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GCSE Results 2020: A joint statement from Brighton and Hove Secondary Headteachers 

As B&H Secondary Headteachers we write jointly to celebrate the hard work and resilience of Year 11 students, as well as the professionalism of teachers and leaders across the city on this most unusual of exam result days. Grades have been issued to students not on the basis of exam performance but on the professional opinion and expertise of school staff. Staff have shown great integrity in issuing grades that they felt reflected the hard work and endeavour shown by students and all grades were carefully considered. Students have coped with huge disruption to their learning, and the uncertainty over how they would be issued grades and what their progression to Post 16 study would involve. It is not a day to celebrate the successes of individual schools, it is a day to celebrate the hard work, talent and skill of all of our Year 11 students, and all of our school staff. We are collectively proud of our students, and proud of our staff. 

Exam Results 2019

We are delighted with yet another successful year for our students at GCSE.

The key measure of success for students is Progress 8.  This measure compares the progress of all students in 8 key subjects with their peers nationally, and hence is the best measure of the success of every student.   Our provisional figures for 2019 give a predicted Progress 8 of 0.18, meaning that students are, on average, achieving higher than their peers nationally.  This figure increases to 0.33 for students whose attendance was at least 50%, meaning that they achieved a third of a grade per subject higher than national.

In terms of attainment:

  • The number of students achieving a Grade 5 or higher in both English and Maths has increased to 59%.  (78% for Grade 4 or Higher)
  • The number of students achieving grade 5 or higher in Maths has increased to 63% of students (4+ is 80%).   English results remain strong at 77% 5+ and 87% 4+.
  • Attainment 8, the measure which takes into account a range of 8 GCSEs, is 53.69 
  • 30% all grades were at Grade 7 or higher and over two thirds of grades were at Grade 5 or higher.
  • Over 200 Grade 9s, the highest grade, were achieved, an increase of 35% on last year.
  • Over 70 students achieved 8 or more GCSEs at Grade 7 or higher, with eight students gaining 8 or more GCSEs at Grade 9 or equivalent – an outstanding achievement. 
  • Over 100 students in Year 9 also took GCSEs two years early, mostly in French, with over half achieving a Grade 7 and 87% achieving a Grade 5 or higher.

Our DfE Performance tables can be found HERE.



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