The Class of 2010 Breaks Records Again

PUBLISHED: 11:41 12 January 2011 | UPDATED: 20:40 20 February 2013

The Class of 2010 Breaks Records Again

The Class of 2010 Breaks Records Again

Last summer's record-breaking GCSE results have been confirmed in official government figures released today (12 January)...

Last summer's record-breaking GCSE results have been confirmed in official government figures released today (12 January).

The majority of Kent's secondary schools clocked up higher results than the previous year. This means the number of students gaining five or more A* to C grades have been boosted by 6.3% to 79.3% 3.2% above the national average.

With more than half of students 56.8% (up 4.8% on 2009) achieving five A* to C grades, including English and maths, Kent continues to improve year-on-year and provide quality education for children in the county.

Sarah Hohler, KCC Cabinet Member for Children, Families and Education, said:

"August was very much about the students, celebrating their individual achievements and wishing them all the best for the future. Today, I would like to pay tribute to the teachers and support staff who helped them to achieve these fantastic results. Kent's GCSE results have improved for the last 15 years. This is a magnificent milestone and has been achieved in a number of ways, including schools working together and advisers from Kent County Council supporting and challenging schools to be the best they can."

Our determination to raise standards will continue as we carry on supporting all our schools to make sure everyone achieves their potential.

On results day, Mrs Hohler visited Thamesview School near Gravesend a National Challenge School. The school had a fantastic year with 32% of students gaining five or more A* to C grades, including English and maths.

Thamesview headteacher Rhiannon Hughes said:

"I was thrilled for my students. The increased results were down to their hard work and the support of my staff who went above and beyond the call of duty. Our record breaking scores have lifted morale and this year's GCSE students are determined to match or better their peers' achievements."

Based on the 2009/2010 School Performance Tables (formerly Achievement and Attainment Tables) published today, the countys five A* to G grades now stands at 94.6%, demonstrating the wide range of education available in Kent through secondary schools and pioneering vocational centres.

The Department for Education tables are the official figures for the exams sat in summer 2010 and show Kent has improved every year since 1995.

Top of the class

In 2009, 31 schools were challenged to have at least 30% of students achieve five A* to C grades, including English and maths under the National Challenge programme. Twenty-seven schools reached this target a year ahead of schedule more than double the number from last year. The average progress of Kent National Challenge schools was more than 7%, with 11 improving by more the 10%.

Managing Director for Children, Families and Education, Rosalind Turner, said:

I would like to celebrate the success of Kents secondary schools. Todays announcement reinforces the progress that has been made in raising standards and shows the work we are doing to continually improve is paying off. I am very proud of the National Challenge schools and all they have achieved in such a short space of time.

Kent grammar schools also recorded excellent results with 28 grammars having more than 95% of pupils achieving five A* to C GCSEs, including English and maths. Invicta Grammar School in Maidstone maintained 100% for the same measure for the second year in a row.

Many students are also leaving school with practical skills. Kent pioneered and introduced vocational courses for 14 to 16 year olds. These have been hugely popular and successful with more than 7,000 young people taking part and gaining success at subjects equivalent to GCSEs.

Many schools notched up fantastic successes, including:

  • Swan Valley Community School in Swanscombe improved on its 2009 figure by 14%, crediting their sports specialism as part of this success.

  • Since passing the 30% floor target set for National Challenge schools in 2009, Hartsdown Technology College in Margate has continued its upward trend, improving a further 11% in 2010.

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