Congratulations to learners across the South East Wales region on their hard work and achievement in this first year of the revised GCSE examination arrangements.

Our provisional regional GCSE results indicate:

  • The percentage of pupils gaining the Level 2 threshold is 52.1%. The Level 2 performance measure indicates the percentage of pupils who achieved at least five GCSEs A*- C (or equivalent), including English/Welsh first language and Mathematics.
  •  The percentage of pupils gaining at least 5 GCSEs A*/A (or equivalent) is 15.6%

(There are currently no Wales figures available for comparison for the figures above.)

 The percentage of pupils gaining GCSE English Language A* – C is 61.5%. This compares to the Wales average of 64.8%.

  •  The percentage of pupils gaining GCSE Welsh Language A* – C is 66.9%. This compares to the Wales average of 73.6%.
  •  The percentage of pupils gaining GCSE mathematics A* – C is 56.9%. This compares to the Wales average of 60.0%.
  •  The percentage of pupils gaining GCSE mathematics numeracy A* – C is 55.7%. This compares to the Wales average of 58.5%.
  •  The percentage of pupils gaining GCSE science A* – C is 52.7%. This compares to the Wales average of 34.8%.

These figures are based on results reported directly from schools. These results include all pupils in the year 11 cohort, including those educated other than at school.

This year we are unable to meaningfully compare regional or local authority results to previous years as the revised examinations focus in part on different skill sets and knowledge than in previous years. Despite this the region is already working with schools to track individual pupil performance over time which will mean that school leaders and our local authorities are well positioned to gauge where schools are progressing well or where they may need additional support.

The regional trend this year has experienced increased variability in results. Communications from the examination awarding body and the regulator throughout this academic year indicated that this variability was to be expected. As in previous years we have been talking to post-16 providers to ensure that no learner is disadvantaged and that they are provided with appropriate pathways following results.

The picture in Monmouthshire is a positive one with the authority’s learners performing well in a range of subjects and excelling at the higher levels.

  • The percentage of Monmouthshire pupils gaining the Level 2 threshold including English and Maths is 66.1%. This compares to 52.1% across the region
  • The percentage of Monmouthshire pupils gaining at least 5 GCSEs A*/A (or equivalent) is 24.2% compared to the regional position of 15.6%

 

(There are currently no Wales figures available for comparison for the figures above.)

 

  • The percentage of Monmouthshire pupils gaining GCSE English Language A* – C is 73.5%. This compares to the regional position of 61.5% and a Wales average of 64.8%.
  •  The percentage of Monmouthshire pupils gaining GCSE mathematics A* – C is 68.8%. This compares to the regional figure of 56.9% and a Wales average of 60.0%.
  •  The percentage of pupils gaining GCSE mathematics numeracy A* – C is 71.5%. This compares to the regional position of 55.7% and a Wales average of 58.5%.
  •  The percentage of pupils gaining GCSE science A* – C is 69.5%. This compares to the regional position of 52.7% and a Wales average of 34.8%.

Monmouthshire’s cabinet member with responsibility for education County Councillor Richard John said:

“In a year of change and reform these GCSE results remind us of how hard our students work to ensure that they have the qualifications they need to proceed to the next stage in their lives.  Across the county, all four schools have achieved strong results in a range of subjects and I am particularly pleased to see the percentage of students attaining the highest grades increase.  I am sure that there are many proud students and parents today.  As ever we must recognise the hard work of the teachers in all of our schools and the support that families and carers give to our children.”

Will McLean, Chief Officer for Children and Young People, added:

“I am delighted to see a strong set of results across Monmouthshire.  The changes to examinations this year have presented challenges for our students but the hard work and dedication of the teachers across our four schools has ensured that the impact has been mitigated.  There are many outstanding results in all of our schools and the number of students leaving with five GCSEs at A*/A is at its highest level.”