Proud of Rotherham students GCSE success

Published Thursday, 22nd August 2019 GCSE success in Rotherham

The anxious wait is over for pupils in Rotherham today as thousands of young people receive their GCSE results.

And once again, early reports show that pupils from the Borough’s 16 secondary schools have achieved exceptional results.

Amongst those pupils celebrating success today are Steven Cheshire of Oakwood High School who achieved seven grade nine GCSE passes whilst also getting an A* for A-Level Maths, Goda Zabitaite of Swinton Academy who achieved five grade 9, two grade eight and one grade 6 GCSE passes and Alijah Mustafa of Clifton Community School, who achieved four grade nine and five grade 8 GCSE passes.

Pupils are now awarded numerical grades, from nine to one (with nine being the top grade) in most subjects, instead of the traditional alphabetical grades.

The new system of marking and grading for GCSEs was initially introduced in 2017 in English Language, English Literature and Maths only. More than 20 extra subjects were included last year with further 25 added this year, including engineering, Punjabi and media studies.

The new criteria will be in place for all subjects by next summer.

A full guide for parents about the new system, including how the new numerical and alphabetical grades compare, is available on the Government website.

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 were introduced following a review of the national curriculum by the Department for Education, which began in 2011.

Cllr Gordon Watson, Deputy Leader of Rotherham Council and Cabinet Member for Children and Young People and Families Services said: “Reading the individual success stories of Rotherham students from across the borough should make us all extremely proud, especially when you consider they have had to contend with significant, on-going changes to GCSEs.

“Exams are tough and our young people are put under a lot of pressure but the hard work that has gone into achieving these results is testament to the teachers, parents and of course the students themselves.

“For those that haven’t done so well, it’s certainly not the end of the world and there are many great opportunities available for everyone – whether that be continuing in education or in the world of work. I urge students to take advantage of the advice and support available from careers co-ordinators in schools or through the Rotherham Early Help Service website.”

The exam performance of local schools is compared in league tables which use Progress 8, a measure introduced in 2016, to show how much progress pupils have made between the end of primary school and their GCSEs.

Because Progress 8 is calculated by assessing how children compare across the country, any school’s Progress 8 score for 2019 will not be known until the nationwide results have been collected, and averages calculated. The Government will publish these figures later in the year.

View the new grading guide

Visit the Rotherham Early Help Service website