This week’s league tables confirm that Nottinghamshire achieved higher than the national average for the first time.
Over 60 per cent of its students achieved five or more A* to C grades (including English and maths) in their GCSEs last summer according to the Department for Education.
Nottinghamshire County Council’s committee chairman for children and young people’s services Councillor Philip Owen said: “Whilst these results are exceptionally good and clearly show that we’ve closed the gap on national outcomes, we need to look forward now. I believe Nottinghamshire schools can achieve even greater things in the immediate future.
“If the rate of progress continues at this pace, over the next two years I’d like to see 70 per cent of our pupils achieving five or more A* to C grades.”
The Government’s main measure for achievement - five or more A* to C grades – was introduced six years ago.
The national average is 59.4 per cent, but the improvement for Notts sees it move up to 55th in the local authority league table from 79th place last year.
Schools in Bassetlaw, for example, have shown the biggest increase in GCSE results across the county with a 12.7 per cent jump in the number achieving five or more GCSEs at A* to C (including English and maths), followed by Broxtowe and Mansfield.
Today’s statistics also show that the percentage of students achieving two or more A-level passes is marginally ahead of the national average.
They also show a slight rise on last year in the percentage of pupils being awarded both A* to B and A* to E grades, but the county still falls short of the national average on these counts.
Commenting on the A level figures, Councillor Owen said: “We’re obviously encouraged by this year’s marginal improvement in A-level results and are moving in the right direction, but we still have a lot to do in order to improve our national standing. At some schools though, there have already been some big gains in the percentage of students achieving higher grades.”
Currently the county has nine maintained secondary schools and 36 secondary academies.