Enfield students top last year's GCSE results despite fall in English grades (From Enfield Independent)
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Enfield students top last year's GCSE results despite fall in English grades
Enfield’s GCSE students have topped last year’s results despite a drop in English grades.
A total of 82.7 per cent of GCSE students received five or more A* to C grades across all subjects, an increase from 81.2 per cent in 2011.
However, the national controversy surrounding English results has affected Enfield, with many schools hit by a ten per cent reduction in their pass rate.
Enfield Council is supporting schools to challenge any English GCSE results that they deem unfairly graded.
The decision comes following the announcement that English GCSE passes 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.
Councillor 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* to 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 Latymer School in Haselbury Road Edmonton received the best GCSE grades, with 100 per cent of students receiving five or more A* to C grades in subjects including English and maths.
Nightingale Academy in Turin Road, Edmonton, found itself at the bottom of Enfield’s league table with just 31 per cent of its students receiving five or more A* to C grades including English and maths – an 11 per cent drop from last year.
Results from Kingsmead Academy in Southbury Road have not yet been submitted to the council.