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Cognita students buck national GCSE results trend under new grading structure

Meoncross School GCSE results 2017

Students from Cognita schools in the UK are celebrating today, having significantly outperformed national averages and the new top grade 9 (equivalent to A**) under the new grading structure for GCSEs.

Justine Greening, Secretary of State for Education, introduced the new distinctions in March this year when the amended grading systems for Maths, English language and English literature GCSEs were introduced.

For the “strong pass”:

  • 77% of Cognita students achieved a grade 5 or above in Maths, compared to 48% nationally
  • 79% of Cognita students achieved a grade 5 or above in English language, compared to 48% nationally
  • 85% of Cognita students achieved a grade 5 or above in English literature, compared to 55% nationally

For the “standard pass”:

  • 90% of Cognita students achieved a grade 4 or above in Maths, compared to 70.7% nationally
  • 92% of Cognita students achieved a grade 4 or above in English language, compared to 69.9% nationally
  • 96% of Cognita students achieved a grade 4 or above in English literature, compared to 72.5% nationally

Among our outstanding GCSE achievements is that of Francesco De Batte at North Bridge House Senior School & Sixth Form Canonbury in London. In all three of the reformed, core subjects of Maths, English language and English literature, Francesco was awarded the top grade 9, which educationalists have described as an ‘A**’ grade. These remarkable results make him one of just 2,000 students in the country to score grade 9s across the board.

Stuart Rolland, Cognita’s Chief Executive Europe, said “As Nick Gibb, the UK School Standards Minister, has stated, the new GCSE grade 9 “recognises exceptional performance”. We are so proud that Cognita students nationwide have surpassed national averages for this new grade 9 in all three reformed subjects, defying the national picture which shows top GCSE grades – 9-7 or A*/A – have fallen to their lowest point in a decade.”

At the peak, grade 9 level:

  • 7% of Cognita students achieved grade 9 in Maths, compared to 3.5% nationally
  • 3% of Cognita students achieved grade 9 in English language, compared to 2.2% nationally
  • 6% of Cognita students achieved grade 9 in English literature, compared to 3.2% nationally

In the ‘unreformed’ subjects (all those except Maths, English language and English literature), Cognita students also substantially outperformed the national average, achieving 88.1% of grades at A*-C compared to 64.8% nationally.

Mr Rolland added: “Our staff and students have worked so hard to achieve these results, which are testament to their academic focus and dedication. My congratulations go to all of our GCSE students and I wish them every success as they take their next steps into A Levels and beyond.”

You can find out more about the new GCSE grading structure and what it means in the article Nine things you need to know about GCSE on the Cognita website.

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