Early indications show that the county’s students overall continue to perform well above the national average.
Results so far this year show that the proportion of pupils achieving five GCSE passes at A*-C, including English and Maths, will be over 65 per cent, similar to last year and well above last year’s national figure of 59 per cent.
This position compares favourably to this year’s reported overall fall in the national average for A*-Cs in all GCSEs.
Maths grades in North Yorkshire have gone up by over one per cent across the county compared to last year and compared to a fall nationally of 0.8 per cent. English results have also improved against a national fall of around 0.5 per cent.
North Yorkshire expects these figures once again to place the county well within the top quarter of authorities nationally.
A number of schools have scored significant increases of more than five per cent on last year with A*-C grades including English and Maths. These include: Whitby Community College; Lady Lumley’s School, Pickering; Malton School; St Francis Xavier School, Richmond; Holy Family Roman Catholic High School in Carlton, Selby; Selby High School; Norton College and Ripon College.
However, along with the national picture there has been some turbulence in grades, particularly in English. The effect is not consistent across North Yorkshire but has been significant in some schools.
County Councillor Arthur Barker, North Yorkshire’s Executive Member for Schools said:
As ever, our results overall give us much to celebrate and we must congratulate students for all their hard work and focus and staff for their dedication and high standards in the quality of teaching and learning. Clearly more information is needed to determine how the English grading may have affected some pupils but it will be some time before we can comment on any changes.