Sunderland schools celebrate GCSE results rise

Young people cheering

Pupils from across Sunderland are celebrating their GCSE results today (Thursday 23rd August) as the city saw a 6% jump in results across three core subjects.

  • 6% more pupils achieved grades 5 and above in English Literature, Language and Maths in Sunderland than in 2017
  • 59% of pupils achieved grade 4 and above across English Literature, Language and Maths in Sunderland – a rise of 4% on last year
  • Boys further narrowed the gap on girls this year, with 56% of boys and 62% of girls achieving grade 4 and above in English Literature, Language and Maths
  • 2,461 pupils sat GCSEs in the city.

The improved figures come in the second year of the new numerical grading system across the three core subjects (English Literature, Language and Maths), with the new system also being implemented for the first time this year across the wider curriculum.

According to the Department for Education, a grade four is aligned to what was previously a standard pass grade C, with grade five the equivalent of a strong pass grade C. As well as changes to grade, most exams are now taken at the end of the two-year course rather than on completion of modules as has been the case in previous years.

Jill Colbert, Chief Executive at Together for Children, the company that oversees education services in the city, said: “I’d like to congratulate all our GCSE pupils, their teachers and support staff for the results they achieved this year. It is a fantastic achievement to see such improved results and even more so at a time when a new grading system is still bedding in.

“I’m extremely proud of our young people and our schools alike for all of the hard work they have put in to achieve the results we have seen today. It is testament to pupils’ and teachers’ determination to succeed that we have seen success stories in schools across the city.”


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