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Guernsey sees a fall in GCSE grades

St Sampson's High and Les Voies were the only schools to see an increase in the number of pupils achieving grades 9-4. Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Archive/PA Images

There has been a fall in the number of students receiving 9-4 grades, including those in English and Maths, at Guernsey's high schools.

Out of seven schools, only two of them saw an increase in pupils receiving these grades.

One was St Sampson's High, which went from 47.3% of students receiving 9-4 grades in English and Maths in 2018 to 47.8% for this academic year.

The other Les Voies, which teaches pupils with behavioural difficulties, saw an increase going from 0% last year to 8.3% for 2019.

A new grading system of 9-1, the equivalent of the A*-G system, was introduced in the island last year.

The following table outlines the percentage of students receiving 9-4/A*-C grades, including those in English and Maths for the past five years

The new 9-1 system which replaced the A*G system in Guernsey Credit: States of Guernsey

The Vice President of the Education Committee has congratulated all students who have worked hard to achieve their result but says there needs to be an improvement.

Amongst the many success stories it is clear that there are areas in which results are disappointing, and that there is room for improvement in our system. We must retain the highest possible aspirations for the young people of the Bailiwick.

– Deputy Richard Graham, Vice President of the Committee for Education, Sport & Culture.

Despite a fall in 9-4 results, student at the College of Further Education, who were on Level two and Level one courses, saw an increase in the pass rate on last year.

The results are also above the benchmark in the UK.

College of Further Education pass rate results over the last three years compared with Credit: States of Guernsey