Bexley students face new English and maths grading as they pick up GCSE results - see how they got on here
PUBLISHED: 09:06 24 August 2017 | UPDATED: 11:36 29 August 2017
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Students pick up their GCSE results today
Students around the borough are facing one of the most nerve-wracking days of their academic lives as they pick up their GCSE results today.
But with a new grading format and tougher testing, it could be a while before we know which of Bexley’s schools have come out on top.
All 16 of state secondary schools were tested on new maths, English literature and English language courses, which saw students taught for two years before facing all of their exams in the summer, with no coursework to boost their grades.
And instead of seeing a letter next to their names, all three results will be graded numerically, with 9 seen as better than an A* and 1 the lowest possible grade.
Townley Grammar School repeated last year’s achievement of 98 per cent students getting five or more A* to C grades or equivalent, and saw a 10 per cent jump in the number of students achieving five or more A* or A grades, now standing at 79.43 per cent.
On the other side of the A2, Beths Grammar School saw the number of students picking up A* or A grades jump from 52 per cent to 62 per cent.
At Harris Academy Falconwood, 71 per cent of students achieved five or more A* to C grades including scores of four and above in English and maths.
The Garrard Academy, formerly The Business Academy Bexley, is celebrating its best ever GCSE results with 58 per cent of its students earning five good passes including English and Maths and one in five students picking up an A or A* equivalent.
Last year just 32 per cent of students at the school received five or more A* to C grades.
Cabinet member for education, John Fuller said: “It is always a nerve wracking time of year for the young people who have taken exams, but the news we have had so far has all been good.
“It is always difficult when grade changes are introduced to exams after such a long time – but our students, teachers and school governors have once again worked extremely hard to deliver a set of results that they can be proud of. I wish all our students the very best of luck as they continue with their education or training.”