Thousands of Newham pupils are celebrating their GCSE results

26 August 2016 in Education
​More than 3,500 young people across the borough anxiously tore open their envelopes to find out their GCSE results this week.
The results show that approximately 63 per cent (63.4%) of pupils achieved A* to C grades including English and maths, compared with 60.7 per cent last year.

In addition, eight schools saw an increase in the percentage of pupils achieving A*-C grades, including English and maths. These were Brampton Manor, Cumberland, Forest Gate, Kingsford, Little Ilford, Rokeby, St Angela’s and The Royal Docks.

The largest increase was seen at Cumberland, where the school saw a 15 per cent increase in the number pupils obtaining A*- C compared to last year. This was followed by Kingsford School where grades increased by 10 per centage points - this was the second largest improvement.

This year, the government introduced two new measures of pupils’ achievements in Key Stage 4. Attainment 8 and Progress 8 will replace the gold standard for GCSE, alongside data on EBacc entries and attainment.

Progress 8 measures the progress a pupil has made from the end of primary school to the end of secondary school. It is a value-added measure, meaning that pupils’ results are compared to the results of other pupils with the same prior attainment. The greater the Progress 8 score, the greater the progress made by the pupil compared to the average of pupils with similar prior attainment.

Attainment 8 measures the achievement of a pupil across eight qualifications including mathematics and English.

Newham’s overall Progress 8 measure of 0.4 indicates that, on average, pupils achieved almost half a GCSE grade above their counterparts nationally with the same prior level of attainment.

Fifteen out of sixteen of the borough’s schools have Progress 8 measures which are above the national average of zero. Forest Gate has the highest Progress 8 measure (0.98), indicating that pupils have made “very good progress”.

Six schools, Brampton Manor, Chobham Academy, Forest Gate, Lister, Plashet and Sarah Bonnell secondary Schools, achieved Progress 8 measures between 0.53 and 0.98 which is considered high as these pupils are achieving, at least, half a grade to a grade higher than pupils with similar prior attainment. .

Newham’s overall Attainment 8 measure of 51.1 per cent shows the borough to be performing 2.7 per cent above the 2015 national average of 48.4 per cent.

On top of this, 56.6 per cent of the borough’s pupils took the English Baccalaureate (EBacc) an 7.5 per cent increase on last year. EBacc attainment is 30.2 per cent, an increase of 0.6 per cent compared to 2015 - 6.4 per cent above the 2015 national average.

Councillor Rev. Quintin Peppiatt, cabinet member for children and young people, said: “Our schools have bucked the national trend and we have seen a greater number of pupils achieve amazing GCSE results compared to last year. Even against the new measures introduced  by the government to measure progress and attainment, our young people still are achieving better than pupils nationally.

“Our schools and teaching staff should be commended for their hard work and support and I congratulate  all our pupils  and  wish them all the very best of luck for the future, whatever their plans and ambitions.”