Much improved GCSE results for Northumberland schools

Students across Northumberland have received their GCSE results today and the figures show that the county average has risen significantly.
 
Cllr Robert Arckless, cabinet member for children’s services at Northumberland County Council, said: "I would like to congratulate GCSE students in Northumberland for the results they have achieved this year.
 
“It is difficult to make too many comparisons due to the changes which have taken place nationally within the education qualification system, but there is no doubt that overall the number of students achieving good grades has improved very significantly.
 
"Across our 16 schools and academies there has been on average a 4% increase compared to last year in the proportion of young people achieving five or more A* to C grades, including English and Maths.  This is a testament to the hard work of pupils and their teachers.”
 
Based on provisional results, on average schools in Northumberland achieved 57% per cent 5A* to C grades, including English and Maths, which is a significant improvement on last year’s 53% figure. 
 
Cllr Arckless added: “The improvements in many of our schools and academies are even better than this, and the figures also show that our young people can achieve extremely well when compared with students in other parts of the country.
 
“It is pleasing that this trend of improvement has started, however I still believe that some of our schools and academies can perform better.  We will continue to challenge and support school leaders so that they can support students and help them to achieve the very highest standards.”
 
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