With just two weeks to go before GCSE results day on 24 August 2023 and with Ofsted reports for Ealing schools improving over recent years, all eyes locally will be on how well English and Maths students will perform this year compared to last.
Academic boffins from exam preparation platform Atom Learning analysed previous GCSE results in English and Maths for every local authority across England for the 2021-2022 academic year including Ealing and found that among London boroughs, Ealing is ranked at number nine with 61.20% pass rate of all pupils achieving a grade 5 or higher,
While nationally it would have needed an extra 2.3% to leap ahead of Slough to claim the top 10 spot.
Eight of the top ten local authorities with the highest GCSE pass rate are London boroughs, with only Trafford, Slough, and Buckinghamshire located outside the capital.
The difference between the highest percentage of GCSE pass rates in Sutton, and the lowest percentage in Knowsley is a staggering 42.80%.
A spokesperson for Atom Learning said: “Pupils have missed valuable learning time over the past three years. Their exam results showed a significant increase in the 2020-21 academic year and then a fall as they returned to external examinations in 2021-22. It’s important to remember that the percentage of pupils entering these exams changes yearly. This is because pupils with special educational needs (SEN) are entered into other examinations with appropriate support. The 2023 exams have seen an increase of 3.6% in entries to GCSE examinations.”
They added: “It is also important to note that grade 5 is a ‘strong pass’ and is the baseline used by the government and further education. The numerical grading system denotes a grade 4 as a ‘standard pass,’ equivalent to the old C grade. The percentages of pupils achieving this is around 65% – 70%.”