Brighton & Hove celebrates GCSE improvement

Overall GCSE results in schools across Brighton & Hove have improved this year, according to a key new performance measures introduced by the government.

‘Attainment 8’ shows average attainment at individual schools across eight subjects.

Last year the city’s overall Attainment 8 score was 46.8. The figure for this year is 48.0.

Most GCSEs are now being graded from 9 to 1, with 9 being the top grade. Government guidance advises that a Grade 4 is considered a ‘standard’ pass.

This new system was introduced last year for maths and English, but this year nearly 20 other subjects (full list below) are also being graded in this way.

The exams themselves are also seen by many as being tougher than before.

City-wide figures received from schools today in the key maths and English accountability measures required by the government are as follows:

2018  2017
Grades 9-4 in maths 73% 72%
Grades 9-4 in English 78% 79%
Grades 9-4 in English and maths combined 68% 68%


The results for this year are provisional, and will be subject to formal verification later in the year.

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