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Education results 2015/16

Published: 13/10/2016

Flintshire County Council’s Cabinet will be asked to note the outcomes of pupil assessments across all key stages when it meets on Tuesday 18 October. Improvements can be noted in all key stages. Progress has been particularly encouraging in primary education and at Key Stage 3. The Council acknowledges the challenges to improve further. Here is an overview of the results, in Key Stages: Foundation Phase – the indicator for this stage (when a pupil achieves outcome 5 or above) was 86.9%. Although this was a drop of 0.1% from the previous year, since 2014 it has increased by 2.4%. Flintshire was second out of all six North Wales authorities Key Stage 2 – Flintshire’s results at this stage are extremely positive, with a 2.2% increase over 2015 to 90.1%, making Flintshire the best performing council at this stage in North Wales on the core subject indicator. Key Stage 3 – again, Flintshire performed well at this stage, with performance rated at 88.4% - an increase of 1.3% over the previous year. This shows a year on year improvement since 2014 of 2.1% which reflects well on the work being done in our secondary schools to improve learner outcomes. Key Stage 4 (GCSE) – results this year improved by 0.7% on 2015 to 61.3%, on the key indicator putting Flintshire second in the region. These results are based on external examinations and at this stage are only provisional. Key Stage 5 (A level) – again, this data is provisional and shows that the number of pupils attaining 2 A levels increased by 1.0% to 98.1%, although the future focus will be to increase the percentage of high A level grades (C and above). Flintshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Education and Youth, Councillor Chris Bithell, said: “There is no room for complacency and we are well aware that support is needed to help some schools refine their tracking systems to close the gap between projected and final performance. We remain committed to improving performance to ensure that our young people get the best possible start in life. “Flintshire’s education service has many strengths and I am pleased to say that there has been considerable drive and determination to address issues and to further improve performance and outcomes for our learners. “The Council is carrying out a programme of school modernisation and its commitment to this programme remains strong. It wants to provide the best possible opportunities for learners to achieve their full potential in schools that are fit for purpose and deliver first-class education in the 21st Century.”