Thousands receive GCSE results across Oxfordshire
It is the second year since the introduction of a number of national changes to the examination and assessment process, including the requirement for schools to submit their ‘first results’ only for Government assessment, with the results of any retaken exams not taken into account.
As was the case last year, the council has received a mix of results from schools and academies, with some reporting their ‘best results’, and others reporting results based only on ‘first exams’ taken.
As such, the council cannot provide an estimate for the percentage of Oxfordshire students achieving the national benchmark of five A*-C grades, including English and Maths, at this early stage. Verified results will be published nationally in the Autumn.
Last year Oxfordshire moved ahead of the national average for the proportion of students achieving 5A*-Cs including English and Maths. A total of 59.4% of pupils gained five A*-C GCSEs including English and Maths compared with 56.8 per cent for state-funded schools across the country.
Good news from around the county
- Staff at The Marlborough School in Woodstock have reported a number of students achieving 10 or more A* and A grades.
- At Larkmead School in Abingdon 13 students achieved eight or more A*-A grades.
- Students and staff at The Oxford Academy achieved a fantastic set of results, with 58 per cent gaining five A*-C grades. This represented the schools best ever results and a huge improvement on the previous year.
- At St Birinus School in Didcot 12 students achieved at least six A* grades
- Nine students achieved at least 11 A*/A grades at Eynsham’s Bartholomew School
- Staff at Oxford Spires Academy are reporting their best ever results, including a number of extraordinary personal successes. One student made six levels of progress in English, achieving five A*s, four As and four Bs. Another achieved two A*s, Bs in maths and science, and a C in English despite joining the school less than a year ago speaking very little English.
- At John Mason School in Abingdon 10 students attained eight or more A*/A grades
- Ten students at Faringdon Community College achieved six or more A*s
- A total of 25 students at The Warriner School in Bloxham achieved eight or more A*/A grades
- At Wheatley Park School 48 students achieved at least three A*/A with 10 students achieving 10 or more A*/A grades. Three students achieved 10 or more A* grades.
The council’s Cabinet Member for Children, Education and Families Melinda Tilley said: “I would like to congratulate our young people on their GCSE results this year. As always there will be some remarkable stories of personal achievement by young people of all academic abilities, and students should be commended for their efforts.
"The dedication of hardworking teaching staff to help students fulfil their potential should also be acknowledged, as well as the support provided by families during exams.”
For anyone unsure of their next steps after A-Level or GCSE exam results, further help can be found at the Oxme website and through the National Careers Service which has a helpline number - 0800 100 900.
Details of drop-in advice sessions at the county council’s Early Intervention Hubs can be found on the council’s website.