ISC Year 11 Exam Results 2010

Posted on: 04 Sept 2010

GCSE and IGCSE exam results from 41,039 candidates at 571 Independent Schools Council (ISC) schools show that this year 29.5% of entries achieved grade A*. This is the sixth 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 0.1 percentage points to 53.5%. Crucially, however, these figures fail to take account of IGCSEs, taken by almost 20,000 pupils this year. ISC’s figures, which include results in IGCSE exams, show a rise of 0.4 percentage points to 60.2% of entries at ISC schools being graded A* or A.

View Exam Results 2010 data

41,028 pupils (99.97% of the Year 11 cohort) at all 571 ISC schools participating in ISC’s survey took at least one GCSE. Between them they took a total of 351,664 GCSEs.

19,090 pupils (46.52% of the Year 11 cohort) at 273 schools took at least one IGCSE. Between them they took a total of 44,068 IGCSEs. IGCSEs accounted for 11.1% of all Year 11 exam entries at ISC schools.

Commenting on the high proportion of A-A grades this year (60.2% at ISC schools, 22.6% nationally), ISC Chairman, Dame Judith Mayhew Jonas, said:*

"I am thrilled for all our students who have worked very hard to achieve their grades, and these results underline the immensely important contribution that ISC schools make to education in this country today."

Provisional results achieved by 41,039 candidates from 571 schools were released today by ISC. The aggregate data, for both GCSE and IGCSE combined, show that candidates in ISC schools took an average of 9.6 subjects each, and:

  • 29.5% of all exam entries received the A* grade, up from 28.9% last year (national average 7.5%, up from 7.1% in 2009).
  • 60.2% were graded A* or A, up from 59.8% in 2009 (national average 22.6%, up from 21.6% in 2009).
  • 95.3% were graded A* to C, compared with 95.1% in 2009 (nationally, 69.1% were graded A* to C, compared with 67.1% last year).
  • 93.1% achieved five or more A* to C grades including Maths and English (national figures for 2010 are not yet available, but in 2009 the national figure for GCSEs was 50.7%). 80.7% of ISC pupils achieved five or more A* to C grades including Maths, English, a Science and a Modern Foreign Language.
  • In 240 schools (42.0 % of the total), every pupil achieved five or more A* to C grades. In a further 159 schools (a further 27.8% of the total), 95% or more of pupils achieved this standard.

The ISC list of GCSE and IGCSE results includes the number of candidates and grades achieved at each school. Points totals are included for each school, based on the tariff A*=58, A=52, B=46, C=40, D=34, E=28, F=22, G=16, U=0.

For ISC schools as a whole, the figures show that candidates achieved an average total of 481.8 points - equivalent to a nine subject result of slightly better than 2 A*s and 7 As - and an average subject entry result of 50.0, 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.

View Exam Results 2010 data

ISC Mission Statement

The Independent Schools Council (ISC): working with its members to promote and preserve the quality, diversity and excellence of UK independent education both at home and abroad.

Additional information

ISC represents the eight leading independent schools associations in the UK, collectively educating more than 500,000 children in 1,260 schools in the UK and select British schools overseas. In total, there are around 2,600 independent schools in the UK.