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GSCE results a success for Goole and Howden high schools

Schools in the East Riding area are celebrating their best ever GCSE results. This years figures, which were judged by a different set of measures to previous years, show performance for all East Riding schools and academies has significantly improved.

The previous ‘gold standard’ pass (five or more good passes including english and maths)  last year was at 56 per cent in the East Riding area. This year, the number has risen to 67 per cent – the biggest improvement and the best ever result.

The average grade across eight subjects for Howden School was an impressive grade B, with 63 per cent of Howden school students and 45 per cent of Goole High Students received an A*-C in English and Maths.

Councillor Julie Abraham, portfolio holder for children, young people and education, said, “We are delighted with the improvements that many East Riding schools have brought about this year, which is a continued move in the right direction.

“This is down to the hard work of young people and their families supported by dedicated school staff.

“These results show that young people in our schools are achieving the success they deserve and going onto employment, education and training of their choice. This is confirmed by the above national average destination data for school and college leavers at 16 and 18 in the East Riding.”

John Seaman, the council’s principal improvement adviser, said:  “These impressive results are underpinned by many outstanding stories of hard work and application, as well as committed teaching and support.

“We look forward to further improving Ofsted inspection outcomes for East Riding schools, building on the foundation of this year’s best ever inspection outcomes. We are proud of the work done by young people throughout the East Riding, with the support of their carers and families. We greatly appreciate the hard work of head teachers, teaching and support staff that have contributed to these results.”

The new measures being used by Ofsted as the main measure of achievement in schools are: Attainment 8 – the average grade in eight subjects; Progress 8 – the average progress made by all pupils from KS2 to KS4; Percentage A*to C equivalent in both English and maths and percentage achieving the Baccalaureate (EBacc) subjects, (english, maths, science, humanities and a language).

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