Year 11 exam results 2017: Rise in entries getting A/7 or higher

Nearly two thirds of GCSE entries at Independent Schools Council (ISC) schools were awarded an A/7 or higher, according to research published today.

Figures from the ISC also reveal that 10% of 9-1 entries received the top 9 grade, compared to 2.9% nationally.

This year’s GCSE results data – collected from 507 schools – show:

  • 62.9% of entries were awarded an A/7 or higher – a 0.8 percentage point rise compared to last year and more than three times the national average of 20%.
  • 94.9% of entries received a C/4 or higher, a 0.1% rise compared to last year.
  • 87.9% of candidates got at least one A*/A or 9/8/7 grade.
  • 70.5% of candidates got at least one A* or 9/8 grade.
  • The average number of GCSEs taken per candidate remains 9.6.

See the attached documents for full exam result details.

Year 11 Results 2017

Year 11 exams – ISC Results 2017 – Boys and Girls

Barnaby Lenon, chairman of ISC, said: “The success recorded by independent schools in their GCSEs this year is clear to see, with increases in the number of entries receiving A/7 or higher and C/4 or higher. Congratulations to all pupils for everything they have accomplished so far. “These results are a reminder of the importance of Year 11 exams: they compel pupils to cement knowledge in the long term memory, and help young people to understand what steps they next want to take in life. With the demise of AS-levels, GCSE results have become increasingly important.”

Julie Robinson, ISC general secretary, said: “The hard work put in by students has paid off and they, along with school staff, should be proud of all they have accomplished. GCSEs continue to be highly-regarded by both universities and employers, so pupils can confidently use these results as a platform from which to achieve their goals.”

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