SOLIHULL students have bucked the trend with record-breaking GCSE results, despite there being a first time ever drop in grades nationally.
Most borough schools have been celebrating improved results with Langley headteacher Phil Talbot calling his pupils’ GCSEs grades, ‘the best we’ve ever had.’
The school saw 71 per cent of students achieve five GCSEs, graded A*-C including Maths and English, up from 68 per cent last year.
While Tudor Grange School once again saw every pupil receive five GCSEs, graded A*-C, and those achieving five A*-Cs including maths and English soared up from 86 to 94 per cent in one year.
‘Delighted’ assistant head, Lee Gray put the result down to “the incredible hard work of pupils and dedicated staff.”
Heart of England, Arden and Smith’s Wood Sports College also reported improved GCSE grades, all the more remarkable as, across the country, exam results dropped for the first time since the exams were introduced in 1988.
At Arden, 90 per cent of pupils made the national benchmark. “We have seen breathtaking performances in all areas of GCSE,” said principal Martin Murphy.
While students at St Peter’s also received a pat on the back, 78 per cent achieved the gold standard.
In Chelmsley Wood, the Grace Academy has almost doubled its results in three years - with 52 per cent of students now achieving the A*-C, including English and Maths, benchmark. Just 27 per cent managed this in 2009.
However, Alderbrook School reported around 70 per cent of students achieving five A*-C grades including English and Maths, the same as 2011.
Headteacher, William Sedgwick, said it was ‘unfair’ to raise the bar higher for this year’s students.
“Results have dropped nationally, they seem to have moved the grade boundaries with the result that grading has been tougher this year.
“It seems a bit unfair to young people, going through this year, to have to jump even higher to get the same grades.”
Both Alderbrook and Lode Heath, said they would be looking to have some of the marks reassessed.
Nationally, papers graded at least A*-C dropped by 0.4 percentage points while A-graded papers dropped 0.8 percentage points.