GCSE joy for Birmingham

By on 13/01/2010 in News

Birmingham has achieved above the national average for GCSE results for a third consecutive year.

The proportion of pupils gaining five or more A* to Cs in GCSEs taken last summer was 72.7 per cent compared to a national average of 70 per cent.

The result represents a six per cent rise on the previous year and a leap of 34 per cent over the last decade, confirming Birmingham's position as the best large urban authority for educational attainment.

There was a dramatic fall in the number of secondary schools below the Government's “National Challenge” floor target of 30 per cent of pupils getting five or more A* – Cs at GCSE, including English and Mathematics, from 20 last year to nine.

Birmingham schools also showed steady improvement in the proportion of pupils gaining five A* – Cs including English and maths - up two per cent to 47.7 per cent and just 2.1 per cent below the national average of 49.8 per cent.

Improvements continued to be made among groups identified at risk of under-achieving with the performance of black Caribbean boys and Pakistani boys both improving by nine per cent in GCSEs and five per cent among white disadvantaged boys.

Birmingham's Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Families Cllr Les Lawrence said: “What we are seeing in Birmingham is a steady rise in educational attainment.

“We do better than any other similar major urban authority for GCSE results and our status as a powerhouse for education is growing.

“I would like to take this opportunity to pay tribute to the hard work of teachers and other school staff, parents and pupils who have contributed to this success story.”

Tony Howell, Strategic Director for Children, Young People and Families, added: “I would also like to congratulate all those who work in schools from teachers to administrative staff.

“A lot of hard work and dedication is responsible for these set of results and I am sure we will go from strength to strength in years to come.”

Click on the link below for the results in full.

http://www.dcsf.gov.uk/cgi-bin/performancetables/group_09.pl?Mode=Z&Type=LA&Begin=s&No=330&Base=g&Phase=1&F=1&L=50&Year=09

ENDS

Further information from Shahid Naqvi 0121 303 3635.

Notes to Editors
• In 2006 the proportion of pupils in Birmingham gaining five or more A* to Cs was 58.9 per cent compared to a national average of 59 per cent. In 2007 it was 61.8 per cent compared to the national average of 61.5 per cent. In 2008 Birmingham's pass rate was 66.4 compared to 64.6 nationally.
• This year's score of 72.7 per cent for five A* to Cs at GCSE compares to an average of 67 per cent among “core cities”.
• Core cities are other large urban authorities with similar levels of deprivation, such as Manchester, Leeds, Liverpool, Sheffield, Bradford, Bristol, Nottingham and Wolverhampton.

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