Year 11 exam results 2018: Nearly two thirds of entries achieve A/7 or higher, three times the national average

Nearly two thirds of GCSE entries at Independent Schools Council (ISC) schools were awarded an A/7 or higher, according to research published on 1 September 2018.

This year’s Year 11 exam results data, collected from 549 schools (representing 37,913 candidates), reveal:

  • 62.6% of entries were awarded an A/7 or higher. This is more than three times the national average of 20.5%.
  • Over 95% of entries received a C/4 grade or higher, a 0.5% rise compared to last year.
  • 87.7% of candidates obtained at least one A*/A or 9/8/7 grade.
  • 73.7% of candidates gained at least one A* or 9/8 grade.
  • The average number of GCSEs taken per candidate is 9.5.
  • 20.5% of entries achieved a grade 9 this year, double that of last year and more than four times the national figure.

Barnaby Lenon, chairman of ISC, said: “The independent sector can celebrate another set of fantastic GCSE results this year. A fifth of pupils achieved a grade 9 in their results, a very impressive achievement.

“The results demonstrate the quality of teaching and ambition in our schools and prove the vital contribution the sector makes to the British education system. Well done to all pupils for their achievements.”

Julie Robinson, ISC general secretary, said: “Congratulations are due to all the teachers and pupils who have worked so hard to attain excellent results. We are delighted to see how strongly ISC schools’ results compare with the national averages this year.

“Of course there is more to school life than academic results and every good teacher aims to draw out the potential of pupils to achieve the best outcomes for them in context. Given their breadth of education and the focus on extra-curricular activities, the academic success of ISC schools is outstanding. The fact that a third of ISC schools offering GCSEs are not academically selective is testament to this point.”

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