Students smash records with GCSE results
Published: 27 Aug 2013 17:30
The number of pupils achieving the national benchmark of five or more A*-C grades including English and maths, rose to 63 per cent in Bracknell Forest, compared to 61.4 per cent last year.
Youngsters in Woking-ham borough did even better - with 71.8% reaching the target, up from 65.7% in 2012. The national average in 2012 was 58.8 per cent.
Easthampstead Park Community School in Great Hollands and Edgbarrow School in Crowthorne were among those celebrating as they both achieved record-breaking results last Thursday. Of the 135 GCSE students at Easthampstead Park, 57% bagged at least five A*-Cs including English and maths - a jump of 13% from last year.
Headteacher Liz Cook said: "We are delighted with our school's best-ever GCSE results and pleased that the students and teachers who have worked so hard have been rewarded with grades that reflect this."
Among the success stories was Rachael Ambler, from Wooden Hill, who burst into tears after learning she had secured six A*s, two As and two Bs in her GCSE exams.
She said: "I'm so relieved; I'm over the moon. I don't know what to say."
Edgbarrow students also excelled, with a record 89% reaching the national benchmark - compared with 80% in 2012.
Janette Karklins, director of children, young people and learning at Bracknell Forest Council, said: "I would like to congratulate all those young people in the borough who have worked so hard to achieve success in their GCSE exams this year.
"There have been some fantastic results and it is very pleasing to see the continuing upward trend in the borough's overall results. Thanks are due to the many teachers and other members of staff across the borough who have done so much to support our students.
Before publishing this year's results, the Office for Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual) issued a warning that there are a number of changes that might mean GCSE results in summer 2013 look different from 2012.
Tougher marking in English and mathematics, more difficult examinations in the sciences, and changes to the pattern of entries were all suggested as reasons why students may have not have done as well this year than they expected.
Dr Karklins said: "Schools in the local authority will now be analysing their results in greater depth and this will give us a clearer picture of the impact of any of the changes that have been made to the assessment and grading of exams this year."
Cllr Charlotte Haitham Taylor, executive member for children's services at Wokingham Borough Council, said: "Compared to the national picture of a drop in A*to C grades, I am delighted with this most encouraging set of results.
"The hard work of all those involved in the GCSE examinations has again been reflected in high levels of attainment.
"I am proud of all the secondary schools in Wokingham borough and congratulate both them, and their students and parents, on all they have achieved this year."
For a full round-up of GCSE results and photos from all local schools, buy a copy of the Bracknell News, out on Thursday.
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