Robin Walker congratulates Worcester pupils on their hard work and tremendous success as GCSE results are announced.

As pupils across the country have collected their results, data show entries to EBacc subjects – foreign languages, maths, English, science and humanities – have risen by 3.7% to 3.7 million, while entries to arts subjects have risen by 3.2% to 320,000.

The rises show that pupils are taking the opportunity to study subjects that are setting them up for the future, and that a focus on academic subjects and the EBacc does not come at the expense of important cultural education.

More than 500,000 pupils in England received their GCSE results yesterday. Statistics published today show:

  • Entries to EBacc subjects have risen by 3.7%, to 3.7 million;
  • Rise sits alongside a 3.2% increase to arts subjects;
  • Foreign language entries are also up, by 3.7%, driven by rises in Spanish and French;
  • Largest increases in EBacc subjects are in Spanish and computing, up 8.1% and 7.6% respectively, with entries to the latter rising for the sixth consecutive year;
  • More than a fifth of all entries achieved grade 7 or above, while over two thirds achieved grade 4 or above. Both are up 0.4% on last year;
  • Geography and history entries at highest point since 2010, up 3.7% and 7% on last year;
  • Attainment gap between boys and girls narrows, but girls continue to outperform their counterparts by 8.8% at grade 4 and above;
  • 837 pupils achieve straight 9s;
  • Entries to English language, literature and maths also rise, by 3.6%, 3% and 4% respectively, and remain the three subjects with the highest entries.

2019 has been one of the most academically impressive years the City has seen with Worcester’s secondary schools excelling across the board:

  • Blessed Edward Oldcorne Catholic College saw 21% of all passes receive the top grades (7,8,9) with over 70% receiving passes in Maths and English and a huge 90% of students being awarded a 4 or above in Triple Science;
  • RGS Worcester saw some of the schools best ever results with close to 40% of pupils securing the very top grades (8,9), 60% securing a 9-7 grade and 98% of all grades at the 9-4 threshold;
  • King’s saw 66% of entries graded 9-7, 42% at 9-8 grades and over 97% of all entries graded 9-4;
  • Bishop Perowne saw 60 % of pupils achieving a grade 4 or above, and 40% achieving a 5 or above in Maths and English with several individual pupils performing outstandingly;
  • Tudor Grange celebrated another strong year, especially in Maths, English and Science with 24 grades at the top spot of 9;
  • Nunnery Wood was the City’s best performing in the Attainment 8 category, significantly above the national average, celebrating one of its best years to date with 28% achieving 9-7, and 61% receiving a 9-5 grade;
  • Christopher Whitehead performed excellently with 75% awarded their Maths at 9-4, 75% for Modern Foreign Languages and a huge 85% best in English.

Commenting on this year’s GCSE results, Robin said:

“I am enormously proud of each and every student who has sat their exams and collected their results, though it may have been quite some time ago, I remember distinctly the anxiety and pressure and excitement of school exams and I sincerely hope that the months of hard work and assiduous revision have paid off for each and every pupil in the City.”

“Having seen the results of Worcester’s secondary schools, I am delighted that successes and triumphs are being celebrated across the board. Whether students decide to pursue their education through academia and sixth-form, or they choose to enrol in some of the fantastic apprenticeship opportunities in the City, I have no doubt that this generation will go far.”

“I wish all of the students well in their future adventures and hope that they can enjoy the remainder of the summer stress free.”

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said:

“Huge congratulations to everyone receiving their GCSE results today.”

“I’m delighted to see an increase in those studying EBacc subjects – including science, computing and foreign languages – as well as creative studies, meaning pupils are getting the rigorous yet well-rounded education they need.”

“As I said last week, my government will do all we can to increase funding for education, and to give schools the powers they need to deal with bad behaviour and bullying so pupils continue to learn effectively.”

ENDS

Notes to editors:

For more information on GCSE’s and results, please see:

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/gcse-entries-to-arts-and-core-academic-subjects-rise

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/education-secretary-says-post-16-options-better-than-ever-as-gcse-results-released

For local GCSE results, please see local news sources and school websites.