CHESHIRE pupils reached new high levels of achievement in GCSE results this week.
With a small number of schools still to register their results, provisional figures showed a record 62.7% had achieved five or more A*-C grades.
This compares to 61% last year and 60.8% the year before - and again exceeds the national average.
Cheshire County Council's David Rowlands said: 'While each year it becomes harder to improve on previous high levels of achievement, I am delighted to say Cheshire not only appears to have maintained the momentum, but looks set to register results which once again exceed the national average.
'This is the result of some very hard work and good teaching - which should not be denigrated by suggestions that exams are getting easier.
'And while we are delighted to achieve these results, we will continue to do everything to help those schools which perhaps have not performed as well to improve in future.
'We in Cheshire are proud of all our pupils, and send them our warmest congratulations and best wishes for the future.'