York students' best-ever GCSE results
9:32am 26th January 2012
City of York Council's Children's Services leaders have welcomed government figures out today, which show that York schools are continuing to excel at Key Stage 4.
The Key Stage 4 Achievement and Attainment tables show that many York schools achieved their best-ever results and are well above national averages.
The tables show that in the academic year 2010/11, 84 per cent of young people in York achieved five or more A* to C grades, an improvement of three percentage points from last year. The percentage of pupils gaining five or more A*-C grades, including English and Maths GCSE, is 62 per cent, which is also an improvement of three percentage points from 2010.
Last year saw the introduction of the English Baccalaureate award, recognising pupils who achieve good GCSE grades in English, maths, two sciences, an ancient or modern language, and geography or history. In 2010/11, 19 per cent of York pupils achieved this award, sustaining the excellent performance from 2010 that was significantly higher than the national average.
Post-16 Achievement and Attainment tables have also been released today and the results show that York is making continuous and sustained improvement and performing very well in relation to national averages. The York result for the indicator - 'percentage of candidates achieving three or more passes of A Level equivalent size' is 87 per cent, an improvement of three percentage point from 2010, which was itself well above the national average.
Janet Looker, Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Education at City of York Council, said:
"To see so many schools improving further on last year's excellent performance is a real testimony to the hard work and dedication of teachers and students across the city.
"The highest ever number of York students will leave school well positioned to realize their future ambitions, whether entering the workforce or going on to higher education."
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