GCSE results on the up

Across Cambridgeshire, more than 5,600 students sat the exams in schools this year.

In maths 74.6% of students achieved a grade from 4-9 (at least a standard pass) an increase of 0.6% on 2018 and 55% achieved at least a grade 5 (up 1%). 79% achieved at least a grade 4 in English, the same level as last year, with 64.3% achieving a strong pass (at least a grade 5) an improvement of 0.3%.

Over the past two years, the Department for Education has been rolling out the new GCSE syllabus. Exams are now graded from 9 (top) to 1 (bottom) with a grade 4 accepted as a standard pass (equivalent to the middle of a former grade C) and a grade 5 a good pass.

Local achievements include: 

  • A tremendous 36% of all grades were awarded at the top 9 or 8 grades and 58% at 9-7 at Kimbolton School.
  • Longsands Academy achieved a marked improvement in their Maths and English combined GCSE results of 71.6%, Grade 9-4.
  • 65% of students scored Grade 9-4 in both their Maths and English GCSEs at the St Ivo Academy, with over 90% of Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Fine Art, Textiles, Pottery and Dance students achieving Grade 4 and above. 
  • Hinchingbrooke School were pleased to report that this year's results at 9-5 in English and Maths improved to 46.8 percent, with one student achieving a "phenomenal" set of ten Grade 9s. 
  • St Peters recorded three times as many grades being the highest possible grade 9, with almost 100% of students achieving Grade 5 or higher in sciences. 

Councillor Simon Bywater, Chairman of the Children and Young People Committee for Cambridgeshire County Council said, “First of all, I would like to say a big well done to every young person in Cambridgeshire who collected their exam results yesterday. I would also like to thank teachers, leaders and trustees at all the academy trusts for their hard work, support and partnership in delivering these improved results.

“We have seen rapid improvement in the quality of our secondary schools which has been as a result of significant effort by all involved. Four years ago, less than 50% of our schools were graded as good or better by Ofsted. This figure today sits at 93.5% of schools, 16th out of 150 local authorities nationally.”