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Well done to Hampshire pupils on GCSE results day

This year saw the final rollout of the three-year implementation of 1 to 9 grade ratings for GCSEs – with 9 being at the very top of the scale and a pass grade being 4 or above. In Hampshire, secondary schools are reporting that 69 per cent of pupils taking the exams achieved a pass at grade 4 in English and mathematics, compared to 67 per cent last year. The ‘attainment 8’ outcome, which measures the results across the wider curriculum, has also improved from a score of 47.2 in 2018 to 47.6 in 2019. 

In congratulating Hampshire’s students, Councillor Roz Chadd, Executive Member for Education and Skills, at Hampshire County Council, said: “This is a huge achievement. There is no question that the new GCSE examinations are tougher than ever, yet Hampshire’s pupils have risen to the challenge again and performed excellently. They should be very proud of their results for 2019, as should their families and schools. Hampshire schools performed very well last year so to improve from that strong position is a real achievement for them.”

Cllr Chadd added: “As a whole this group of 16-year olds stand in good stead to move on to learning for A-levels or other technical and vocational qualifications. The range of options for learning after secondary education is wide, offering more choice and making it easier for young people to take the next positive step on their journey to a future career and full-time employment. 

“Those who are drawn to academic study can pursue college courses and may even look forward to higher education, but we now also have plenty of alternatives in Hampshire to study for technical and vocational qualifications, including undertaking an apprenticeship. As a major employer, the County Council itself takes on around 100 apprentices and trainees each year, providing a variety of roles from office work to social care and construction.

“If any student receiving their results is now unsure of their next step, I would urge them to call Hampshire Futures on 01962 846193 or email careers.service@hants.gov.uk for advice.”

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