GCSE results in Brighton & Hove rise above pre-pandemic levels

Provisional overall GCSE results in Brighton & Hove are significantly above the pre-pandemic results of 2019.
The results suggest there has been an increase in the percentage of pupils achieving English and maths at grade 5 or above – from 47% in 2019 to 50% in 2023.
Both the government and exam regulator Ofqual have referred to the 2019 and 2023 figures as a benchmark in terms of ‘getting back to normality’.

'Excellent results'

Commenting on this year’s GCSE results, the co-chair of Brighton & Hove City Council’s Children, Families and Schools committee, Councillor Lucy Helliwell, said:
“I’d like to congratulate all our GCSE students on their achievements today. 
“Their excellent results are despite the challenges these young people have faced.
“I wish them all the best in whatever further education or training they opt for.
“I’d also like to thank all our schools for their hard work and dedication to fulfilling the potential of our city’s students.”  

Schools working in partnership

The chair of the city’s secondary headteacher group, John McKee, said:
“Brighton and Hove Secondary Headteachers are jointly celebrating the achievements of our students. 
“Schools have worked in partnership, closely and collaboratively, to ensure that every child in our city has access to a good education and is able to make strong progress. 
“We take collective responsibility for a set of exams results that reflect great levels of attainment and achievement across all schools in Brighton and Hove. 
“Today’s results reflect the hard work and tenacity of fantastic group of students, and an unerring commitment from all schools to joint practice development and partnership for the benefit of every young person in our city. 
“We are extremely proud of the ‘Class of 2023' and wish them all the very best for the future.” 

Further advice for students

Today (Thursday 24 August) the council’s employability service is providing advice and support:

  • 01273 294 747 until 7pm
  • Facebook and X @yesbrightonhove until 7pm
  • Drop in, in person until 4.30pm at the Youth Employment Hub, Kemptown BN2 1JE

In addition to further education opportunities, apprenticeships offer opportunities to earn while you learn and get a foot on the career ladder. There are 33 apprenticeship vacancies in the city and salaries are up to £22k a year.

For more information visit: https://www.apprenticeships.gov.uk/apprentice/what-is-an-apprenticeship 

Local and wider apprenticeship vacancies are detailed here: Find an apprenticeship - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
For details of apprenticeships at the council please visit: https://www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/content/jobs