Impressive results for Hertfordshire's secondary schools

Published: 26 Jan 2018

Hertfordshire County Council has praised the hard work and dedication of students and staff at the county’s secondary schools after the Government’s latest performance tables show they chalked up some very impressive results in the first year of the new grading scale for GCSEs.


This year the previous GCSE grades of A* to G for English and mathematics have been replaced by a grading of 1 to 9 (with 9 being the top grade). The content of the GCSE courses (developed by the government and the exam boards) has also been made more demanding. The new system has introduced the concept of a ‘standard pass’ (grade 4, which is roughly equivalent to a low grade C using the old measures) and a ‘strong pass’ (grade 5, which is roughly equivalent to a high grade C or low grade B using the old measures).


In Hertfordshire 71.8% of students achieved a standard pass in English and mathematics, 7.6 percentage points above the national average of 64.2%. This places Hertfordshire in the 20% of all local authorities in the country, and the highest performing authority in the Eastern region.


In English and mathematics 50.9% of Hertfordshire students achieved a good pass, compared to the national figure of 42.9%. Hertfordshire is in the top fifth of all local authorities in the country for this measure and is ranked second out of the Eastern region local authorities.


Terry Douris, Cabinet Member for Education, said:


“We’re really proud of all our students, who did so well in their exams last year, as well as their teachers who have helped them be so successful.”


“It is a great credit to everyone involved in education locally that our secondary schools continue to significantly outperform the national average.”  


The new grading scale will be rolled out to other GCSE subjects between 2018 and 2020. The timetable for rollout of the new grading system and further information on the GCSE reforms can be found here: