GCSE success for Birmingham

By on 24/08/2010 in News

The proportion of pupils gaining five or more good GCSEs in Birmingham has risen by 37 per cent since the start of the Millennium, provisional figures show.

The city appears on track for its best set of GCSE results ever this year, with the proportion of youngsters gaining five or more grade A* to Cs now 78 per cent, compared to 41 per cent in 2000. The pass rate has risen by 5.3 per cent compared to 2009.

Including English and maths, early figures show a 7.3 per cent rise on 2009 to 55 per cent, putting the authority ahead of last year's national average of 49.7 per cent (this year's national figure is not yet available).

The authority also now has no school below the Government floor target of 30 per cent of pupils gaining five or more GCSEs including English and maths. Last year there were nine.

The results further confirm Birmingham's already established status as the best-performing large urban authority in the country for educational attainment.

Cllr Les Lawrence, Birmingham's Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Families, said: “It is fantastic to see we appear on course for another record set of GCSE results and I would like to congratulate all the children, parents, teachers and other school staff who have worked so hard to make this happen.

“We have built a reputation for educational attainment in Birmingham and are immensely proud of our schools and all those involved in this success story.

“I wish all the young people of this city who are picking up their results today the very best for their future and encourage them to make the most of their potential whatever they now choose to do.”

Tony Howell, Strategic Director for Children, Young People and Families, who is retiring in January, added: “It is with mixture of pride and sadness that I watch pupils in Birmingham pick up their GCSE results for the last time in my role as service director.

“It has been a great pleasure to see so many of our young children do so well. I am proud to have played my part in the on-going educational success of this city.
“This would not have been possible without the energy and commitment of everyone who works in our schools, our education teams, parents and the pupils themselves. I thank them all for their support over the last nine years and extend my warmest wishes for the future.”

Schools making major improvements in the proportion pupils gaining five or more A* to Cs including English and maths are: Baverstock - up 11 per cent to 37 per cent; Kingsbury - up 23 per cent to 71 per cent; Turves Green - up 23 per cent to 52 per cent; Cockshut Hill - up 22 per cent to 52 per cent; Frankley - up 21 per cent to 41 per cent; Hall Green, up 15 per cent to 72 per cent.

Other notable school and individual pupil successes include:

• Washwood Heath Technology College saw the proportion of pupils gaining five or more GCSEs including English and maths rose 18 per cent to 51 per cent. The school has adopted a “vertical learning” approach where pupils are taught by stage rather than age.
•  Waverley School recorded a five or more A* to C pass rate of 100 pre cent, with more than half (51 per cent) of pupils gaining at least ten passes at that level. Five students gained 15 A* to Cs and a further five got 14. The percentage gaining five or more GCSEs A* to C including English and maths was 48 per cent.
• Plantsbrook School saw 90 per cent of pupils gain five or more A* to Cs - ten per cent improvement on last year. Including English and maths, the pass rate was 68.4 per cent, up seven per cent on the previous year. Pupils Amber Barnard and Sam Forrest each had seven of their GCSEs graded A*. Head teacher Tracey Campbell said: “We are delighted with these results. Yet again, our students have beaten previous records and can be really proud of what they have achieved.”
• Park View School student Farah Khan gained 12 A* or A grades; Holyhead School pupil Saira Ali gained 18 GCSEs graded between A* and C, eight of them being either an A*or an A grade; Hodge Hill pupil James Mullins gained 19 A* to C grades and an additional 19 pupils at the school obtained 14 or more A* to C grades; King Edward Camp Hill for Girls saw 23 pupils achieving ten or more A* grades.
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