GCSE achievements are below the average

Tanbridge House School students opening their GCSE results - picture submitted SUS-141209-153503001
Tanbridge House School students opening their GCSE results - picture submitted SUS-141209-153503001

New figures released recently show achievements by GCSE students in Eastbourne are slightly below the national average.

The England average for the proportion of students gaining A*-C, including Maths and English is 54.4 per cent and in Eastbourne the proportion of students gaining A*-C, including maths and English is 53.2 per cent.

The proportion of ‘disadvantaged’ students gaining A*-C, including maths and English: is 34.2 per cent against the average for England of 36.4 per cent.

The figures highlight wide variations in GCSE results across parliamentary constituencies as well as among those receiving free school meals.

Officials say in the south coast children on free school meals do much worse at GCSE than children on free school meals in other parts of England.

The figures have been released by Labour’s Southern Taskforce which says the party’s plans to drive up school standards are so important.

Shadow Education Secretary Tristram Hunt revealed a plan to drive up head teacher standards; with new business-school partnerships to improve management skills and expertise, new headship qualifications, and the creation of a School Leadership Institute to champion high quality leadership. “It’s an important part of Labour’s offer for many families in southern and eastern England,” said Mr Hunt. “If you look at detail of this year’s GCSE results you’ll find within every national or regional story there are local variations - areas doing very well and some falling behind. We’ve mapped research from the House of Commons Library, which analysed GSCE results by constituency.”