15/01/2004

GCSE results continue to show improvement

Today's GCSE/GNVQ performance tables have revealed that specialist schools outperformed non-specialist schools and schools facing challenging circumstances improved at double the national rate, the government claimed today.

According to today's tables, the overall percentage of pupils receiving good grades at GCSE has improved – a 1.3 percentage point increase to 52.9% of pupils gaining five or more grades A*-C. But in specialist schools 56.7% of pupils achieved five good grades compared to 49.2% in non specialist.

The number of LEAs failing to reach the 38% target for pupils achieving five good grades has fallen from 18 in 2002 to eight in 2003, it was revealed. And the percentage of pupils achieving no passes dropped again this year to 5.2%.

The results also showed that the Sir John Cass Foundation and Redcoat Church of England Secondary School in East London was the most improved school between 2000 and 2003.

School Standards Minister David Miliband said: "The GCSE/GNVQ results show that we are making steady upward progress in the numbers gaining five or more passes at grades A* to C.

"I am particularly pleased that those schools facing some of the toughest education challenges in the country have improved at double this rate. There are now 114 schools gaining less than 20% five good GCSEs compared to 361 in 1997."

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