Well done to York's GCSE students

Provisional results show that in the face of unprecedented changes to the exam system York students have fared extremely well, achieving excellent GCSE results.

The changes included changes in the grading system, which saw the system of 9-1 introduced in English language, English literature and mathematics last year being rolled out to 20 more subjects this year,  a more rigorous teaching regime emphasising a final exam instead of coursework and a more challenging content designed to allow our students to compete with the best in the world.

Provisional results show that 70.6% of York pupils gained grade 4+ in English and maths, which is expected to be above the national average.

Grade 5+ in English and maths are in line with last year’s results, and also expected to be above the national average.

Additionally, the average points score for six core subjects (known as the English Baccalaureate or EBacc) is 4.56 in York this year. Pupils who gain grade 9-4 in English, maths, two science subjects, a modern foreign language and a humanities subject achieve an EBacc.

Cllr Keith Myers, Executive Member for Education, Children and Young People, said: “Once again young people across the city have achieved some truly excellent results. They’ve worked tirelessly, with the support of their schools, parents and carers, helping York to achieve some of the best GCSE results in the country whilst grappling with major changes to the whole GCSE system, which couldn’t have been easy. Creating a highly qualified, highly skilled workforce is critical to growing the city’s economy and I’m delighted that young people across the city have done so well.”