GCSE results: Barking and Dagenham pupils’ English results better than national average

PUBLISHED: 13:24 25 August 2017

Barking Abbey pupils
Memoona Chaudhry, Cody Chant, and Sophie Giday.

Barking Abbey pupils Memoona Chaudhry, Cody Chant, and Sophie Giday.


Almost a quarter of all GCSE pupils in Barking and Dagenham have achieved the top grades of 7 to 9 in English - equivalent to an A or A*

Dagenham Park pupils Rannah Suea, Mia Palmer, and Hanifa Ahned. Dagenham Park pupils Rannah Suea, Mia Palmer, and Hanifa Ahned.

In the first year of the new-style exams - which saw pupils study a new syllabus without coursework and take all their papers at the end of the course - the borough’s teenagers did much better than the national average of 17 per cent.

Despite uncertainty about how pupils would cope with the changes, which also saw the English, English literature and maths exams graded 1 to 9 rather than G to A*, schools have excelled.

Robert Clack School saw 22 pupils receive a coveted 9 in at least one of the three subjects, while 14 pupils at Eastbury Community School did so.

Meanwhile Riverside School’s first ever cohort of GCSE pupils saw 71pc gain at least a 4 - equivalent to a C - in both English and maths, one of the highest in the borough.

Eastbrook School pupils celebrate their GCSE results Eastbrook School pupils celebrate their GCSE results

Headteacher Andy Roberts said: “These new exams have really challenged our students and staff and they have risen to that challenge and we have had some very impressive results.”

The highest performing school in English and maths was All Saints Catholic School, which saw a 78pc pass rate, while Barking Abbey was close behind on 74pc.

Jo Tupman, acting headteacher of Barking Abbey, said: “We are really pleased and it demonstrates the hard work, determination and aspirations of all our young people.”

Councillor Evelyn Carpenter, cabinet member for educational attainment and school improvement, praised the success of pupils.

“This is fantastic news and it shows that all the schools in our borough have excelled despite the uncertainty surrounding the change in how the exams worked,” she said.

“I am delighted to see almost a quarter of all our pupils achieve the top grades in English and to see GCSE results improve as they have is a testament to the dedication of our students, teachers, and headteachers.

“Once again our results have seen year on year improvements and this demonstrates Barking and Dagenham is as good as anywhere to give young people the best start to their education.”

To read more about this year’s GCSE results, click here.

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