GCSE results in Redcar and Cleveland have once again improved as 58% of pupils achieved five A*-C grades including Maths and English.
In secondary schools and academies across the borough, pupils received the results they’d been working for, for the last five years and more of them than ever before have received passing grades in the key subjects of Maths and English – 62.1%.
Cllr Craig Hannaway, cabinet member for children at Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council, said: “Congratulations to all the young people of the borough who have achieved so well, and my thanks to schools, academies and the local authority education service for all their hard work.
“We expect that these results will compare favourably with this year’s national levels of achievement for the majority of Academies and schools. We also recognise that a challenge still exists to raise the achievement of young people in Redcar and Cleveland.”
New for this year, the council has been given an ‘Attainment 8’ figure of 48.6 which is approximately a grade B/C. ‘Attainment 8’ is the average achievement of school pupils across eight subjects with each letter grade given a points equivalent, an A* is eight points and points descend down to one point for a G grade.
This number will be used to rank the borough’s performance compared to the rest of the country when ‘Progress 8’ figures are confirmed in October.
To make sure the borough’s ranking continues to rise, Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council is working with local authority managed schools and the Education Improvement Partnership, which looks after the academies in the borough, to make sure even more pupils get five A*-C GCSEs in the future.
Linda Halbert, Chair of the Education Improvement Partnership added: “Our schools and academies are working in partnership, alongside the Local Authority, to support all of the young people in Redcar and Cleveland to achieve their potential. We know that by working together we are providing greater opportunities for students to succeed. We are very ambitious for our students and our schools and want to achieve excellence for all.”