Reading Pupils Respond Well to GCSE Exam Changes

PUPILS in Reading have responded well to changes in the GCSE examinations and matched last year’s results.

This year’s exams were tougher and the method of grading was changed which led to a dip in results nationally.

However, provisional figures from schools in Reading borough show that 66 per cent of GCSE pupils achieved grades 9 – 4  in English and Maths, which is the same as last year’s similar grading of  A*-C grades.

Fifty per cent achieved 9 – 5, equivalent to A*- bottom B/high C, of which there is no equivalent figure for 2016.

The provisional figures show a slight dip in Ebacc grades, 29 per cent this compared with 30 per cent in 2016, and in Attainment 8 scores, 50.05 this year compared with 51.4 per cent last year.

Councillor Tony Jones, Reading’s Lead Councillor for Education, said:

“Well done to all Reading’s pupils who have worked so hard to achieve their GCSE results and thank you to all teaching staff for their dedication.

“Changes to this year’s exams and the new grading system have led to a dip in results nationally so I’m pleased to see pupils and schools in Reading have responded so well and matched last year’s performance.

 “I wish pupils all the best for the future whichever direction they choose to take. I would urge any children who have not got the results they were hoping for not to worry and to seek the advice and guidance which is available to them.”