GCSE results consistent with previous year
Celebrations are taking place across Kirklees after students received their GCSE results today.
There have been some outstanding achievements across the district. Overall, early indications are that the local performance for 2015 will show our students following the changing national patterns but with outcomes above the national average.
This year again there was a greater emphasis on exams at the end of two years, rather than coursework and modular units.
Our results reflect the national picture and we know that many other local authorities are in a similar situation. There is again some unpredictability relating to changing maths boundaries by some exam boards and concerns relating to IGCSE English.
Last year, the percentage of Kirklees students achieving at least five A* to C grades, including English and maths, was 56% and all schools in England achieved an average of 53.4%.
Early indications are that the local figure for 2015 will be 56% similar to 2014, this includes some outstanding individual student performances in a number of schools.
It is too early to have a sense of the national picture but Ofqual are seeing little variation between this year’s results and the previous year’s results especially in mathematics.
Cllr Shabir Pandor, Cabinet member for Schools and Learning, said:
“As always, young people across Kirklees have worked hard to achieve their results and they should be very proud of them.
“The results are also testament to schools across Kirklees who deliver an excellent standard of education and are committed to ensuring that the young people they teach are able to achieve the very best within their individual ability.
“For these young people the journey to their future career had only just started. Their results will certainly help them achieve their future dreams, however it is worth remembering that there is more than one route open to them; whether it be further education, apprenticeships or work based training.
“Whatever path they now take these young people will increase the local skills base, it’s vital for the future workforce to be equipped for a wide range of opportunities to support the local economy.”