GCSE grade improvements

NOTTINGHAMSHIRE County Council has welcomed the GCSE exam results published this week – saying they show that pupils across the county are closing the gap with the national average.

The figures show that the county is improving faster than the national rate, but the authority has admitted it still has a lot of work to do.

Cllr Philip Owen, cabinet member for Children and Young People’s Services, said: “We are pleased to see the improvement, but recognise that there is still much to do to match the achievement of the highest performing authorities.

“We are committed to making sure that all our pupils can fulfil their potential.”

Across Nottinghamshire, 51.4 per cent of pupils achieved five or more GCSEs or equivalent qualifications at A* to C including English and maths, compared to a national average of 53.4 per cent. This represents an increase of 4.2 percentage points from last year.

Pupils across the county beat the national average with 78.1 per cent of pupils achieving any five GCSEs at A* to C, compared to a national average of 75.4 per cent and 94.6 per cent of students passing five or more GCSEs at A* to G, compared to a national average of 92.8 per cent.

For a more in-depth look at how our local schools have performed, see next week’s Advertiser.