Reading's GCSE and A Level Students Shine Again

News Article

13/01/2011

Official Government figures published today show that Reading’s considerable improvement in GCSE results over the last four years has been sustained and has improved even further with the local authority figures showing increases in most of the major indicators.

The percentage of pupils achieving five or more GCSEs or equivalent by the end of Key Stage 4 at grades A* to C has increased from 70.4% in 2009 to 78% this year. This increase is above the national increase of 5.4 percentage points to 75.4%. Since 2006, the Local Authority has increased the percentage of pupils achieving five or more GCSEs or equivalent by 21.9 percentage points which means that the Local Authority has come from below the national average to be higher than the national average now.

There is an increase in the number of pupils achieving at five or more A* to C grade GCSEs including English and mathematics and means the Local Authority figure at 54.7% remains higher than the national average of 53.4%. Over the four years since 2006, the national improvement at this measure has been 6.9 percentage points compared to 7.3 percentage points in Reading.

The average point score per pupil is 465.3 which is 34.1 points above last year’s. As a result of this large increase Reading is now 26.8 points above the national figure compared to being just below national in 2007.

The number of pupils leaving school with no qualifications now stands at 0.7% compared with 4.2% in 2006.

22.9% of pupils in Reading achieved the newly introduced English Baccalaureate qualification compared with a national figure of 15.6%.

Official figures released by the DfE today show that A Level, AS Level and equivalent results in Reading are again significantly better than those nationally. The average point score per student in the Local Authority is 851.4 compared with the national figure of 744.8. The points score per entry for Reading students is 235.2 compared with the national of 214.4. This result ensures that Reading remains as the highest ranking authority in the country.