Camden students continue to perform well in GCSEs

Camden schools were abuzz today as students picked up their GCSE results to find their hard work had paid off. Students in Camden continue to perform well with 59% overall gaining five or more A* to C grades, including English and maths.

This is against a background of a harder marking system in English which has meant many schools had a discrepancy between predicted results and actual results this year.

These results represent an almost continual improvement over the last few years from 51% in 2009, 53% in 2010 and 60% in 2011.

Camden schools have also continued to exceed the Government’s minimum target for all secondary schools to have 40% students achieving the benchmark five or more A*-C grade GSCEs including English and maths.

Compared to the rest of England, Camden students excelled in their GCSEs, with 73% of their entries being awarded an A*-C grade in Camden compared to 70% nationally. This is an increase of 2% from last year’s figure of 71%.

Councillor Sarah Hayward, Leader of Camden Council, said: “The national adjustment in the way English is marked has affected schools across the country. Despite this, schools have continued to provide a good educational experience for our students.”

“We’re working with schools to make sure no students are left behind and that it’s pleasing to see that schools with very different characters and cohorts are all achieving great results. This is a promising start and we expect schools to continue to go from strength to strength as we provide support and guidance via the Camden Partnership for Educational Excellence.”

“I’d like to congratulate all of Camden’s students and teachers on these results.”

Councillor Angela Mason Camden’s Cabinet member for Children, said: “These are good results and a testament to the great family of schools we have in Camden. Well done to all those young people who have worked so hard. I would also like to give a massive thanks to our headteachers, teachers and school governors for the amazing job they do.”

Jacques Szemalikowski, headteacher of Hampstead School, said: “These are great results and I am so pleased for the students that achieved them and our staff that made it happen. Having said that, the exam regulator’s apparent decision, encouraged by the Secretary of State, to retrospectively raise English grade boundaries, is outrageous. Many more students both here and nationwide who were on track to achieve a C Grade or indeed a B, have been left with a D Grade which places limits on their opportunities to progress.”

ENDS

Notes to editors:

1. These are provisional results supplied to the Camden Local Authority by the schools and have not been verified – the final results will be published in the national league table later this year.

2. The current benchmark for GCSE results is five or more GCSE passes at grades A* to C, including GCSEs in English and maths.

3. Images of students available on request.

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