Strong results for Hampshire students in national GCSE tables

Hampshire GCSE students this year performed comfortably better than the national average, according to new comparators published by the Department for Education

Oct 25 2018

GCSE students celebrate results
Provisional results for GCSEs taken in 2018 show students continue to score higher than average in all attainment measures. This was the first year that the new 9 to 1 grading system has been fully implemented (with a 9 being higher than an old A* and a 4 equating to a C pass). In Hampshire, the proportion of students awarded a Grade 4 or above in English and in Mathematics was 66.4 per cent, compared with 64.2 per cent nationally. The proportion of students gaining a Grade 5 (a “strong pass”) in both English and Mathematics was 45.0 per cent in Hampshire, compared to 43.2 per cent nationally.

Welcoming these figures, Councillor Stephen Reid, Executive Member for Education and Skills, Human Resources and Performance at Hampshire County Council, said:

“In Hampshire, student attainment at the end of their secondary education is consistently better than that of their peers nationally, in every measure. This is a huge credit to both the students and the schools they attended. 

“Ultimately, what is most important is that students are given every opportunity to do well and achieve a good set of GCSEs which, for them, is the evidence and strong foundation that they will need to go on to further and higher education, as well as into training and employment. The standards achieved this summer were really positive and securely above the national average.

“We continue to be ambitious for our family of schools. We want to offer outstanding education opportunities in Hampshire and 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 and we are very proud that Hampshire students are receiving such a high standard of education. Where a school requires it, Hampshire offers a proven and successful Schools Improvement Service to help all our schools achieve the highest possible standards.”

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.

Hampshire has high standards at the end of primary education and high standards at the end of secondary education which means the Progress 8 score of -0.09 is statistically in line with the national score. It must be borne in mind that any progress measure takes into account both the start and end points. The excellent standards achieved by our primary schools have an impact on this measure.