23 August 2018

Congratulations to all Yr11 Students.

Today, students at Burscough Priory were celebrating their success in the Summer GCSE examinations.  In the reformed GCSEs, 74% of students achieved a pass grade 4 or higher.

The Headteacher Dr Graham Clarke praised students for their commitment and determination, and thanked staff and parents for their unwavering support and encouragement.

“I am delighted to see that so many of our young people have made excellent progress across their subjects during their time at Burscough Priory Science College. This year’s results were achieved against the backdrop of significant national change. Students of all talents and abilities have done extremely well.   Congratulations to the class of 2018”.


Summer Results 2018 Context.

This summer is the second year that reformed GCSEs graded 9 to 1 have been awarded.  Reformed qualifications in 20 subjects were awarded for the first time this summer, in addition to the 3 reformed subjects that were awarded for the first time in 2017. Changes to the GCSEs reflect the government’s intention that the qualifications better prepare students for further study and work, are more stretching for the most able students, and remain accessible to the range of students who have traditionally taken GCSEs.

The results of the reformed GCSEs cannot be compared with the old GCSEs as they are entirely new courses with a new grading system.

The new grading structure is not directly equivalent to the A*-G system.  The government has decided to describe a grade 4 as a ‘standard pass’ and a grade 5 as a ‘strong pass’.

The new GCSE grades:

A grade 4 and above is equivalent to a C and above: if pupils do not achieve this level they will be required to continue studying English and maths post- 16. Where employers, FE providers and universities currently accept a grade C, they are expected to continue recognising a grade 4.

The grade 5 ‘strong pass’ is being used as a school performance measure. In school performance tables, the government will publish the proportion of students achieving a grade 4 and above, and intends to publish the proportion of students achieving a grade 5 and above. This will not affect individual pupils.