GCSE and IGCSE exam results from 39,451 candidates at 550 Independent Schools Council (ISC) schools show that this year 31.4% of entries achieved grade A*. This compares with 29.5% of entries achieving A* in 2010, and is the seventh consecutive yearly rise.
Figures released last week by the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) showed the proportion of entries achieving an A* or A at independent schools falling by 1.8 percentage points to 51.7%. Crucially, however, these figures fail to take account of IGCSEs. ISC’s figures, which include results in IGCSE exams (taken by 21,516 ISC pupils), show a rise of 1.2 percentage points to 61.4% of entries at ISC schools being graded A* or A, compared with 23.2% nationally.
39,309 pupils (99.6% of the Year 11 cohort) at all 550 ISC schools participating in ISC’s survey took at least one GCSE. Between them they took a total of 318,382 GCSEs. 21,516 pupils (54.5% of the Year 11 cohort) at 312 schools took at least one IGCSE. Between them they took a total of 63,883 IGCSEs. IGCSEs accounted for 16.7% of all Year 11 exam entries at ISC schools.
ISC Deputy Chief Executive Matthew Burgess said: "These are excellent results reflecting the commitment and enthusiasm of many thousands of pupils and teachers in the independent sector. Six out of every ten entries from ISC pupils resulted in the top grades of A* and A. This is a tremendous achievement and we congratulate each and every pupil."
Provisional results were released today by ISC. Full school-by-school analyses are available online (after 12pm on Saturday 3 September 2011) at www.isc.co.uk, but the aggregate data, for both GCSE and IGCSE combined, show that candidates in ISC schools took an average of 9.7 subjects each, and:
31.4% of all exam entries received the A* grade, up from 29.5% last year (national average 7.8%, up from 7.5% in 2010)
61.4% were graded A* or A, up from 60.2% in 2010 (national average 23.2%, up from 22.6% in 2010)
95.2% were graded A* to C, compared with 95.3% in 2010 (nationally, 69.8% were graded A* to C, compared with 69.1% last year)
93.4% achieved five or more A* to C grades including Maths and English (national figures for 2011 are not yet available, but in 2010 the national figure was 53.4%). 79.8% of ISC pupils achieved five or more A* to C grades including Maths, English, a Science and a Modern Foreign Language
In 217 schools (39.5% of the total), every pupil achieved five or more A* to C grades. In a further 151 schools (a further 27.5% of the total) 95% or more of pupils achieved this standard.
For ISC schools as a whole, the figures show that candidates achieved an average total of 486.2 points – equivalent to a nine subject result of 3 A*s and 6 As – and an average subject entry result of 50.2, which is closer to an A than a B.
Notes to editors:
Relevant GCSE results information
Results from ISC schools include IGCSE as well as GCSE. ISC continues to believe that there are no grounds for the separation of performance of the IGCSE from the GCSE.
Full grade information is available at www.isc.co.uk from 12pm on Saturday 3 September 2011.
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