GCSEs: An Excellent Results Day

Twice the national average of Grade 9 at GCSEs have been awarded at Rainhill High School.

4% of all grades at Rainhill are the new very hard Grade 9s – which are better than previous A* grades. These are the same as a Grade 8 in the new system.

18 students achieved a grade 9 in either GCSE English or Maths. With Jonathon Ackers, Lucy Andrews and Lochlan Chadwick achieving a Grade 9 in both subjects. One of the students who was awarded a Grade 9 was Liverpool FC’s Paul Glatzel in his GCSE English.

Rainhill High School students and teachers are celebrating another year of really strong GCSE results. English and Maths have both bucked the national trend with increased pass marks at Grade 4 plus (old style Grade C), strong pass at Grade 5 and more students than ever gaining the equivalent of old style Grade A&A* - i.e. new grade 7-9. All other subjects performed strongly – allowing all students to do really well.

Changes to the 2017 grading of English and Maths across England to 9-1 led to greater uncertainty about how grades will be awarded, specifically far fewer students to receive the highest mark – Grade 9 than have achieved A*s in the past. OFQUAL predicted that only 2% of English Language and 3% of Maths would receive a grade 9 earlier this week.

Rainhill High School is delighted to report that 3.8% of English Language and 4.2% of Maths GCSE grades are at the new grade 9 and that 51% of students achieved a ‘good pass’ whilst 71% achieved a ‘standard pass’ (English and Maths BASICS), an increase on 2016 results.

John Pout, Headteacher said “I am so pleased for the students, parents, and staff at the school. These results reflect the dedication, hard work and professionalism of all involved at a time of huge educational change. All of the results of our young people are well deserved and particular recognition should be given to those who attained the new grade 9 in English and/or Maths– a fantastic achievement”.