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GCSE marking debacle blamed for poor results in Southend, Rochford and Rayleigh
League tables showed 11 of the 17 mainstream secondary schools across the area suffered drops in the proportion of pupils achieving five A* to C grades including maths and English last year compared to the previous year.
Thousands of students nationwide received lower than expected results in GCSE English after grade boundaries were raised between the January and June exam sessions.
James Courtney, Southend councillor responsible for children and lifelong learning on Southend Council, said: “All these people on the cusp of a C grade who got a D grade may have done well in other results, but not been counted in these figures.
“We have to treat the English marking debacle as an exceptional factor really.
“We have to look at the longer trends in Southend, where at every key stage there has been a slow, but sure upward trend.”
The proportion of pupils achieving five A* to C grades including maths and English fell from 43 per cent to 29 per cent at Future Community College, Southchurch, and from 91 per cent to 71 per cent at independent school Thorpe Hall School, Thorpe Bay.
Even the grammar schools failed to keep their prestigious 100 per cent result record.
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