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Saturday, 15 January 2011

GCSE results push Cheshire East up the league


Record-breaking GCSE results mean that Cheshire East continues to strengthen its position in performance league tables, which have just been published.

The tables compare local authorities both regionally and nationally.

When looking at the amount of students achieving five or more A*-C grades, including English and maths, Cheshire East has moved from fourth to second amongst its statistical neighbours – those authorities with a similar profile in terms of demographics, size and areas of deprivation, for example.

National tables look at all 151 local authorities, here Cheshire East has improved from 26th to 15th.

The most recent data shows that 62.5 per cent of students in Cheshire East achieved five or more A*-C grades, including English and Maths. This is an increase of 5.2 per cent on the previous year’s results.

In terms of A*-C grades, final figures show a record 80.1 per cent of students achieved five or more GCSEs, compared with 73 per cent last year. This is a seven per cent increase and sees the authority move up to third, when comparing with our statistical neighbours.

The English Baccalaureate, the Government’s new GCSE performance measure, has also been applied to this year’s results. This measure requires learners to achieve a good grade in English, maths, two sciences, a modern or ancient language as well as history or geography.

Cheshire East results show that 19.2% of learners would have achieved this new qualification which compares positively to the national average of 15.1%.

Councillor Hilda Gaddum, Cabinet member with responsibility for children and families, said: “The GCSE results achieved by our students last year were a splendid achievement. It is a testament to their hard work and the efforts of all the school staff that helped them prepare.

“Our strong showing in these performance tables indicate that we are doing things correctly, and giving our students the best possible preparation for entering further education, or the world of work.”

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