GCSE results: town sees slight upward trend in pass rates

By Ben Fitzgerald - 23 August 2019

EducationSecondary

More than half of the 2,000 students receiving GCSE results in Swindon got a good pass in English and Maths - a slight improvement on last year.

Provisional figures show that 64 per cent of Swindon pupils attained a Grade 4 (the equivalent to a grade C) or above in both English and Maths GCSEs, compared to 61 per cent last year. This brings Swindon in line with the 2018 national average.

Under the new grading system, GCSEs are ranked on a 9-1 scale, where 9 is the top grade and Grade 4 is the equivalent of a C.

There were also improvements in Maths and English for grades 5 and above, with 58 per cent of students falling into this category for English, compared with 57 per cent last year; and with 48 per cent achieving the same grades in Maths, compared with 46 per cent last year.

Peter Nathan, Swindon Borough Council’s Head of Education, said: “A huge congratulations is due to all the students who received their GCSE results. It is really great to see the improvements particularly at Abbey Park, Nova Hreod, Highworth and Kingsdown.

“These upward trends we are seeing in Maths and English are very positive and every single student can be proud of the hard work they have put in throughout the course of their school lives. I wish them every success for the future.”

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