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Harlow schools praised over GCSE results

Politics / Fri 16th Oct 2015 at 07:56am

ESSEX County Council is congratulating schools after figures released today showed another rise in the percentage of GCSE pupils achieving 5 or more A* – C grades including English and maths.

In contrast with the national picture, the percentage of pupils in Essex achieving the benchmark climbed from 56.5 per cent in 2014 to 57.6 per cent in 2015 – the equivalent of about 170 extra pupils.

Nationally the figure fell from 53.4 per cent to 52.8 per cent.

As a result of the improvements in the county, Essex climbs from 85th to 53rd in the local authority rankings.

The county’s ranking in the percentage of Key Stage 2 to 4 pupils making expected progress in English has also improved, rising from 67th to 45th – the county’s highest ever.

Cllr Ray Gooding, Essex County Council’s Cabinet Member for Education and Lifelong Learning, said: “I am delighted to see the county’s schools bucking the national trend and continuing to achieve improved results.

“Pupils and staff have worked incredibly hard and should be very proud of their efforts.

“As a council, we remain committed to ensuring pupils receive the best possible education.”

As well as the publication of Key Stage 4 provisional results, the Department for Education also released provisional A-Level results today.

In Essex, the average point score per student is 821.7, compared with a state school national average of 775.3. As a result, the county is 19th in the local authority rankings.

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