School and College News | Good GCSE performance by Hampshire’s ‘Class of 2015’Hampshire County Council’s Executive Member for Education, Councillor Peter Edgar is congratulating students across the county, as provisional GCSE results out today show another improvement in achievement.

This year, 60% of Hampshire students have achieved five A*-C GCSE passes, including English and mathematics – an improvement from 59% in 2014 and significantly higher than the 2014 national figure for this measure which was 56.6%. There has also been an improvement in the proportion achieving grade C or above in English and mathematics, to 72% and 73% respectively. Some schools have experienced technical issues with their results this year, so this headline figure is based on results from 65 out of the 70 Hampshire secondary schools. As has been widely reported, there have been further changes to GCSE examinations this year and the overall impact on the national figures is not yet clear.

Councillor Edgar said: “I am delighted to see that Hampshire’s 16 year olds continue to do well in their GCSEs, in spite of the changes to examinations and marking criteria that are being introduced.”

He continued: “These young people should be commended for their achievement – demonstrating that their effort and hard work has paid off. The support of parents and the work of teachers in helping students to do well should not go unrecognised either, and I’m sure they are proud of the students’ attainment.”

This year, 26% of Hampshire students have also achieved the suite of qualifications which lead to the English Baccalaureate (EBacc), against a 2014 national figure of 24%. Many students also studied for a range of other qualifications including diplomas, BTECs and National Vocational Qualifications.

Councillor Edgar added: “I wish those now leaving secondary education every success as they move on to study for A-levels, achieve vocational qualifications, or start an apprenticeship. They now have the opportunity to build on their GCSE success and develop their skills that they can obtain the best qualifications possible.”

Around 13,000 students in Hampshire sat their Key Stage 4 (KS4) examinations this summer. Five or more A* – C grades including mathematics and English is the current government target for students at the end of Year 11 (aged 16).

When the official results are published later in the autumn, schools will also be judged against some new targets, including the progress children have made in English and mathematics and their performance in their ‘best eight’ subjects.

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