EDUCATION bosses have hailed youngsters in Hartlepool after they achieved some of the best-ever GCSE results in the town’s history.
Around 1,200 16-year-olds received their results yesterday and the early indications are that the number of students achieving five or more A* to C passes has improved again.
Figures show 79.3 per cent achieved five or more A* to C grades – which is an increase of more than a fifth since 2006.
Meanwhile, 58.2 per cent of pupils secured five or more A* to C passes (including English and maths) – up an impressive 9.4 per cent on last year.
The percentage of students achieving A* to C grades in English rose by 8.2 per cent to 63.7 per cent and in maths there was an increase of 3.4 per cent to 71.6 per cent.
Nationally the results for both subjects have seen a slight decline while the number achieving A* to C is also down, 1.3 per cent to 68.1 per cent with officials saying there has been a significant rise in the number of 15-year-olds taking GCSEs brings down overall results.
Hartlepool’s provisional results are:
• 79.3 per cent of students achieved five or more A* to C grades;
• 98 per cent of pupils obtained at least one GCSE pass;
• 58.2 per cent of students achieved five or more A* to C grades including English and maths.
Dean Jackson, Hartlepool Borough Council’s assistant director of education, said: “The town’s 16-year-olds have every reason to feel proud of their achievements, which reflect a lot of hard work by themselves and by the staff in their schools.
“A 9.4 per cent improvement across the town on last year’s results is fantastic.
“I would like to thank the parents and carers of all our pupils for the support they give their children to help them to achieve well at school.
“I would also strongly encourage our young people to carry on with their education in Hartlepool at one of the town’s outstanding sixth form institutions which, as last week’s A-Level results show, are some of the most successful in the country.”
Labour councillor Chris Simmons, chair of the children’s services committee, added: “These are the best GCSE results in Hartlepool for almost a decade and they are especially impressive when set against the national results for English and maths this year, which have seen a slight decline.
“Hartlepool’s success is testament to the partnership between the council, schools, colleges, parents and carers and the marvellous work which they do to inspire and encourage our students to reach their full potential.
“We will continue to build on this year’s success to achieve the very best for our young people in the future.
“My warmest congratulations go to everyone involved and I wish the young people every happiness for the future.”
Individual school results are subject to validation and will be officially released by the Department for Education in the autumn.
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