Bolton students match last year's record GCSE results
BOLTON matched last year’s record GCSE result — while grades tumbled nationally.
Nationally the number of exam entries scoring A* to C fell by 1.3 percentage points, the biggest fall in the exam’s 25-year history.
But in Bolton a number of schools saw the numbers of pupils achieving five or more A* to C soar as much as 17 percentage points.
Margaret Asquith, director of childrens and adults services, said: “We are really pleased with Bolton's provisional results in this year's GCSEs and equivalent qualifications. “Our results over recent years have been strong and it is reassuring to see that we have maintained these high standards.
“This year more than 60 per cent of pupils achieved A* to C including English and maths, which is in line with last year’s best ever results and more than 84 per cent of pupils managed to gain five or more A* to C grades.”
Kearsley Academy saw its results leap up by 17 per cent with 48 per cent of pupils achieving five or more A*- C grades, including English and maths.
Nigel Jepson, headteacher, said: “This demonstrates remarkable progress this year by our Year 11 students, who have worked extremely hard, with the support of teaching staff to achieve such brilliant results.”
Bolton Muslim Girls School improved by 16 percentage points to make it one of, if not the, top performing state school in Bolton.
A perfect 100 per cent of girls achieved five or more A* to C grades and 85 per cent of pupils could including English and maths among their passes.
Headteacher Mubaaruck Ibrahim said: “We are delighted with the results. It has been a great year for the school.
“There has been uncertainty with grade boundaries, and we took last year’s grade boundaries and increased them by an extra three per cent.”
Results were also up at St James CE School in Farnworth, Harper Green in Farnworth and Essa Academy.
Headteacher at Essa, Showk Badat, said the results “were is pleasing against an overall national picture that showed a small decrease in this pass rate”.
He added: “This reflects increasing pass rates at the academy in English, mathematics and sciences, all of which showed small decreases nationally. Department for Education and Ofqual statements of the past week have prepared students, parents and schools for the overall fall in headline results, due to their ‘tightening up’ of standards, making it clear that higher grades will be harder to achieve.
“Certainly, students at the Academy have shown themselves up to the task of meeting these harder standards.”
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