1. ITV Report

GCSE performance improves in Wales

King Henry VIII Comprehensive School in Abergavenny. Credit: ITV Cymru Wales

GCSE results have improved by 1.2% in the last year in Wales.

More than 62% of pupils achieved a C grade or above, but the number of students getting top grades A*-A has declined by 0.1%.

This is the second year of results under the new system, which introduced new science GCSEs, as well as the new Skills Challenge Certificate for the Welsh Baccalaureate.

Results this year also include qualification awards for seven new GCSE subjects:

  • Business
  • Computer
  • Science
  • Design & Technology
  • History
  • Media Studies
  • Religious Studies (full course)
  • Welsh Second Language
67.6% of girls achieved A*-C grades compared with 57.8% of boys. Credit: PA

The number of GCSEs sat in Wales climbed by 8.8%, with overall national results remaining stable.

Regulator Qualifications Wales said changes to school performance measures and an increase in the general population are the two main reasons for an increase in entries.

GCSE entries in subjects including English and Mathematics have increased. Credit: PA

Education Minister Kirsty Williams AM has congratulated students on their results.

Today we have seen an improvement in overall performance across Wales. I would like to congratulate all learners receiving their results today and to thank the teachers who have worked so hard to deliver these new qualifications.

Last year we saw a dramatic increase of 50% in entries for science GCSEs. I am pleased to see that entries and results are continuing on the upward trend, with more pupils gaining A*-C and more achieving the very top grades in Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

– Kirsty Williams AM, Education Minister

GCSE entries in English, Mathematics, Science Double Award, History, Geography, Modern Foreign Languages, Art and Design and Computing have also seen an increase.

67.6 per cent of girls achieved A*-C grades compared with 57.8 per cent of boys.