Official Figures Show Reading Exam Achievements Continue to Improve

Tony Jones
Councillor Tony Jones, Lead Councillor for Education.

NEWLY published figures show significant improvement in results for Reading students in their GCSE and A Level results.

The validated statistics for 2016 released by the Department for Education this week show better performance in the number of GCSE passes at Grade A*-C, including English and Maths, and Reading retains its top spot in the national table of ‘A’ Level achievement.

There is significant improvement in relation to the outcomes for students at both Key Stage 4 (GCSE) and Key Stage 5 (A Level) in 2016, in particular:

•             64.1 per cent of students achieved A*-C in both English and Mathematics, which is above the 63.3 per cent national figure for state funded schools.

•             The Attainment 8 figures ranks Reading at 39th out of 152 Local Authorities at 51.2.

•             The percentage of students achieving EBacc is 29.5 per cent compared with the national figure of 24.8 per cent.

The council is still working with schools to further improve the Progress 8 figures for students, which sit at -0.11, and to accelerate the improvement in outcomes that we have seen this year. These are the new measures, however, when we look at last year’s key indicator of 5 A*-C including English and Mathematics we have seen improvements from 57.3% in 2015 to 59.3% in 2016.

At Key Stage 5 (post 16 students), schools within the borough have secured Reading’s leading position in relation to the achievements of students. In particular:

•             The Average Points Score achieved by all Level 3 qualifications is at 38.6 – ranking Reading 1st.

•             ‘A’ level students achieving three or more grade A* or A is at 43.5 per cent, again ranking Reading 1st.

•             For academic subjects we are ranked 1st, and for technical level subjects Reading is ranked 2nd.

Councillor Tony Jones, Reading’s Lead Member for Education, said: “We are very pleased with the performance of students in Reading and would like to congratulate them on their achievements and thank the schools for their work.

“These are exciting times in the education of Reading students who are achieving the best results for a number of years and this reflects the improvements also seen in the outcomes for primary students.

“We are not complacent and recognise there are still areas to focus on but these figures do show the education Reading children are receiving continues to improve and the council is committed to ensuring all students benefit and receive the best preparation for their next stages, either within education, training or employment.”

The full tables of results released on 19th January can be found on the Department for Education website at: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-education/about/statistics#latest-statistical-releases