Cabinet report confirms Hampshire’s education performance is high

Hampshire County Council’s Cabinet has heard how strong foundations laid in early years and primary school education enables Hampshire pupils to go from strength to strength, succeeding throughout the school key stages in readiness for further and higher education and training

Mar 12 2019

Councillor Roy Perry, Leader of Hampshire County Council, said: “It is good to see that the educational performance of Hampshire students, reaching the end of their secondary education, is consistently good and they continue to outperform their peers regionally and nationally. Without doubt, this sets them in good stead for life, giving them the fundamentals for future success in education and vocational training.

“There is a very low proportion of young people not in education, employment or training in the county.  The overwhelming majority – over 96 per cent - leave secondary education and go on to do A’Levels, vocational training, start an apprenticeship or go straight in to work.
“Furthermore, a very high number of A’ Level students successfully gain a place at university - I understand around 100 young people from Hampshire’s sixth form colleges have secured an Oxbridge place this year. This is a huge credit to the students as well as the schools and sixth form colleges they have attended.”

In 2018, by the end of pre-school education, over 76 per cent of children attained a good level of development, compared with 71.5 per cent nationally. By the end of primary education 68 per cent of children are meeting the government’s measure for age related expectations, compared with 64 per cent nationally. And, at GCSE level, 66.4 per cent met the government’s ‘Basics’ measure (Grade 4 or higher in both English and Mathematics), compared with 64.2 per cent nationally. When compared with Southampton and Portsmouth, Hampshire GCSE students perform well, with 45 per cent achieving Grade 5 in English and Maths, compared with 36 per cent and 37 per cent respectively.

Hampshire also scored highly in the Attainment 8 figures – a statistical calculation that measures the results of every student across eight subjects. Higher figures reflect better results. Hampshire’s Attainment 8 score was 47.0 compared to the national score of 46.5.

Councillor Perry added: “This County Council continues to be ambitious for schools and students. It is important that outstanding education opportunities are maintained in Hampshire,  and the County Council’s education specialists actively work in partnership with school leaders to that end. Over 90 per cent of Hampshire schools are judged to be good or outstanding by Ofsted. 

“I, for one, am extremely proud that Hampshire students are receiving such a high standard of education. Of course, where a school requires it, Hampshire offers a proven and successful School Improvement Service to help all our schools achieve the highest possible standards.”