GCSE success in RotherhamPublished Thursday, 23rd August 2018
THOUSANDS of pupils are today celebrating after scooping great results across the borough for GCSEs.
Individual pupils in Rotherham schools have scored exceptionally well again this year despite Government changes to the GCSE marking system which came into play for the first time last year.
Pupils in England taking their exams are now awarded numerical grades from nine to one, with nine being the top grade, instead of traditional alphabetical grades in 20 subjects including sciences, geography and modern foreign languages.
The new GCSEs, which have been taught in classrooms across England since 2015, are also more challenging and cover more content than in previous years.
The changes are part of a larger reform by the Department for Education which began in 2011 with the national curriculum review. The new marking system applied to just three subjects last year; maths, English literature and English language. Further changes to other subjects will take place in 2019 with all changes to GCSEs concluded by 2020.
Cllr Gordon Watson, Deputy Leader of Rotherham Council and Cabinet Member for Children and Young People and Families Services said: "Congratulations to all the students who have worked so hard to achieve these results, which are especially impressive given the added pressures due to the changes to the grading system and the more demanding GCSEs.
"Initially, these changes may be confusing for students and parents but Rotherham has a strong record of success of GCSE performance and despite the challenges, I'm sure our students and schools will continue to compete well on a regional and national scale.
“I know a lot of hard work has gone into achieving these results and the pupils are a credit to the teachers, parents and of course themselves. I’d like to say ‘well done’ to each and every student for their dedication and perseverance.
“It’s onwards and upwards for Rotherham’s students now with many taking their next steps into further education. I wish them all the best of luck in their future education and careers”
League tables will compare schools using Progress 8, a measure introduced in 2016 to show how much progress pupils have made between the end of primary school and their GCSEs.
For pupils themselves, it is still their individual exam results that matter, but for schools, Progress 8 is what will be used to judge their success.
Because Progress 8 is calculated by assessing how children compare to other children across the country, any school’s Progress 8 score for 2018 will not be known until the results across the country have been collected, and averages calculated. The Government will publish these figures later in the year.
Some of the individual performances this year include Olivia Rhodes from Rawmarsh Community School who scored an impressive clutch of top grades including 8 grade 9s, 1 grade 8, and 1 A*.
Fellow classmate Luke Dobson collected 12 top grades including 6 grade 8s, 1 grade 7 and 3 grade As.