Early results indicate that Croydon students have raised the borough’s overall GCSE performance after results were announced on Thursday.
The rate of Croydon pupils achieving a Grade 9-4 pass in both English and Maths increased by 0.8% to 73.5%, with the national average at 76.3%.
Croydon also saw an increase in the percentage of students achieving a strong pass in both English and Maths of Grade 9-5 – going up by 1.1% to 53.7%.
Provisional results indicate that a number of Croydon schools achieved higher than the national average of 76.3% for pupils achieving grades 9 to 4 in both English and Maths including; The BRIT School, Coloma Convent Girls’ School, Virgo Fidelis School, Oasis Academy Coulsdon, Norbury Manor Business and Enterprise College, Woodcote High School and Riddlesdown Collegiate.
Because of disruption caused by the pandemic, this year’s results are based on each school’s analysis of internal assessments and students’ coursework, not external exams.
St Joseph’s College student Victor Awosanya, age 16 from Thornton Heath, got a 9 in Geography, 8s in Maths, Further Maths and Applied Science, and 7s in English and History. He said: “For A-Levels I’m looking forward to stuff like economics – I’m going to do Further Maths as well since I got an 8. I hope I do as well on my A-Levels and can finish strong in all my courses.”
Daniel Osei Awarteng, aged 16 from Thornton Heath and also a student at St Joseph’s, said: “I got 9s in Science, Geography, Business, Maths, History, and 8 in Further Maths, so I’m just happy, honestly. Next I’m going to do my A-Levels and in uni I think I’d like to study electrical engineering because I like technology.”
Oasis Academy Shirley Park student Barnaby Albiston, aged 16 from East Croydon, got eight 9s and one 8 grade. He said: “I’m delighted with the results I’ve achieved. Given the uncertainty around exams caused by the ongoing pandemic, I feel particularly proud that I scored so strongly and consistently. I’d like to thank all my teachers across the last five years for their support and confidence in me.”
Saqib Chaudhri, Principal of Oasis Shirley Park, said: “Today is the culmination of all of our hard work, and what that means is students are able to really celebrate today and put some of the difficulties of the last two years behind them.”
“As with this week’s A-level results, Croydon students at local schools and colleges have shown incredible resilience to do well in their GCSEs despite the disruption to their learning from Covid-19.
“GCSE results day is an important date in our children’s lives, so I’m grateful to the teachers and families who have supported these young people throughout. If you need advice deciding on your next steps after getting your results, please get in touch with your school or college so they can help you decide what is right for you.”
Councillor Alisa Flemming, cabinet member for children, young people and learning