North Yorkshire’s students stand out at GCSE and A-level

This story was published 24 January 2019

North Yorkshire has been ranked highest in Yorkshire and the Humber for the progress that students have made in their GCSEs and is in the top 20 per cent of councils nationally for high academic success at A-level.

School GCSE results

The proportion of A level students who attained the highest grades (A*AB or better) is 23.5 per cent in the county, compared with 19.7 per cent nationally. The average A-level point score for entry in North Yorkshire is 33.4 per cent compared to 32.4 nationally.

Revised figures published this week by the Department for Education show that the county has performed very strongly across a range of attainment measures.

Pupils performed exceptionally well in the new GCSEs where 9 is equivalent to A* plus and 1 is the lowest pass. The county came first in Yorkshire and the Humber with nearly 48 per cent of North Yorkshire’s pupils gaining a strong 9-5 pass for English language and literature and mathematics compared to 41 per cent for Yorkshire and the Humber and 44 per cent nationally. 

A high proportion of pupils, 68 per cent, attained a standard 9-4 pass in English and mathematics compared to 62 per cent in Yorkshire and the Humber and 64 per cent nationally. 

North Yorkshire also came first in the region for Progress 8 and third in the Attainment 8 measures – which include GCSE scores and progress scores from across the curriculum, including English and mathematics.

North Yorkshire also has a higher proportion of pupils who attend secondary schools which are good or outstanding; 86.3 of pupils in North Yorkshire attend a good or outstanding school – compared to 82.9 nationally.

“This is a very impressive set of results for North Yorkshire and creates a sense of pride for the county,” said County Councillor Patrick Mulligan, North Yorkshire’s Executive Member for Education and Skills. “These results tell a great story of hard work and commitment on the part of our young people and their teachers. They also reflect strong partnership working between schools, the county council, parents and families, teaching school alliances and the diocese.

“We are determined that all students can meet their full potential and that our schools continue to offer excellence and a broad, balanced and appropriate curriculum.”