Premier New Schools | GCSE Results Day 2017: Who Said What?


GCSE Results Day 2017: Who Said What?

25 Aug 2017, by PNS Staff in Due Diligence

Now that we’ve all had 24 hours to reflect on yesterday’s GCSE result, we’re reflecting on the breadth of opinion out there in the edu-media…

Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT, has praised teachers’ efforts in ensuring relatively stable results with only a small dip in grades. He highlighted the uncertainty created for pupils, teachers, parents and employers and urges the government to learn from mistakes made by ensuring there is timely guidance for schools to prevent a repeat of this year.

Schools Standards Minister Nick Gibb has highlighted the new “gold-standard” GCSE in English and Maths as being benchmarked against the best in the world, and are raising academic standards. He praised pupils and teachers for the award of more than 50,000 grade 9s and more than two thirdss of entries achieving a grade 4, C, or above in the new exams.


Jo Saxton, Chief Executive of Turner Schools, welcomed the reformed GCSEs. Although the new model has meant that pupils are less likely to receive the top grades than their predecessors last year, Saxton believes that these are the reforms that the country needs. The more rigorous subject knowledge at the core of the new model will ensure that British pupils will measure up to the global stage.

Laura McInerney, Editor of Schools Week, analysed this year’s results, which indicate a picture of perhaps surprising stability. While schools have seen a drop in percentage points in English and maths, this is to be expected and McInerney argues that there is nothing dramatic going on. Exam boards have noted that in English more students with lower prior attainment have been entered for GCSE which has brought the proportions of those achieving a 4/C or above down. The stability seen may indicate that exam regulation is working as it is supposed to.

Mark Lehain, incoming CEO of PTE and former Principal of Bedford Free School (BFS), has also welcomed the new GCSE reforms. He believes that the qualifications are worth more and that pupils at BFS have risen to the challenge. Carol Scott, a Bedford HR consultant, has said that what matters is that candidates can do the job and the new grading system will not affect this. However, the grading system will have an impact on those roles requiring a minimum qualification.


High Performing Free Schools

Our Directors are thrilled to have worked with a number of the Free Schools which received their first set of GCSE results this week. Here are some highlights for Free Schools.

  • Reach Academy Feltham, Hounslow

98 per cent of pupils got a grade 4 or above in English and maths.

  • Tauheedul Islam Boys’ High School, Blackburn

75% of pupils got a grade 5 or above in English and maths.

  • Dixons Trinity Academy, Bradford

75% of pupils got a 5 or above in English and maths, with 81% at 4 and above

Other free schools getting 80% or above in the percentage of pupils getting 4 or better in English and maths:

  • King’s Leadership Academy, Warrington
  • Holyport College, Berkshire
  • Greenwich Free School
  • Dixons King’s Academy, Bradford
  • Holy Trinity School, Kidderminster
  • West London Free School

This is compared to a national figure of c70% achieving a grade 4 or above in English and maths.


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