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GCSE Results: District continues to perform well

Results show West Berkshire remains above national average

STOCK IMAGE: Two girls celebrate GCSE result

Congratulations to the students across West Berkshire who picked up their results yesterday (Thursday 22 August).

Picking up their results was the culmination of two years of hard work by more than 1,700 students, and the school staff who taught them and supported them during that time. As well as some outstanding performances from many students who achieved multiple top grades, the district as a whole continues to perform well.

GCSE exams were reformed in 2017, with the introduction of 'end of course' assessment by examination only. Since then, West Berkshire secondary schools have performed above the national average in all key measures - and looks to do so again this year as results nationally begin to emerge. In English, the pass rate is provisionally 14% above national, and 16% above in higher grades. Maths exceeds the national average by 11%. In two schools, combined English and Maths results improved by five or more percentage points on 2018.

Students who are educated outside of mainstream provision - known as Alternative Provision - also achieved a range of creditable awards.

Speaking on results day, Councillor Dominic Boeck, Executive Member for Children, Young People and Education said:

"Congratulations to all our students on being awarded their grades today. Working for these qualifications requires dedication, determination and hard work and I hope everyone received the grades they were hoping for. In West Berkshire we have a good track record in students remaining in education or moving on to training or employment and I wish our students all the best for the future.

"While our students rightly enjoy their moment in the spotlight today we should also reflect on a good set of results for the district. We continue to perform above the national average as last year and we had some particularly good results in English and Maths. This is further evidence of our commitment that West Berkshire remains a great place to learn, and to help individual students reach their full potential."

More information about the Council's commitment to helping everyone reach their full potential can be found in the new Council Strategy 2019-23. To read the strategy visit www.westberks.gov.uk/strategyandperformance.