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Improved performance for Coventry students in new, tougher GCSEs

Published Thursday, 23 August 2018

Early indications suggest Coventry students have performed really well in this year’s new, tougher GCSE exams.

 Citywide improvements have been recorded in:

  • Attainment 8 (results across 8 subjects) – up by 0.3 points
  • Strong pass (grades 9-5) in English and Maths combined – up by 1.3ppts
  • Standard pass (grades 9-4) in English and Maths combined – up by 1.7ppts
  • Standard pass (grades 9-4) in English – up by 0.3ppts
  • Strong pass (grades 9-5) in Maths – up by 6ppts

Almost half of Coventry’s secondary schools have improved results in all or some of the above indicators.  The biggest improvement was in the strong pass (grades 9-5) in Maths, up by 6% from the previous year to 44%.                                          

Young people receiving their results today are the first to take exams in the reformed GCSEs using the new 9-1 grading system, with 9 being the highest mark.  Reformed GCSEs were introduced to provide updated and more challenging content and better to differentiate at the top end of student performance.

Councillor Kevin Maton, Coventry City Council’s Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, congratulated the hard work of everyone involved, pupils, their parents and carers and all staff.

He said: “The changes to the exam system across the UK means that making comparisons is difficult compared to previous years.  However, it is especially pleasing to see such a significant improvement in the strong pass in GCSE mathematics.

“What is clear from the provisional results is that there is a large number of students and schools that have achieved considerable success this year in spite of tougher exams and should be congratulated as their hard work and effort has been rewarded.

“There is a lot of help and support available for anyone who has not achieved the results they had hoped for, so my advice is to seek help as soon as possible.”

Any students wanting more help or information about their results or what to do next should contact their school.  Additional advice and guidance is also available from Prospects Services, Independent Careers Guidance, at or the National Careers Service on 0800 100 900 or

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