Hounslow students rise to the challenge of tougher GCSEs

Hounslow Council has congratulated schools across the borough yesterday [Thursday, 23 August] as students celebrated receiving excellent GCSE results.  

Published: Thursday, 23rd August 2018

Image of students celebrating from Springwest Academy and Logic Studio yesterday morning.

This year for the first time the majority of GSCE subjects taken were more challenging for pupils and were assessed using the new grading system from 9 (higher than the previous A*) to 1, with a grade 4 seen as a ‘standard pass’ (broadly equivalent to previous grade C). 

These exam reforms were introduced by the government to ensure that young people leave school better prepared for work or further study. GCSEs are now more challenging and designed to match the standards of other high performing education systems elsewhere in the world.

Pupils in Hounslow have achieved hugely improved Maths and English GCSE results this year.  68 per cent of Hounslow pupils achieved grade 4 in both subjects, 4 per cent better than the national average last summer.

Almost half achieved the more challenging grade 5 In both English and Maths, 2 per cent above last year and 6 per cent above last year’s national average.

Pupils across the borough also performed well in other GCSEs, with provisional information indicating Hounslow pupils have outperformed their peers nationally across their best 8 GCSEs.  Numbers achieving the English Baccalaureate (comprising 5 subjects including English, Maths, Science, a language and a humanities subject) were once again high in Hounslow with 39 per cent of pupils achieving this with grade 4s or better (15 per cent above national performance last year) and 27 percent with grade 5s (5 per cent above 2017 national)

Councillor Tom Bruce, Cabinet Member for Education and Children and Youth Services, Hounslow Council, said: “Well done to everyone who received GCSE results yesterday, particularly given the new challenging exams that the government started to introduce last year.

“It is a testament to the skill and commitment of all our teachers, support staff, governors and parents and the hard work of our young people that means they continue to achieve at the highest standard.

“As a council we are proud of the continuing high-quality education that is available in our schools and we want to ensure that our children and young people are given every opportunity to succeed and progress into sixth form, college or apprenticeships.”

For any students who are now unsure about what to do next, the Hounslow 14-19 Connexions Team are available to provide free impartial advice and guidance on the range of post 16 options available.   

Hounslow Connexions Service
Hounslow Library
Civic Centre
Lampton Road

Monday*/Wednesday/Thursday every week from 2- 5pm 
*Closed on Monday 27 August (Bank Holiday) Open on Tuesday 28 August instead

Drop in or call 020 8583 5151 to make an appointment

On Tuesday 18 September the Connexions service is hosting a special ‘What Next after GCSE or A Levels’ event.  There will be an opportunity to access impartial advice and guidance, plus meet local colleges and training providers.

For more information, visit our Connexions page or call 020 8583 5151 

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