National performance tables show students are thriving in Bristol schools

Official GCSE school performance tables released today (21 Jan) by the Department for Education show that Bristol schools are above the national average for the second consecutive year.

Over the past decade schools in the city have been improving and that success was consolidated last year as 54% of students achieved five or more GCSE grade A*- C including English and maths. This is compared to the national average of 53.8%. Bristol’s schools are excelling due to the hard work of teachers, pupils and families. Last year the majority of Bristol schools saw an increase in students getting five or more A* – C grades, excluding English and maths. This figure stands at 63% compared to 62% last year which is above other Core Cities (61%) but slightly below the average across England (65%).

“We should be proud of Bristol’s young people and the many students who worked so hard to achieve their GCSE results. As a Learning City we are there to make sure our young people keep on learning as they take their next steps into employment, training or higher education. For now though, I’d like to congratulate each of them on their achievements so far.”

George Ferguson, Mayor of Bristol

There were some notable success stories across the city in the numbers of pupils achieving five or more grade A* – C including English and maths. A number of schools including Bristol Cathedral Choir School, Redland Green School and Colston Girls School saw over 80% of students achieve this standard. A number of schools also made big improvements – City Academy saw a 13% increase in pupils achieving this standard since 2014.

“Creating successful schools is down to a number of factors, including recruiting strong teachers and leaders, and providing quality learning environments. I know that headteachers across the city have high aspirations for students and it’s vital that they continue to inspire all pupils so they want to learn and reach their full potential.”

Councillor Brenda Massey, Assistant Mayor for People with responsibility for Education and Skills

“The official performance tables show that Bristol schools are in a good position and I’m delighted that we’re above the national and Core Cities average, despite significant turbulence in national assessment processes. Last year the schools consolidated their success as results had continued to rise for a decade, and the challenge now is to ensure they continue to improve. “As a council our aspiration is to be in the top 25% of local authorities. We want to see all schools in the city performing well so we’re focusing on those who need more support, working in partnership with headteachers and staff to share best practice between schools and identify and issues that need to be addressed.”

Paul Jacobs, Service Director for Education and Skills

Over the next few years new GCSEs are being brought in by the Government, which will use numbers instead of letter grades. From next year the progress of schools will also be measured in a different way to establish how much progress pupils have made compared to their starting points.

The performance tables can be found here: www.education.gov.uk/schools/performance/