Sunderland Students Celebrate GCSE Results Rise

Young people

Pupils from across Sunderland are celebrating their GCSE results today (Thursday 22 August) as the city saw an increase in results across three core subjects.

  • 60% of pupils achieved grade 4 and above across English Literature, Language and Maths in Sunderland – a rise of 3% on last year
  • 38% of pupils achieved grades 5 and above in English Literature, Language and Maths in Sunderland, up from 37% in 2017
  • 2,706 pupils sat GCSEs in the city.

The improved figures come in the third year of the new numerical grading system across English Literature, Language and Maths) and the second year for the wider curriculum.

Grade four is equivalent to a previous standard grade C, with grade five the equivalent of a strong 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.

Simon Marshall, Director of Education at Together for Children, which delivers children’s services across Sunderland, said: “I’d like to congratulate all our GCSE pupils, their teachers and support staff for the results they achieved this year.”

“I’m enormously proud of all of the hard work the students, staff and parents have put into achieve the results we have seen today. They are a credit to our city.”

Councillor Louise Farthing, Portfolio Holder for Children’s Services at Sunderland City Council, said: “I would like to offer my congratulations to all of our GCSE students, their teachers and support staff. It is fantastic to see our young people achieving these great results, they should all be very proud.”



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