24 January 2019 Children and learning

City celebrates GCSE success

Overall GCSE results in schools across Brighton & Hove continue to outstrip the national average, according to newly-released government figures.

The city is four percentage points ahead of the national average in both the government’s key measures for English and maths combined:

  • 68% of Brighton & Hove students achieved grades 9-4 compared to the national average of 64%
  • 47% of Brighton & Hove achieved grades 9-5 against a national average of 43%.

Most GCSEs are now being graded from 9 to 1, with 9 being the top grade. 

The government describes a Grade 4 as a ‘standard’ pass, while a Grade 5 is a ‘strong’ pass.

The city is also ahead of the game for the government’s new ‘Attainment 8’ performance measure. This shows average attainment at individual schools across eight subjects.

Brighton & Hove’s Attainment 8 figure is 48.0 compared to the national average of 46.5.

Brighton & Hove City Council’s executive director for families, children and learning, Pinaki Ghoshal, said:

“This year-on-year improvement comes on the back of improved results city-wide at both A-level and primary level.

“Hats off first and foremost to our young people and their teachers, who have worked really hard to achieve this. 

“I think our schools team and the city’s Education Partnership also deserve credit for their continued collaboration to raise standards.

“This has also included an improvement city-wide in Progress 8, another key government measure. 

“With all of our secondary schools now rated ‘good’ by Ofsted parents can be confident that their children will get an excellent education whichever school they are at.”