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Provisional results show increase in GCSE attainment

Published: Thursday, 22nd August 2019

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

A total of 2,310 pupils took GCSE examinations at 14 schools and academies in Stoke-on-Trent. The results show that 59.7 per cent of students achieved good grades (grades nine to four, the equivalent of A* to C) in English and maths, up 6.1% on 2018. 

The data also shows that:

  • 36.2 per cent of students achieved a strong pass (grades 9-5) in English and maths - an increase of 3.7 per cent on 2018
  • 59.7 per cent of students achieved a standard pass (grades 9-4) in English and maths - an increase of 6.1 per cent on 2018.
  • 53 per cent of students achieved a strong pass (grades 9-5) in English - an increase of 3.7 per cent on 2018.
  • 71.1 per cent of students achieved a standard pass (grades 9-4) in English - an increase of 3.2 per cent on 2018.
  • 42.6 per cent of students achieved a strong pass (grades 9-5) in maths - an increase of 2.5 per cent on 2018.
  • 65.1 per cent of students achieved a standard pass (grades 9-4) in maths - an increase of 5.1 per cent on 2018.

Schools including Ormiston Sir Stanley Matthews Academy, St Joseph’s College, St Margaret Ward Catholic Academy, St Peter’s Academy and St Thomas More Catholic College all made significant improvements on pupil performance in English and maths.

Over the past 12 months, schools and academies have been working closely together with the help of Stoke-on-Trent City Council to develop networks that give extra support to leaders and teachers focusing on teaching, learning, curriculum and school-to-school assistance. As part of this maths teachers have established a collaborative approach to make improvements by sharing their resources and expertise through the mathematics excellence partnership (MEP).

This year, more than 500 students attended Stoke-on-Trent MEP citywide intervention and revision days delivered by teachers from many schools across the city at Keele University.

Joint working between schools, academies and the city council through the Opportunity Area has also seen the development of an English Excellence Partnership where primary and secondary English teachers work together to ensure continuity across both phases with a consistent approach to improve outcomes in English at Key Stage 4. The project also focusses on ensuring there is an effective transition of learning and progress between each key stage.

Councillor Janine Bridges, cabinet member for education and economy, said: “The new exam framework is particularly challenging, which makes the results achieved by pupils across the city even more impressive. I would like to thank all teaching staff for their hard work over the past 12 months, and am proud of the dedication and successes of pupils.”

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 coming in to One Smithfield, by calling 237747 or emailing The city council also has a number of traineeship vacancies available.

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