League table reveals GCSE results

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The last minute changes to grading boundaries in last year’s GCSE English exam has resulted in the decline of people achieving A* to C grade in the exam - a councillor has claimed.

GCSE league tables that were were published at the end of last month revealed that schools in Bedford Borough saw less people achieving five A* to C grades, including maths and English.

Biddenham and Hastingsbury Upper Schools both saw a decline of five per cent, and Wootton Upper School six per cent. However Thomas Moore saw an increase of seven per cent.

Counillor David Sawyer, portfolio holder for education at Bedford Borough Council, said: “There have been marked improvements in GCSE grades across the borough over recent years, and this year the percentage of pupils achieving 5 or more GCSEs at A* - C (or equivalent) overall was 80 per cent, matching the markedly improved results achieved in 2011.

“The proportion of young people securing 5 A*- C grades including English and maths declined, highlighting the impact of last minute changes to grade boundaries for English GCSEs.

“As a result of the unfairness suffered by local young people the Council has joined a broad alliance of councils, schools, professional bodies and individual students in fighting the actions of the exams regulator and exam boards in the High Court.

“As a result of this court action we hope for a re-grade on fair boundaries, which would give a fairer reflection of students’ work and would raise the percentage of students securing 5 A*- C grades including English and maths.”