GCSE results continue to improve in Birmingham

By on 23/08/2012 in Cllr Jones, News

Early indications show that Birmingham schools’ GCSE and equivalent results have improved again in 2012. 61% of candidates achieved 5 or more GCSE A*-C (or equivalents) including English and mathematics, compared with 58% in 2011. The provisional figure for 5 or more A*-C in any subjects is 90.0% compared with 86.4% in 2011.

Last year Birmingham had three schools below the expected level of performance of 35% of pupils achieving 5 or more A*-C including English and mathematics GCSEs. However, the Department for Education has this year raised the expected level to 40% of pupils. Using this new expected level of performance based on information received so far, Birmingham has two schools below the new measure of 40% for 2012. This compares to 4 schools that were below 40% in 2011.

Councillor Brigid Jones, cabinet member for children and family services, said: “Congratulations are due to all our young people who have worked so hard to achieve these results for GCSE exams and their equivalents. The support they receive both at school and from families and friends cannot be under-estimated. We should be proud of our schools and I wish all of our young people all the best for the next step.”

Notable achievements:

Waverly School: 25 pupils achieved 15 A*-C GCSE’s, 9 pupils achieved 16 A*-C and 3 pupils achieved 17 A*-C.

St Paul’s School for Girls:  One pupil achieved 11 A* and A and another pupil achieved 10 A* and 1 A.

Small Heath School and Sixth Form centre: The results this year showed another considerable improvement in the percentage of pupils achieving five or more A*- C grades and also five or more A*- C grades including English and maths. 71% of pupils attained five or more A*- C grades this year with 61% achieving this standard including English and Maths.

King Edward Vl Camp Hill School for Girls: 16 pupils achieving 11 A*s or equivalent at GCSE

King Edward Vl Camp Hill School for Boys: 85.4% of all GCSE's were at A*/A grades and a staggering 54.3% were at A* grade. One student achieved 11 A* grades, four achieved 10 straight A* grades, one achieved 10A*'s and one A grade. Seventy six out of a year group of ninety one achieved straight A*/A grades. 84% of students in the year group achieved at least 5A*/A grades.

Plantsbrook School: One pupil will 13 A*s, another with 8 A*s and 5 As, and another pupil with 7 A*s and 5 As.

Swanshurt School: 47 pupils achieved 8 or more grades at A* and A, 131 pupils achieved 3 or more grades at A* and A.

Bartley Green School: 16 pupils achieved 8 or more A*-A including one pupil achieving 13.5 with grades A*-A.

Kings Heath Boys: shown significant improvement 15% increase in five or more A*- C grades including English and Maths 65%.  One pupil with 13 A*-A with a grade B Level 3 qualification and another with 14 A*-B.

Stockland Green School: Two pupils achieved 20 A*-A grades between them.

John Willmott School: Seven pupils achieved 1 or more A*-B including one pupil achieving 6 A* and 5 As.

St Edmund Campion RC: shown significant improvment 20% increase of pupils with five or more A*- C grades (97%) and 14% increase in five or more A*- C grades including English and Maths (65%).  One pupil with 9 A* and 2 As and another pupil with 10 A* and 1A

Bishop Challoner: one student with 13 A*s and an A; 10 students with eight or more A*-A; 21 with six A*-A. 100% gained 5A*-C including English and maths, with 100% gaining 5A*-C.

Hamstead Hall: Best results ever for 5+ A*-C inc GCSE English and Maths.  10% up on previous best.  20% improvement in results from 2011 for 5+ A*-C inc GCSE English and maths.Nearly 40% of the whole year achieved A* or A in maths

Holyhead School: One pupil achieved 17 A*-D GCSE’s and six pupils achieved 16 A*.

Frankley Community High School: One pupil 7 A*, 2 A, 4 B and 3 C.  Four pupils achieved 16 A*.

Arthur Terry School: 86% of pupils achieved the government’s ‘Gold’ Standard of 5 or more A*-C grades including English and Maths an increase of 16% from last year. One pupil achieved 9 A*, 1.5 A and 1 B and  another pupil 8.5 A* and 3 A’s.

King Edward VI Handsworth School: One pupil achieved 12 A*s and another pupil achieved 12 A*s and 1 A.  11 A*s were also achieved by 6 pupils.

Bishop Walsh Catholic School: One pupil achieved 13 A* and two pupils achieved 10 A*s each.

HodgeHill School: 60 pupils with 14 more A*-C GCSEs or equivalent and 164 pupils with 10 or more A*C GCSEs  or equivalent.

Kingsbury School: Upward trend of results; best ever achieved by school, 31 pupils achieving 5 or more A*-A grades or equivalent.

Lordswood Boys School: One pupil 6 A*, 3 A and 1 A* distinction another pupil 5 A* and 7 As.

Peter Duxbury, strategic director for children and family services, said: “I would like to congratulate all our young people on their achievements and also thank all our schools staff , parents and carers for the invaluable support they have given to our young people.”

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  1. Gerry says:

    Great news for Brum, hard work by pupils, teachers, parents and governors, support staff and increased government funding have all paid off.

    Bring back Building Schools for the Future to give kids and staff the best environment in which to teach and learn.