GCSE Results: Havering Council leader wishes good luck to borough’s students
PUBLISHED: 11:53 23 August 2018 | UPDATED: 11:53 23 August 2018
The leader of Havering Council backed the borough’s students picking up their GCSE results this morning to go on to bigger and brighter things.
At secondary schools across Havering, teenagers have been nervously opening envelopes and, for the most part, breathing out huge sighs of relief and even the occasional tear of happiness.
Overall GCSE pass rates across the country rose this year in the wake of the biggest shake-up of the exams for a generation, while more than one-in four pupils in London achieved top grades of 7 or higher.
Cllr Damian White, leader of Havering Council, said: “GCSE results day is a really big day in the borough as thousands of young people have been awaiting their exam results.
“It’s a very exciting time as many will now be deciding whether to take their A-levels, do an apprenticeship or a vocational course, or will be liaising with school staff about their next step.
“They are the future to keeping Havering special and I wish them every success in their endeavours.”
One in five UK GCSE entries (20.5pc) scored at least an A grade - or 7 under the new grading system, up 0.5 percentage points on last year, according to data published by the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ).
About two thirds of pupils across the UK (66.9pc) were awarded a C, or a 4, also up 0.5 percentage points compared with 2017.
Figures published by the exams regulator Ofqual showed that 732 16-year-olds in England taking at least seven new GCSEs scored grade 9s in all subjects.
In London, the GCSE standard pass rate of Grade 4 or above – the equivalent of C and up – rose by 0.4pc to 70.3pc.
There was a slightly larger rise of 0.6pc in the number of students across the capital achieving the top grades of 7 and above, taking that number to 25.2pc.
Prof Alan Smithers, director of the Centre for Education and Employment Research at the University of Buckingham, said: “There has been a lot of anxiety about the exams and some confusion about the new 9-1 grades, but in fact the grade level is much the same as it was.
“The percentages getting 7 and above and 4 and above are up a bit this year, which is against the trend of recent years.”