GCSE success for Wandsworth students

Published: 26 August 2016

Wandsworth schools are celebrating another successful year of GCSE results.

Provisional results show 67 per cent of pupils achieved five or more A*-C passes including English and mathematics - up five percentage points from last year.

The overall proportion of A*-C grades awarded to Wandsworth students was also up at 77 per cent, a full ten percentage points above the provisional national figure.  

Harris Academy Battersea improved their English and mathematics results by 12 percentage points from last year, Southfields Academy by 22 points and Ark Putney Academy by 13 points.

Harris Academy Battersea pupils were also successful in the English Baccalaureate (EBacc), improving by 20 points to become the borough’s second highest performing school on this measure, behind Graveney.  Southfields, Ernest Bevin and Saint John Bosco also improved well on this measure.  Overall 33 per cent of the borough’s pupils achieved the EBacc.

New measures have been brought in to assess schools’ average grades and the progress of their pupils.

‘Attainment 8’ calculates an average grade for each school based on their achievement in English and maths and 6 other subjects from a list of approved qualifications. Overall in Wandsworth this translated to an average grade of a high C, with Graveney, Harris Battersea and Saint Cecilia’s achieving a B. 

‘Progress 8’ measures how well pupils have done compared to their primary school performance. The majority achieved a positive score, with Saint Cecilia’s pupils for example achieving on average one-third of a grade better than would be expected based on primary attainment.

The council’s education spokesman Councillor Kathy Tracey said;

“Once again our schools, pupils, staff and parents worked hard to achieve excellent results.

“Well done to all school, especially Harris Academy, Ark Putney Academy, Southfields and Saint John Bosco for their significant improvements.”