Secondary schools in Essex have cause for celebration today after new statistics confirmed the county’s GCSE pupils again performed above the national average.
About 15,000 young people were entered into GCSEs at schools in Essex last year, which was the first since the Government introduced a new numerical (9 to 1) grading system.
Figures released by the Department for Education, alongside the secondary school performance tables, show the Attainment 8 score for Essex (average grade across a set of eight subjects) was 46.7 – above the national average of 46.4.
As a result of today’s data, Essex is ranked 58 of all 151 local authorities.
The 65.3 per cent of pupils in Essex who achieved a standard pass at GCSE (9-4) in English and maths is also above the national average of 64.2 per cent
English language, English literature and maths were the only subjects to be graded under the new 9 to 1 scale, with others continuing to be graded A* to G. Most other subjects are expected to adopt numerical grades by 2019.
As well as releasing revised Key Stage 4 results today, the Department for Education has published revised A-Level results.
Cllr Ray Gooding, Essex County Council’s Cabinet Member for Education, said: “Secondary schools in Essex are continuing to perform exceptionally well, with about 97.5 per cent currently rated as good or outstanding by Ofsted, compared with a national average of 80.3 per cent.
“I am very pleased that their hard work is also reflected in today’s revised GCSE results and secondary school performance tables, which confirm the county’s pupils are achieving higher grades than many of their peers elsewhere in the country.
“The new GCSE grading scales represented an additional test and I would like to once again congratulate schools and their pupils on their excellent achievements in challenging circumstances.
“As a council, we remain committed to ensuring all pupils in Essex receive the best possible education and continue to work very closely with schools.”