The Press Association (via BT News) is reporting that almost a third of GCSE entries from private school pupils were awarded the top A* grade this year.
…Figures published by the Independent Schools Council (ISC) for 560 of their member schools show that 32.9% of exam entries – GCSE and IGCSE combined – were awarded an A* grade this year, up marginally from 32.7% last year.
This is around three times as many as the national average.
Overall, a typical teenager attending a private school scored the equivalent of two A* grades and seven As, the ISC calculated.
The figures also show that 446 of the council’s member schools had pupils taking at least one IGCSE this year, while three only took these qualifications.
In total, around four in 10 exam entries (43.3%) were for IGCSE this year. This is up 12.3% on last year.
In 2010, just 11.1% of exam entries for Year 11 pupils were for IGCSE, the ISC said.
So despite recent analysis suggesting state schools are giving private schools a run for their money, do these kind of grade breakdowns show where the real differences lie?
Just under 33% of all entries getting an A* is another amazing result for the independent sector, but what do you make of the significantly increased entries for IGCSEs (not to mention the practice in some cases of entering students for the same subject at GCSE and IGCSE)?
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