Provisional GCSE results have been released today showing that Bedford Borough students’ Average Attainment 8 Score for 2019 was 45.45, which is up from last year. This is the average score obtained by a student for their best 8 GCSE results. This increase mirrors the national picture.
Once again, over 60% of students secured a Grade 4 and above in both English and Maths subjects.
This is the third year of the revised GCSEs which are graded from 9 – 1 with less emphasis on coursework and more on exams. Given these differences in context, grading and assessment, it is not possible to directly compare the new grade scale with the old A* to G grades, though a 9 is roughly the equivalent of an A*, and a 1 is effectively a G. A grade 4 pass is valued as a passport to further education and employment.
Cllr James Valentine, Portfolio Holder for Education and Children’s Services said: “A huge well done to every young person - and all their teachers - who worked so hard to achieve these results in what can be a nail-biting time of year.
“GCSEs is a significant milestone in the lives of children and young people, marking the culmination of many years of hard work. I wish all students every success in the future, as they move on to further education, employment or training.”