Kirklees students are celebrating after receiving their GCSE results.

Celebrations are again taking place across Kirklees after more students pass their GCSEs.

New look grading system for most subjects

This is the second year that Mathematics, English language and English Literature have been graded with the new 9 – 1 grading scale. This year an additional 20 GCSE subjects were graded in a similar manner. These new GCSE are designed to be more challenging than ever before. However, early signs are that Kirklees students have performed well.

More students achieved at least a standard pass

Final verification does not take place until later in the year but initial results show:

An increase in the percentage of students achieving at least a grade 4 or more (standard pass) in Maths, up from 67.9% last year to 68.7%.

In English, we have seen a similar picture with 58.9% of students achieving a grade 5 or above, up from 58.3 last year. This suggests that Kirklees children compare well against national figures.

We are pleased to note a significant increase in the percentage of Kirklees students that were entered for the Ebacc qualification up from 34.1% in 2017 to 41.5% in 2018.

The Ebacc is a suite of five GCSE’s including English, Mathematics, Science, Humanities and a Language. This year we have seen a rise in the number of students achieving a strong pass in this suite of subjects,  24.4% achieved a grade 4 or above in the 5 subjects up to from 20.8% last year.

Well done to everyone

Outstanding individual achievements have been reported for many young people in Kirklees who have gained an amazing eight or more grades 7 and above. There are excellent schools in Kirklees and the council are delighted that their hard work continues to reap dividends for the young people and their community.

Cllr Masood Ahmed, Cabinet member for learning and aspiration said:

“Well done to the many hundreds of Kirklees students who have been rewarded for their hard work.

“Well done also to the schools in the region, who have shown a tremendous commitment in supporting young people to fulfil their potential. We are proud of you all.”

More information on the new grading system can be found on the BBC website.

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