Thursday, 29 January 2015

Arden results slide to five-year low

ARDEN school has recorded its lowest GCSE results since 2009 amid a national row over changes to exams.

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A total 83 per cent of pupils got at least five GCSEs including English and Maths from exams sat last summer.

It still meant significantly above the national average of 56.6 per cent and Solihull average of 60.8 per cent.

The result for Arden was 84 per cent in 2009 then 92, 91, 90 and 94 per cent in subsequent years.

But changes in 2014 included disallowing re-sits and tougher exams with less coursework.

When pupils got their results in August principal Martin Murphy said “over 85 per cent” achieved the key GCSE score.

The final figures are published in January after validation by the Department for Education.

He said then: “The students have reached their challenging targets and we are particularly pleased that we have achieved such truly impressive results when the bar is being significantly raised nationally and the exam system has changed.”

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