16 October 2015

City’s pupils set new benchmark against rest of country for GCSEs

Secondary school pupils across Brighton & Hove have scored their highest ever results for the percentage of pupils who have achieved five A*-C GCSE including English and Maths at 59.7% - this outperforms the national average by 3.4 percentage points.

In addition to being above the national state funded schools average, Brighton & Hove pupils also achieved above the South East average, and nearby local authorities. This is the highest position relative to the national results on record. In 2012/13 when Brighton & Hove was above national it was by 1.4 percentage points

The progress pupils made from the tests at age 11 in English was also well above the national average, but maths was just below. 

Significantly results for boys are 4.3 percentage points above national and girls are 2.3 percentage points above.

Cllr Tom Bewick, Chair of the Children & Young People Committee, said:

“Congratulations to all the pupils, schools and teachers who have worked so hard to achieve these outstanding results. The city’s children are outperforming the rest of the country by the widest margin since records began.

“Our schools and the council’s education team deserve a lot of credit for the hard work they have put in this year.

“This is great news but it also has to be seen as a work in progress. I want to see a lot more of our young people achieving the benchmark five good GCSEs figure in future.

“I will be calling on our schools and the council’s education team to redouble their efforts to drive forward further improvements in the coming years.”

 

Notes to editors

 

ALL PUPILS

 

Region/
Local Authority1

5+ A*-C including English & mathematics GCSEs

National (state-funded sector)

56.3

Leeds

54.1

Sheffield

53.1

York

62.7

Southend-on-Sea

63.9

Bromley

67.8

South East

59.0

Brighton and Hove

59.7

East Sussex

55.3

Portsmouth

49.6

Reading

57.0

West Sussex

59.4

Bath and North East Somerset

61.9

Bournemouth

59.3

Bristol, City of

53.4

 

 

 

 

BOYS

 

Region/
Local Authority1

5+ A*-C including English & mathematics GCSEs

National (state-funded sector)

51.6

Leeds

48.9

Sheffield

48.5

York

56.6

Southend-on-Sea

60.8

Bromley

63.8

South East

54.6

Brighton and Hove

55.9

East Sussex

50.4

Portsmouth

44.8

Reading

56.3

West Sussex

55.3

Bath and North East Somerset

56.9

Bournemouth

53.2

Bristol, City of

49.1

 

 

GIRLS

 

Region/
Local Authority1

5+ A*-C including English & mathematics GCSEs

Total (state-funded sector)1

61.2

Leeds

59.7

Sheffield

58.0

York

69.1

Southend-on-Sea

67.3

Bromley

71.7

South East

63.5

Brighton and Hove

63.5

East Sussex

60.4

Portsmouth

54.5

Reading

57.6

West Sussex

63.8

Bath and North East Somerset

66.7

Bournemouth

65.4

Bristol, City of

57.6