23 August 2012
As with every year, today saw tears of both elation and despair as students around the country received their GCSE exam results following examinations earlier in the summer. We would like to congratulate all pupils of the 2012 cohort at EducateFirst on their outstanding success. The excellent set of results is testimony only to the hard work put in by our pupils throughout the academic year.
Not all students were pleased with their results as grades plummeted for the first time in the exam’s 24-year history following a radical toughening up of standards. In all, the proportion of test papers marked at least an A fell by 0.8 percentage points to 22.4% – the first annual drop since GCSE exams were first sat in 1988. Elite A* grades also fell by 0.5 percentage points to 7.3%. Several factors are likely to have contributed to the drop is grades this year: the introduction of new marking rules, alterations to grade boundaries, harder exam papers in certain subjects, a cut in the number of students sitting easier vocational qualifications.
In this ever-competitive climate, it is essential that students are helped to develop the skills essential to succeed in the future. Following precedent from previous years, tutors at EducateFirst will continue to build on the success evident not only in exam results but also the overall growth of confidence in our pupils.
With the new academic year fast approaching, the EducateFirst team has been busy in preparation for classes set to commence on Saturday 6 October. In particular, the opening of the new Bradford centre will be a major feat in the project’s history. We look forward to the return of familiar faces, whilst also welcoming new pupils set to join us at The Grange Interlink Centre, Bradford.
Once again, congratulations to all our students on their exceptional achievements. Well done to all for their sustained hard work and dedication and a big thank you to our tutors who are committed to providing only the highest quality of education.