Wiltshire top of the class as more pupils achieve five good GCSE grades

Wiltshire top of the class as more pupils achieve five good GCSE grades

More Wiltshire secondary school students are achieving five or more good grades at GCSE with 92 percent taught in schools which are good or outstanding, according to latest government figures.

Performance tables released today (21 January) by the Department for Education, show 60.5 percent of students in Wiltshire have achieved the benchmark of five or more good GCSEs (A*-C) including English and maths, higher than students nationally and an improvement of nearly four percent on last year’s figure of 56.8 percent.

High proportions of Wiltshire students continue to make the expected progress in their knowledge and understanding of the key subjects of English and maths subjects with 71.7% and 72.6% respectively achieving this benchmark.

Nearly a quarter of students (24.8%) also achieved the English Baccalaureate with good GCSEs in academic subjects including English, maths, sciences, language, and geography or history.    Sixth form students have also maintained high levels of achievements in A level exams.  Nearly all students in Wiltshire taking A levels achieved at least one A*- E A level grade (99.6%), with 93.7 percent and 81.1 percent leaving with two or three A* – E A level grades respectively. In A levels, 15.9% of students gained AAB or higher grades in at least two ‘facilitating subjects.’ These include maths, English, sciences and languages which help students compete for top university places.

The 2015 figures reflect Ofsted’s recent annual report which noted 92 percent of Wiltshire secondary school students, which equates to nearly 27,000 students, are in good or outstanding secondary schools.

Laura Mayes, cabinet member for children’s services at Wiltshire Council said: “I’d like to congratulate our pupils for these excellent results and the schools for providing a thriving academic environment where our young people can excel – an important feature recognised by Ofsted.” Carolyn Godfrey, corporate director at Wiltshire Council said: “We are committed to helping our young people reach their potential and I’m delighted we can once again celebrate good results. We will always seek further improvement and it is this continual drive to help our students achieve their very best which has been recognised nationally.”

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