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Provisional results show positive exam grades across Stoke-on-Trent

Published: Thursday, 25th August 2022

Students across the city have scored GCSE successes as the percentage of passes in key subjects increased compared to 2019, according to provisional results released today.

A total of 2,400 pupils took GCSE examinations at 13 schools in Stoke-on-Trent. This was the first-time pupils took exams since 2019 as during the pandemic results were based on teacher assessments.

The data shows that:

  • 39 per cent of students achieved a strong pass (grades 9-5) in English and maths – an increase of 3 per cent on 2019.
  • 60 per cent of students achieved a standard pass (grades 9-4) in English and maths - an increase of 2 per cent on 2019.
  • 56 per cent of students achieved a strong pass (grades 9-5) in English - an increase of 3 per cent on 2019.
  • 72 per cent of students achieved a standard pass (grades 9-4) in English - an increase of 1 per cent on 2019.
  • 45 per cent of students achieved a strong pass (grades 9-5) in maths - – an increase of 3 per cent on 2019.
  • 66 per cent of students achieved a standard pass (grades 9-4) in maths – an increase of 2 per cent on 2019.

The results across the city are in line with the national picture.

Councillor Janine Bridges, cabinet member for education and economy, said: “The past two years have been incredibly tough for students due to the challenges that the coronavirus pandemic has brought, which makes the results achieved by pupils across the city even more significant as they have increased compared to the last time pupils took exams. Staff and parents should be proud of these results.”

Stoke-on-Trent City Council careers advisors are available to support young people, offer advice and answer questions about GCSE results and next steps, including college, traineeships and apprenticeships. Any young person can contact the city council careers service for help on and after GCSE results day by calling 237747 or emailing careers@stoke.gov.uk.

GSCE results come as the new academic year is set to start next month. The city council is urging pupils as well as parents and guardians to recognise the importance of good school attendance and not missing individual school days, as well as arriving at school on time each day.

Councillor Janine Bridges, cabinet member for education and economy, continues: “Make sure your child gets off to the best start this new school year by making sure they are on time for school and don’t miss lessons. We are ambitious for our children in the city and our aim is for them to enjoy their experience at school and have the best possible start to their adult life. We want our young people to build on the GCSE successes this year. Research shows regular attendance helps your child to achieve their maximum potential, including better GCSE results.”