GCSE results: increase in attainment across Southampton

City students praised for exams success

Students, parents and teachers in Southampton are celebrating today’s GCSE results following an increase in attainment in the city.

This year, Southampton pupils achieved an average Attainment 8 score of 44.0, an increase of 0.7 on the score of 43.3 achieved last year. A student’s Attainment 8 score is calculated by adding up their points for eight subjects (with a double-weighting for English and Maths) and dividing by 10 to get their Attainment 8 score. This is a national benchmark used by the government to measure the effectiveness of secondary schools in England.

The year-on-year increase in Southampton students’ Attainment 8 scores is broadly equivalent to three out of every four students achieving one higher GCSE grade in a subject this year when compared to 2018.

In addition, today’s results show:

  • 65 per cent of students achieved a grade 4 to 9 in Maths
  • 70 per cent of students achieved a grade 4 to 9 in English

Both sets of results represent an increase in the proportion of students achieving the same grades compared to last year.

Councillor Darren Paffey, Cabinet member for Aspiration, Children and Lifelong Learning at Southampton City Council, said: “I’d like to congratulate students collecting their GCSE results today. The progress we have seen in Southampton is testament to their hard work, as well as the efforts of teachers, governors and parents and carers who play a role in helping our young people to achieve their potential.

"Whatever students decide to do next, there are many options open to them in Southampton– from work-based training and apprenticeships, to further study – as well as advice and support for those still considering their next steps. We wish them the best of luck with their future.”