GCSE results at fee paying schools rise

PRIVATE schools in the area are celebrating as GCSE pass rates at independent institutions rise - while nationally the score dropped.

Saturday, 3rd September 2016, 6:15 am

The Independent Schools Council (ISC) revealed that the A*-C pass rate for fee-paying pupils increased by 0.2 per cent.

This contrasts the national average, which fell by 2.1 points to 66.9 per cent - the biggest drop since the qualification was introduced.

The findings are based on 552 independent schools across the UK and includes the international GCSE (IGCSE) and standard qualification.

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At Portsmouth Grammar School 98 per cent of pupils achieved A*-C grade, with 70 per cent getting the top A* and A.

Students at Portsmouth High School shared similar success, with 99 per cent receiving A*-C and 68 per cent getting A* or A.

While at Mayville High School, 89 per cent of pupils achieved A*-c and 31 per cent A* or A.

At St John’s College, 80 per cent of students were awarded A*-C with 28 per cent scoring A* or A grades.

Barnarby Lenon, ISC chairman, said:‘To see an increase in independent school grades across the board is excellent news and testament to all those working hard.’