Cheshire East secondary schools have chalked up yet more achievements in national league tables.
Latest Key Stage 4 performance tables show that 61.5 per cent of Cheshire East Year 11 pupils achieved the national benchmark of five or more A*-C grades, including English and maths, at GCSE.
This is well above the national average figure of 56.8 per cent.
The latest news follows Cheshire East schools recently being rated the third best in England, according to a ranking based on performance in Ofsted inspections.
Cheshire East’s Key Stage 4 figure places it top (1st) in the group of 11 comparable local authorities, with a similar socio-economic make-up, and ranks the authority in the top 25 (at number 25) out of a total of 150 local education authorities.
For rates of progress in core subjects, our performance was again very strong with nearly three-quarters of all learners achieving expected progress in English (74.3 per cent) and 67 per cent in maths*.
The local authority has significantly improved its rankings this year against all other authorities for these two measures, which reflects the intensive work within all schools to maximise achievement by all learners.
Councillor Rachel Bailey, Cheshire East’s Cabinet member for safeguarding children and adults, said: “To have 61.5 per cent of our pupils achieving five GCSEs at grade A* to C and to see further notable improvements in progress in maths and English are fantastic achievements.
“This is yet more good news following the recent report that rated Cheshire East as the third best area in the country for schools and further proof of the great work being done here.
“These figures reflect the efforts that have been made in our schools to deliver high standards of teaching to help pupils achieve their potential.
“I would like to thank the schools, teachers, governors, council officers and, of course, our pupils, for all their hard work.
“The performance of our schools and pupils is further evidence that this Council is putting residents first and creating greater opportunities for our young people to lead rewarding lives.”
In English, Cheshire East shot up the national rankings from being placed 104 last year to 63rd this year – and from ninth to second place among our 11 comparator authorities.
In maths, Cheshire East rose to 71st nationally (84th last year) and to seventh (ninth) among our comparators.
Cheshire East’s schools are the third best in England, according to a ranking based on performance in Ofsted inspections.
Out of 141 primary and secondary schools in the borough which have been inspected under the education watchdog’s 2012 framework, 93.6 per cent were rated good or outstanding.
The only local authorities ranked higher in the whole of England were the City of London, where Ofsted inspected just one school, and the London Borough of Wandsworth, where 65 schools were rated.