“It is pleasing that good improvements have been made by a number of schools, such as Calthorpe Park School in Fleet, Hamble School and The Arnewood School – an academy school in the New Forest. These schools have made significant advances in performance this year.
“Of course there are some schools that will not have progressed as far as they might have hoped. Our School Improvement Services will be offering their assistance to those schools to support them in driving up standards.
“Hampshire’s pupils, their families, and schools can be very proud of the results for 2018, setting this year’s group of 16 year olds in good stead for vocational training or further study at A Level.”
2017 saw mathematics, English language and English literature adopting the new ratings system of 1-9, and this year a further 20 subjects have moved over to the new system leaving only a few of the smaller entry subjects with the more familiar A*-G grading system.
Councillor Reid added: “The range of options for learning after finishing GCSEs keeps on growing, making it easier for young people to take the next positive step on their personal journey to a future career and full time employment. Those who are drawn to academic study can pursue college courses and may even look forward to higher education, but we now also have plenty of options in Hampshire for anyone keen to get straight into work, and start building skills and working experience from an early age. As a major employer, the County Council itself takes on around 100 apprentices and trainees each year, providing a variety of roles from office work to social care and construction.
“If any young student receiving their results is now unsure of their next step, I would urge them to email firstname.lastname@example.org for advice.”