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‘Fabulous GCSE results’ for West Sussex students despite tougher exams, says council

Most courses this year now have less emphasis on coursework and more on final exams.



West Sussex County Council said school children across the county ‘achieved some fabulous GCSE results’ on Thursday (23 August), ‘despite sitting harder new exams,’ according to early figures.

The vast majority of courses this year have been toughened up, with less emphasis on coursework over the two years and more on final exams.

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Most GCSE results in England are now being graded from 9 to 1, with 7 the equivalent to A and 4 a C grade.

Early figures provided by West Sussex schools and academies combined show that the proportion of West Sussex students achieving the pass level (Grade 4) is in line with the average of 66.6% across England.

The recent figures also suggest schools’ Attainment 8 scores (the average of their students’ grades across eight key subjects) were similar to last year despite the changes.

Richard Burrett, Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, said:

“Students have had to learn far more for these tougher exams so it is testament to their hard work and determination to succeed that this has been translated into some brilliant results.

“Individual schools will be celebrating some quite outstanding results on the back of last week’s strong A Level results. Much of this success is down to the excellent teaching and school support.”

Students who did not achieve the grades they wanted are encouraged to speak to their school or college about the opportunities still available to them.

The results are provisional until the Department for Education issues more detailed examination results later this year and the figures have been confirmed.


Crawley school celebrates 4 star rating by national organisation



Photo: Michael, Asad, Jasmyn, Rebecca, Jiya, Karolis, Riccardo and Mrs Loftus.

The Primary school in Crawley is celebrating after a national schools organisation rated them 4 stars.

The features information on over 34,000 primary and secondary schools across the UK.

Parents can search the guide to find a multitude of information about any school including test results.

Now the Crawley school is celebrating after the school gained such a high rating.

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Head Teacher Tobias Melia said:

“We’re delighted to achieved the 4 Star Rating again.  It’s testament to the hard work and commitment of all of our community; Children, Teachers, TAs, Parents and Governors.”

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