Daily News Summary
3 Sep 2016

image 2016 independent school GCSE exam results - ISC research
image Independent school results tables
image Press coverage
image ISC on Twitter
image Thanks to all schools

2016 independent school GCSE exam results - ISC research


The number of GCSE A* grades awarded to independent school pupils has increased 1.6% in 2016.

130,395 top grades were awarded this year - 34.5% of all grades. This represents a figure five times higher than the national level of 6.5%, which fell 0.1%.

Other figures using data from 39,310 candidates in 552 independent schools across the UK reveal:

• A*/A grades increased 1.1% to 61.9%, more than three times the national average of 20.5%.

• Candidates achieving 5 or more A*-C grades (which must include English and maths) increased 0.7% to 90.8%.

• Candidates achieving 5 or more A*-C grades (which must include English and maths at least one science and one modern foreign language) is 76.1% (-0.1%).

• Average points total per candidate increases from 480.1 to 483.4.

• The average number of GCSEs taken per candidate remains 9.6.

Full details including all data and a summary infographic can be found on the ISC website.


Independent school results tables


The Telegraph has taken ISC's data and produced a table ranked on both A* and A*/A grades. The Times has a similar table in print only. Both Times and Telegraph also carry small news items in print.


Press coverage


The press has mainly looked at the headline figures from the ISC. The Independent and Daily Mail both lead with how independent schools buck national trends. TES looks further into the results and also mentions research from earlier in 2016 which showed that attending an independent school in England could add the equivalent of two additional years of schooling by the age of 16. The Times looks at how scrapping AS levels will put more pressure on pupils at GCSE, quoting Ed Elliott, head of Perse School.

Daily Mail

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Thanks to all schools


Once again, ISC would like to thank all schools that have submitted their GCSE results to us this year. We are very grateful for the time and effort taken, especially coming just a week after A level results.

We wish you all the very best for the new school year.


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