Proportion of pupils getting top GCSE grades rises

Peak FM have been down at Tupton Hall Secondary School this morning.

The proportion of GCSE's awarded top grades has risen for the second year in a row after the biggest exam shake-up for a generation.

More than one in five UK pupils taking the exams scored one of the three top grades.

Jack Redman from Tupton Hall secondary school in Chesterfield is one of those who achieved top marks;

"I've done absolutely amazing-I never thought I could do this good. My lowest grade was a 7, which I only got one of. I also got five 8's and three 9's."

Meanwhile, the Headteacher there-Andy Knowles-says the academic performance of pupils at the school overall has improved;

"We hope we've done our bit to support the children to do their very best and achieve what they're truly capable of.

"This year, we're delighted with the outcomes, they've done brilliantly."

Here are the main national figures in today's GCSE results:

- The proportion of entries receiving the top grades (A/7 or above) has risen to 20.8%, up 0.3 percentage points on last year and the highest level since 2015. It is the second year-on-year rise in a row.

- 67.3% of entries received a C/4 grade or above, an increase of 0.4 points on 2018. This is also the highest level since 2015.

- The gap between girls and boys getting grade A/7 is unchanged from last year. 24.1% of entries by girls got A/7 or higher, compared with 17.6% for boys, a lead of 6.5 points.

- The gap at grade C/4 has narrowed for the second year in a row. 71.7% of entries by girls got C/4 or higher, compared with 62.9% for boys, a lead of 8.8 points. Last year the lead was 9.1.

- The most popular subject was double award science, followed by maths and English. Among all the subjects individually listed, the least popular was leisure and tourism with 111 entries.

- The subject with the largest percentage jump in entries was statistics, which rose 55%, from 15,562 entries in 2018 to 24,027 this year. The second largest increase was for Welsh second language (up 33%) followed by economics (up 17%).

- The subject with the largest proportional drop in entries was leisure and tourism, which fell 95% from 2,306 entries in 2018 to just 111. The next biggest drop was for hospitality (down 88%), followed by health and social care (down 83%).

- The overall pass rate - the proportion of entries getting G/1 or above - is unchanged from last year at 98.3%. This is the lowest overall pass rate since 2007.

- There were 5,547,447 entries for the exams, up 77,371 on last year - a rise of 1.4%.


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