Almost a quarter of GCSE exams sat at private schools were awarded a grade 9
2nd September 2019
This year, almost a quarter (23.1 per cent) of all private school GCSE exams were awarded a grade 9, the highest possible mark.
The new top grade for GCSE was designed to split the A* and recognise the highest achieving pupils. Nationally, 4.7 per cent of all GCSEs taken by English 16-year-olds were graded a 9 this year.
The Independent Schools Council (ISC), which publishes its own analysis today, said that 23.1 per cent of exams sat at its member schools were awarded a 9. This is based on a like-for-like comparison of the 512 schools that submitted results both this year and last year.
The proportion of candidates achieving at least one of the top grades — a 9, 8 or A* — was 74.4 per cent, up from 73.7 per cent last year. And the average number of GCSEs taken per candidate was 9.4.
Barnaby Lenon, chairman of the ISC, said: “Independent school pupils and their teachers should feel incredibly proud of their achievements, especially in light of the significant exam reforms that have taken place — the impact of which is still being felt by many schools regardless of sector. It is very impressive to see such a high proportion of entries awarded a grade 9.”
The ISC’s exam results analysis, which looked at 350,937 entries from 37,389 candidates, is based on provisional data.
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