Birmingham exam results continue to improve

By on 12/01/2011 in News

Continued improvements in Birmingham's examination results are a considerable achievement for which students and teachers should be congratulated, Councillor Les Lawrence has said.

At the end of Key Stage 4, the percentage of pupils achieving 5A*-C GCSE grades including English and mathematics (54.9%) now equals the national percentage, and the city is equal first on this measure in comparison with other large urban authorities and local authorities identified by the DfE as being demographically similar.  In addition, the percentage of pupils achieving 5A*-C grades in any subjects has improved again this year to 81.8%.  Birmingham's results are once again above the national average on this measure (75.6%) and the city is also equal first in comparison with similar local authorities. 

The A level outcomes also reflect the continued improvement in the city's examination results.  In Birmingham, 94.3% achieved two or more passes (compared with 93.6% nationally) and 10.6% of students achieved three or more A* or A grades (compared with 12.4% nationally).  For students achieving three or more A* or A grades, Birmingham remains amongst the highest in comparison with similar local authorities.  For the percentage of students achieving two or more A level passes, Birmingham continues to be above the average for similar local authorities and above the national average.

“These results reflect the continued commitment of schools and of the local authority to ensuring the best possible outcomes for all of our young people, and they provide a platform on which to build further in the future,” Cllr Lawrence cabinet member for children, young people and families, added.

The 2010 DfE School Performance Tables for the first time include schools' results for the government's proposed English Baccalaureate.  To be awarded the Baccalaureate, a student needs to achieve A*-C grades in English, mathematics, science, a humanities subject and a language.   The percentages of students achieving the required grades in these subjects are relatively small (both locally at 13.6% and nationally at 15.5%) because of the increasing number of alternative subjects and qualifications that have been become available in recent years.  The year on year improvements in GCSE results in the city (for example, a 13.9 percentage point increase over the past five years for pupils achieving 5A*-C GCSE grades including English and mathematics in Birmingham, compared with a 10.8 increase nationally) reflect the varied and challenging curriculum that has already been developed in our schools.

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