Schools record best ever GCSE resultsBy Victoria Smith
February 02, 2012
Wokingham's GCSE pupils have scored their best ever results at Key Stage Four, according to final results published last week.
Thrilled schools are celebrating the outstanding achievements of the borough’s secondary pupils who sat GCSE exams last summer.
The percentage of pupils gaining five or more A* to C grades in Wokingham has risen to 83.7 per cent in 2011 – more than four percentage points higher than the national figure for maintained schools.
The percentage of pupils in Wokingham gaining five or more A* to C grades including English and maths also rose this year to 67.6 per cent, placing Wokingham 8.7 percentage points above the national figure of 58.9 per cent.
Nearly all the borough’s pupils – 99.4 per cent – got at least one GCSE or equivalent pass.
Councillor Rob Stanton, executive member for education services, said: “These results are excellent and show again that we offer high quality secondary school education in Wokingham Borough.”
The top-performing council school was The Holt, although it is now an academy and will now work more independently from the local authority.
The figures also show disadvantaged pupils in Wokingham performed well in comparison to their national peers – 34.2 per cent achieved five or more A* to C grades including English and maths in Wokingham compared with 33.9 per cent nationally.
The achievement gap in the borough between disadvantaged children and their classmates has fallen from 49 percentage points in 2010 to 35 in 2011 at the key five or more A* to C grades including English and maths indicator.
Cllr Stanton added: “Wokingham’s strong performance at Key Stage 4 does not allow for complacency; whilst results are generally favourable we must ensure that the good work carried out in schools to raise the attainment of some of our most vulnerable pupils continues.”
Bracknell Forest’s results show an improvement compared to the previous year.
In the GCSE exams taken last summer the percentage of young people achieving the national benchmark of five or more A* to C grades, including English and maths, rose to 59.6 per cent from 56.9 per cent in 2010. The results come in just slightly above the national average of 58.9 per cent.
The percentage of pupils achieving five or more A* to C grades in all subjects is 88 per cent, again beating the national average of 79.5 per cent.
Within the borough Ranelagh, which became an academy school as of August last year, came top of the class with 81 per cent of pupils achieving five or more grades at A* to C including English and maths.
Edgbarrow School was second with 77 per cent, ahead of Sandhurst School, which saw 53 per cent of pupils achieve the grades.
The Department for Education’s new method of presenting results for schools makes it easier for parents to compare the achievements of each secondary school.
The results published last week show schools had the following percentage achieving five or more A* to C grades including English and maths:
Bearwood College 86
Bulmershe School 53
Emmbrook School 66
Forest School 61
Holt School 81
Maiden Erlegh 74
The Piggott 74
Reading Blue Coat 100
St Crispin’s 77