‘Grade boundaries have made achieving A*-C grades harder’, academy principal

Skegness Academy

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Significant changes to grade boundaries for English and maths have made achieving a grade C harder according to Skegness Academy’s principal.

As reported yesterday (Thursday), the school was revealed to have had 23 per cent of its pupils achieve A*-C grades including English and Maths in 2015, in figures published by the Department for Education – down from 24 per cent in 2014.

The national figure for all schools was 53.8 per cent.

Ben Pearce the academy’s acting principal, said: “Grade boundaries for English and mathematics have changed significantly making achieving a grade C harder when compared to 2014 which has severely impacted on the number of pupils achieving five or more GCSE’s at grade A* to C including English and mathematics.

“Whilst this headline figure is disappointing there are some successes, for example we saw over 60 per cent of pupils achieve a pass in mathematics which is a 12 per cent increase on last year.

“It is also important to remember that there are many individual pupils who have performed exceptionally well and we wish them every success as they continue their education or enter training or employment.

“I am confident that we have the drive and capacity to continue to move forward and make further progress which will result in improved examination results this summer.”

At Skegness Grammar School, 92 per cent of pupils achieved an A*-C grade including English and Maths, this was level with the 2014 statistics.