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Enfield schools to challenge GCSE results

Published Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Despite the controversy over the marking of English Grades this year the percentage of Enfield pupils achieving 5+ A*-C grades at GCSE across all subjects has risen from 81.2% to 82.7% this year.

Although schools across the borough have done well, Enfield Council will be supporting schools to challenge English GCSE results they think have been unfairly graded.

The decision follows the announcement that passes in English GCSE have dropped by 1.5% nationally and by 2.2% for pupils taking AQA examining board papers - which is used by all of Enfield's schools. .

Changes to the English grade have seriously affected the coursework grades on the C/D borderline in English language with some Enfield schools experiencing drops of 10% and more.

Cllr Ayfer Orhan, cabinet member for children and young people, said, “All Enfield schools use AQA and are asking for remarking for many of the papers and course work. I don’t want our young people to think that their efforts have been undervalued.

“We know that they and their teachers have worked hard and overall this is reflected in the improvement in the 5A* -C grades, but it cannot be fair to change the gradings half way through the year so that a C in January would have been given a D in July.

“Our school improvement service will be supporting schools affected by the English gradings by analysing the results and helping schools to challenge them. We expect significant changes since all results are provisional at this stage.”

The key points for Enfield schools are:
  • The government expectation this year is 40% 5+ A*-C including English and maths. All Enfield Council schools have reached this target.
  • The overall percentage of 5+ A*-C grades including English and maths which was 59.5% in 2011 has dipped to 56% for 2012
  • Winchmore school has sustained the major improvement achieved last year at 63% 5+ A*-C grades including English and maths.
  • Lea Valley High School has improved substantially with the percentage of 5+ A*-C grades including English and maths rising from 44% to 51%.
The picture with the academies is also mixed. Oasis Enfield has done well in this their first year of GCSE students with 52% achieving the benchmark 5+ A*-C including English and maths.

Oasis Hadley has improved from 47% lat year to 54%. Aylward Academy has dropped from 48% to 41% while Enfield Grammar has held steady at 69%. Nightingale Academy has dropped from 42% last year to 31% this year.

Kingsmead Academy results have not yet been received by the council.

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