Across England, the proportion of pupils gaining at least five GCSEs
at A* to C, including English and maths, rose 0.
They then monitored their performance in their GCSEs
the following year.
In common with other independent schools, the RGS uses its freedom to enter students for a mix of GCSEs
and iGCSE exams, subject departments making their own judgment as to which board and exam would best suit them.
The independent school last year saw all of its pupils gaining at least five GCSEs
grades A*to C including maths and English - a 27 per cent increase on 2013 when 73 per cent of pupils achieved the same benchmark standard.
Exams regulator Ofqual called the changes to GCSEs
the biggest shakeup of exams in England for a generation, with coursework being scrapped for most subjects.
Other students are going to come out of Year 11 with more GCSEs
than Cathays students and they will obviously be viewed education institutions.
The changes to GCSEs
were brought in after a report for the government by Professor Alison Wolf.
It builds on the best of the 3 main current food-related GCSEs
(design and technology: food technology; home economics; and hospitality and catering) but will also include new content on the scientific knowledge underlying cooking and food preparation.
THE headline of your article "Secret emails reveal truth behind 2012 GCSE
grading fiasco" (Western Mail, September 18) misleads your readers, and your article is wrong in key respects.
At Nunthorpe Academy 60% of students achieved 5A*-C GCSEs
including English and Maths.
The recent emphasis on the 'Level 2 threshold' of five GCSEs
at C and above 'can result in too much focus by schools on learners achieving a C grade'.
At the same time, England's exams regulator Ofqual published proposals to revamp the structure of GCSEs
which will see coursework severely curtailed in most subjects, and a brand new numerical grading system replacing the A to G grades.
The watchdog highlighted concerns that modular GCSEs
created particular risks in maintaining standards because they allowed pupils to "bank" grades early, and came up with a workable solution that might have avoided the row, but decided not to implement it, the TES said.
Summary: The proportion of GCSEs
awarded at least a C grade has fallen for the first time.
FAILING your GCSEs
can seem like the end of the world when you're young - and for 16- year-olds across the country last week was a nerve-racking time as exam results came in.