Schools in Brighton and Hove show GCSE improvement

GCSE results in Brighton and Hove have shown an improvement on last year, despite tougher exams.

Brighton and Hove City Council said the ‘Attainment 8’ measurement, which shows average attainment at individual schools across eight subjects, has improved in the city.

Cardinal Newman students picking up their GCSE results

Cardinal Newman students picking up their GCSE results

Last year the city’s overall Attainment 8 score was 46.8, while the figure for this year is 48.0.

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Most GCSEs are now being graded from 9 to 1, with 9 being the top grade. Government guidance advises that a grade 4 is considered a ‘standard’ pass.

This new system was introduced last year for maths and English, but this year nearly 20 other subjects are being graded in this way.

Hove Park students collecting their GCSE results (Photograph: Karl Salter/Hove Park)

Hove Park students collecting their GCSE results (Photograph: Karl Salter/Hove Park)

City-wide figures in the key maths and English accountability measures are as follows: grades 9 to 4 in maths, 73 per cent (up from 72 per cent last year); grades 9 to 4 in English, 78 per cent (down from 79 per cent last year); and grades 9 to 4 in English and maths combined, 68 per cent (the same as last year).

Cllr Dan Chapman, chair of Brighton and Hove City Council’s children, young people and skills committee, said: “The new Attainment 8 system is widely recognised as an effective way of measuring overall school performance across their wider curriculum.

“This year-on-year improvement is above all due to the sheer hard work and dedication of our students.

“It also comes on the back of improved results city-wide at both A-level and primary level.

Hove Park students collecting their GCSE results (Photograph: Karl Salter/Hove Park)

Hove Park students collecting their GCSE results (Photograph: Karl Salter/Hove Park)

“I would like to congratulate all of our young people, as well as the secondary schools, teachers and support staff who have supported them.

“I would say to any students who did not get the results they wished for to remain positive.

“As well as A and AS levels there is a fantastic range of vocational and other opportunities in our city, including apprenticeships, to match any skills you wish to develop.

“Congratulations to the council’s schools team and the city’s Education Partnership for their continued collaboration to raise standards.

“Today’s results show that this approach is working well.”