And the data shows the city’s state schools are four percentage points ahead of the national average in both the government’s key measures for English and maths combined.
Scroll down to compare the GCSE results for Brighton and Hove’s individual schools.
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Brighton and Hove City Council said 68 per cent of students achieved grades 9-4 compared to the national average of 64 per cent, and 47 per cent achieved grades 9-5 against a national average of 43 per cent.
The government describes a Grade 4 as a ‘standard’ pass, while a Grade 5 is a ‘strong’ pass.
GCSEs are now being graded from 9 to 1, with 9 being the top grade.
The city is also ahead of the game for the government’s new ‘Attainment 8’ performance measure, the council said. This shows average attainment at individual schools across eight subjects.
Brighton & Hove’s Attainment 8 figure is 48.0 compared to the national average of 46.5.
Pinaki Ghoshal, the council’s executive director for families, children and learning, said: “This year-on-year improvement comes on the back of improved results city-wide at both A-level and primary level.
“Hats off first and foremost to our young people and their teachers, who have worked really hard to achieve this.
“I think our schools team and the city’s Education Partnership also deserve credit for their continued collaboration to raise standards.
“This has also included an improvement city-wide in Progress 8, another key government measure.
“With all of our secondary schools now rated ‘good’ by Ofsted parents can be confident that their children will get an excellent education whichever school they are at.”
Here are the results comparing Brighton and Hove’s secondary schools:
Grade 5 or above in English & maths GCSEs
This tells you the percentage of pupils who achieved grade 5 or above in the 2017 reformed English and maths GCSEs. Reformed GCSEs are graded 1 (low) to 9 (high). Grade 5 in the new grading is a similar level of achievement to a high grade C or low grade B in the old grading.
National average: 43.30%
Varndean School 59%
Dorothy Stringer School 57%
Portslade Aldridge Community Academy (PACA) 56%
Kings School 53%
Cardinal Newman Catholic School 52%
Blatchington Mill School 52%
Patcham High School 47%
Hove Park School 40%
Longhill High School 23%
Brighton Aldridge Community Academy (BACA) 18%
Attainment 8 score
Schools get a score based on how well pupils have performed in up to eight qualifications, which include English, maths, three English Baccalaureate qualifications including sciences, computer science, history, geography and languages, and three other additional approved qualifications.
National average: 46.5
Dorothy Stringer School 55.5
Cardinal Newman Catholic School 53.9
Varndean School 53
Kings School 50.4
Blatchington Mill School 48.3
Patcham High School 46.2
Hove Park School 45
Longhill High School 38.8