Council praises Southend students for impressive GCSE results

Published Friday, 25th August 2017

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Southend-on-Sea Borough Council is today praising GCSE students and schools across the Borough for what looks to be an impressive set of GCSE results.

Due to changes in examination qualifications in English and Maths, with grades for these subjects now being reported on a scale of 1 to 9 compared to A* - G previously, it is not possible to provide an exact comparison with last year’s results.

Provisional results indicate that 72% of students in Southend achieved grade 4 or above in English & Maths combined. Grade 4 is the threshold considered to be a ‘standard pass’ by the Department for Education and the bottom of this grade aligns with the bottom of the previous C grade.

In 2016, 69% of Southend students achieved C or above in both English and maths.

Cllr Courtenay, Executive Councillor for Children and Learning, said: “Early signs are that the hard work and commitment of students, teachers and their families are paying dividends. They should all be rightly proud of their achievements. This early set of results indicates that schools in Southend are continuing to improve in Maths and English, which are so important for work, training or further education.

“It is important now to celebrate these achievements. The students have worked hard, but equally I know that schools will be considering their results and starting to build on them for next year.

“The plans that Southend-on-Sea Borough Council has put in place for an Education Board will go some way to offering schools the support, and the challenge they need to achieve this aspiration.

“But for now, celebrate your achievements and enjoy the remains of the summer break.”

The council’s connexions team are also organising a ‘clearing’ style event tomorrow, to offer young people advice and guidance about their options including information for students who didn’t get the results they expected and to offer alternative training or educational opportunities

This will take place on Friday 25 August in Civic 2 (next to the Civic Centre tower block and police station) ground floor from 10am to 4pm.

Southend United Football Club, training providers such as SEETEC, Catch 22 and Life Skills Solutions and representatives from Southend Adult Community College, will also be in attendance to offer support, guidance and information.

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