Initial GCSE results for students in Worcestershire show that two thirds (67%) of this year’s students have achieved a standard pass in both English and Maths.
These figures show a 2% increase on the standard pass figures for the county last year (65%).
The average GCSE grade for Worcestershire students this year remains unchanged at grade 4, which is equivalent to a grade C under the previous grading system. Twenty eight schools have now provided their data.
More than four out of ten students (43%) have achieved strong passes (grades 5 or above) in both English and maths. A grade 5 is equivalent to a high grade C or low grade B under the previous grading system.
Councillor Marcus Hart, Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Education and Skills, said: "It’s encouraging to see that more young people in Worcestershire are achieving good grades at GCSE level. These initial figures show that we are making progress but there are still areas where we need to improve and we will continue to work with schools across the county to deliver further improvements.
The grading framework has changed significantly so it’s important that we bear this in mind. A lot of preparation, determination and hard work from all parts of the school community, from staff, students and parents has gone into this set of results, and I’d like to thank everyone for their efforts.”
In the new grading format introduced in 2017, the old A*-G grades have been replaced with a 9-1 system (9 being the highest and 1 the lowest).
Choices for School Leavers in 2019: Work experience, career choices and apprenticeships
Students are also encouraged to consider apprenticeships as a next step for progressing their career and are invited to visit Worcestershire Apprenticeships’ website to obtain information about the exciting range of apprenticeship vacancies that are available as well as some useful case studies about past and current apprentices’ experiences.
The website also provides information about a series of roadshow events at different library locations around the county between 12th August and 6th September which will provide an opportunity for students to speak to one of the Worcestershire Apprenticeships’ advisors in person.
There are many choices apart from A levels, including, study programmes and traineeships, vocational courses such as BTECs and apprenticeships. Young people are also advised to visit the Skills for Worcestershire website.