 49 per cent in2015. In to­tal, 2,251stu­dents took GCSE ex­ams this year.

Coun­cil­lor John Holdich, leader of Peter­bor­ough City Coun­cil and cab­i­net mem­ber for ed­u­ca­tion, skills and univer­sity, said: “These re­sults are fan­tas­tic and are a credit to the young peo­ple of the city who have worked ex­tremely hard. They should be very proud of their achievements.

“Con­grat­u­la­tions should also go to teach­ers and other school staff who have sup­ported them to get the best grades pos­si­ble.

“I am par­tic­u­larly pleased that stu­dents are mak­ing real progress in the key sub­ject ar­eas of maths and English. This puts them in a very good posi- tion for the next stage of their ed­u­ca­tion.

“Cur­rently 86 per cent of our schools are judged good or bet­ter by Of­sted and these re­sults, cou­pled with the A-Level re­sults, showthat our schools are also rais­ing the bar whenit comes to at­tain­ment.”

Na­tion­ally, pass rates and the per­cent­age of A*s both dropped this year.

Gary Perkins, head of school im­prove­ment for the coun­cil, said: “Three-quar­ters of our schools now op­er­ate out­side of lo­cal au­thor­ity con­trol, how­ever our re­la­tion­ships with them re­main strong and we provide sup­port when­ever it is needed.

“I know that all of our schools are com­mit­ted to im­prov­ing at­tain­ment fur­ther and we will con­tinue to sup­port and chal­lenge them as we want our re­sults to be pro­gress­ing year on year.

“Re­gard­less of the grades young peo­ple achieve, it’s im­por­tant they re­mem­ber there is still plenty of sup­port and ad­vice avail­able, whetherthey con­tinue learn­ing in sixth form or at col­lege.”

‘These re­sults are fan­tas­tic and are a credit to the young peo­ple of the city.’

Pupils from Nene Park Acad­emy with their re­sults

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