21 August 2013

Massive improvement in city’s GCSE results

There has been a massive improvement in GCSE results in Brighton & Hove’s state schools this year, with provisional results up nearly six percentage points overall.

The percentage of pupils achieving the benchmark 5 x A*-C results including English and maths has risen from 56% in 2012 to 62% this year. This improvement follows a rise of more than three percentage points last year.

The chair of the council’s children and young people committee, Councillor Sue Shanks, said: “We’re pushing hard for excellence in all our schools.

“Our schools team has developed a new approach to school improvement over the last year. There’s a sharper focus on analysing performance data, getting schools to work more closely with each other and targeting support at where it is most needed.

“We think this has been a big factor in this year’s tremendous results, and believe strongly that our new approach will help deliver further improvements in future.

“There is no room for complacency, but with another strong set of primary results and 80% of our schools now judged by Ofsted as good or outstanding there is room for optimism.

“I would like to congratulate staff and students at all our schools for their hard work and professionalism, and in particular Portslade Aldridge Community Academy and Blatchington Mill for the exceptional progress they have made this year.”

The provisional results by school in the benchmark 5 x A*-C results including English and maths are as follows:

SCHOOL % in 2012 % in 2013
Brighton Aldridge Community Academy 40 46
Blatchington Mill 61 72
Cardinal Newman 69 73
Dorothy Stringer 67 71
Hove Park 61 65
Longhill 45 50
Patcham High 57 57
Portslade Aldridge Community Academy 39 60
Varndean 56 63