GCSE Success for Sheffield Students

Published: 24 August 2018
The provisional data suggests that Sheffield's performance remains strong.

The extract below is taken from a press release  from Sheffield City Council. The full article can be found online here.

Students across the city are celebrating their GCSE results today.

Provisional data indicate that 39.3% of young people achieved a strong pass (grade 5 or above) in English and maths. This is similar to 2017.

In the individual subjects, there has been an increase in the percentage achieving a strong pass – English has improved from 54.6% to 55.4% and Maths has improved from 45.2% to 46.9%.

The new grading system, introduced for English and Mathematics last year, has been used this year for 20 other subjects. Subjects are now graded 9 to 1 with 9 being the top grade replacing the A to G system. The exams regulator, Ofqual has described the new grade 4 as being similar to an old C grade and the new grade 7 equivalent to a grade A.

Councillor Jayne Dunn, the council’s cabinet member for education and skills said:

Following last week’s A Level results I think it’s absolutely fantastic to see so many young people also achieving great GCSE results. Our schools continue to improve on their performance each year. These excellent results mean that Sheffield’s young people are well placed to move on to an exciting future whether this be college, school or the world of work.

Stephen Betts of Learn Sheffield said:

We are so proud of the achievements of Sheffield’s young people and schools, who have so much to celebrate today. The provisional data suggest that Sheffield’s performance remains strong and we are especially pleased to see improved outcomes in English and mathematics. We will be able to fully understand the performance of the city when the national data is available but today is about celebrating the achievements of everyone involved.

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