Private school pupils are far outstripping the national average when it comes to scoring the top grade in this year’s GCSEs, new figures show. This is from Sky News…
The Independent Schools Council (ISC) says 32% of students from fee-paying schools achieved at least one A* grade, compared with an average of 8% across all schools.
This has risen by one percentage point on last year.
The figures come the week after national results for England, Wales and Northern Ireland showed a drop in the proportion of all entries awarded the very top grade – with 8.2% scoring an A* this year compared to 8.3% in 2012.
These figures include GCSE and IGCSE (international GCSEs) results as many private schools now opt for the latter qualification.
In total, IGCSEs now account for nearly a third (32%) of exam entries among privately educated 16-year-olds, up from 24.9% last year, while pupils are taking fewer GCSEs.
On average, each pupil achieved two A* grades and seven As in their results.
…ISC chairman Barnaby Lenon said: “It is remarkable that the proportion of entries awarded grade A* has risen, bucking the national trend where there has been a fall in the proportion attaining the top grade.
“Also noteworthy is that the typical ISC student achieves 2 A*s and 7As, providing the perfect springboard on which they can continue their education at A-level this autumn.”
What can we conclude from these figures – are independent schools getting better or does the increase in participation in IGSCEs mean they are less affected by the overall lowering of grades for this year’s GCSEs? Please give us your thoughts!