GCSE results up in Worcestershire

Published Thursday, 25th August 2016

GCSE results are up across Worcestershire - with almost two thirds of students achieving top grades in English and Maths.

It comes just seven days after A Level results revealed 85% of Worcestershire students achieved 3 or more A*-E grades* - an 11 per cent rise on 2015.

Nine out of 10 schools across Worcestershire are currently rated good or outstanding by Ofsted and first indications show a rise in this year's GCSE results.

Based on the submission of 27 out of the 30 schools in Worcestershire, the percentage of students gaining a C grade or above in both English and Maths has improved from 60.7% in 2015 to 63.5% this year – almost three per cent.

Following changes to the accountability framework*, results have been reported against a benchmark of achieving at least a C grade in both English and Maths, as opposed to the previous benchmark of pupils achieving 5+ A*-C grades including English and Maths.

Cllr Marc Bayliss, Worcestershire County Council's Cabinet Member for Children and Families said: "It is one of the County Council's priorities to ensure that schools continue to offer great outcomes for pupils in Worcestershire, and these results reflect the hard work and achievement of pupils, teachers and families throughout the county."

"Due to a change in the way GCSE results are reported, it has been a challenge in Worcestershire and nationally to assess this year's results in the context of previous years. Using the new framework*, it is fantastic to see an improvement on last year, with over 63% of the county's students achieving a range of top marks in their GCSEs."

A detailed breakdown of results and comparisons with other Local Authorities and national averages will be available in October. A breakdown of the achievements of specific groups across Worcestershire, including how the county's Looked After Children performed, will also be provided at this time.

Choices for School Leavers in 2016

Year 11 leavers have to make a choice about where they are going to undertake further study. The options include attending school or a sixth form college, a further education college or embarking on a work based study programme or apprenticeship. Work without formal accredited training or being unemployed is no longer an option.

Advice and guidance on training opportunities should be discussed with the designated adviser in schools but support can also be provided through the County Council's Post 16 Engagement Team.

Alternatively, the 2 Counties Training Team can offer support and training opportunities for 16 to 18 year olds and can  be contacted on 07568 130 478.

Work experience opportunities, career choices and apprenticeships

Students requiring more help with finding a work experience placement can log on to www.worcestershireskillscentral.co.uk. This new site lists a range of placements from a variety of local businesses and allows students to search and apply for a placement of their choice, like they would a normal job.

Those wanting to know more about the different career opportunities can download the council's app 'Worcestershire Careers Central'. The app lists 240 different job roles in the industry sectors that will have future job opportunities, and provides information on typical salary, working hours and the necessary qualifications needed to progress at each level.

Students wanting to know more about becoming an apprentice can go online at www.worcsapprenticeships.org.uk. The site provides a range of information about apprenticeship options as well as vacancies in the specific fields.