THE MAJORITY of East Riding secondary schools achieved record exam results as the final results were checked – but a small number of schools have been affected by national problems with GCSE English marking with one examination board.
The East Riding has improved its performance against all GCSE measures with a three per cent improvement in the gold standard of five or more A* to C grades including English and mathematics to 59 per cent in 2012.
The proportion gaining five or more good passes in any subject has increased by 5 per cent to 85 per cent, 15 per cent above the national average. The average point score, one of the best ways to measure the success of every child, has increased for the seventh consecutive year.
The Holderness secondary school results for those students achieving the gold standard mark of five or more GCSE passes at A* to C grade, including English and maths are below.
School % of five or more passes at A* to C Grade including maths and English (gold standard):
- Hornsea School 69%
- South Holderness Technology College 51%
- Withernsea High School 53%
Several schools in the East Riding have been negatively affected by a late change in grade boundaries in English GCSE, this includes South Holderness Technology College.
Alison Michalska, director of children, family and adult services at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “The national concern around the English mark is extremely worrying and wish our schools well in challenging the results for their pupils.”
Large numbers of schools, head teachers organisations and local authorities will ask for papers to be remarked and challenge the process of English marking as a whole by one examination board. Many schools across the country are challenging the single examination board about the changes that have led to almost 9,000 fewer grades A*-C in English this year.
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