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GCSEs 2019: Suffolk students 'achieved higher grades'

Bury St Edmunds students played their part in an impressive year for GCSE results across Suffolk.

The grades released yesterday (Thursday, August 22) were better across the board than in 2018, according to the county council.

The authority has reported a 7 per cent increase in the number of students achieving a grade 4 - which roughly equates to the old-style C grade.

King Edward VI School in Bury St Edmunds
King Edward VI School in Bury St Edmunds

Figures also show an increase in the number of disadvantaged pupils achieving a grade 4 in English and mathematics.

This benchmark was hit by a large proportion of students in Bury St Edmunds schools, including County Upper where 75 per cent achieved the target.

And history was made at Sybil Andrews Academy - where the first ever crop of students picked up their grades.

Councillor Gordon Jones (15652013)
Councillor Gordon Jones (15652013)

Councillor Gordon Jones, Suffolk County Council’s cabinet member for education said: “I would like to congratulate Suffolk’s young people on these fantastic results.

"They are testament to the hard work and commitment shown by pupils, parents, teachers and governors. This early indication puts our students in a strong position to go on to higher education.

“Through our Raising the Bar programme we continue to work with, and challenge schools to drive up educational attainment. We are committed to establishing and maintaining an education system that allows every child and young person to reach their full potential.”

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