GCSE results ‘affected by UK’s English drop’

CONCERNS about GCSE English results nationally had an impact on South Yorkshire schools, with some struggling to calculate their benchmark pass rate.

King Edward VII in Dore, Sheffield. was still analysing data yesterday amid worries over marking.

Across the country teachers said pupils were marked too harshly, with many failing to get a C, and The Association of School and College leaders called for an investigation,

Silverdale School in Bents Green said a 2pc drop in the five A* to C grade pass rate, including English and maths, to 72pc was ‘explained by the national depression in English grades’.

Barnsley Council said: “It has been widely reported today that nationally results in English have fallen due to changes in the pass level threshold. This issue has also had a significant impact in Barnsley, where a number of students have narrowly failed to secure a pass at ‘C’ level, which in turn has had a negative impact on their overall score for five A* - C including English and mathematics.

“Despite this, early indications are that overall the percentage of students achieving 5 A* - C including English and mathematics in Barnsley has improved.”

Yewlands Technology College in Parson Cross was querying ‘disappointing and erratic’ English results, with the possibility of a full remark.

Notre Dame at Ranmoor saw a 9pc drop in its pass rate, with results holding in ‘virtually all subjects’ but a ‘slight dip’ in English.

In GCSE English, 63.9pc of entries got at least a grade C, compared to 65.4pc last summer. In English literature, 76.3pc were A*-C, compared to 78.4pc last year, and 23.2pc got at least an A, against 25pc in 2011.