EVERY high school in Cheshire has achieved 30% or above results in A to C grades in five or more GCSEs – a year ahead of the Government’s target.
In the examinations 63.4% of students achieved five or more A to C grades. This figure is 1.5% higher than last year and 1.4% above the national figure.
The DCSF also published figures on the numbers of students attaining five or more GCSE results at A to C grades including English and maths.
A total of 51.5% of Cheshire students achieved those results – almost 5% higher than the national average of 46.7%. It is also up from last year’s Cheshire figure of 50.5.
GCSE results continue to improve at the other end of the attainment scale with a decrease from 2.4% to 1.7% for students with no passes.
In their A-level examinations Cheshire students averaged 747.8 points per pupil in a new scoring system which is an increase of 15 points on the previous year.
Absence figures also published yesterday show Cheshire’s absence rate at 7.2% is below the national rate of 7.8%.
Lead member for children’s services county councillor David Rowlands said: “I would like to congratulate students for attaining results which are above the national figure and this reflects on the hard work of teachers and parents.
“Our results remain among the best in the country.”
Among the Cheshire schools celebrating is Frodsham College, which has been ranked joint second most improved school in the country.
Results for the specialist science and technology college have improved year on year since 2004 but county council bosses insist the school will still be closed in August 2009.
Frodsham headteacher Anna Cooper said: “We have a real focus on achievement and all our children achieve at their best level.”
Neighbouring Helsby High School has been ranked as the top state school in Cheshire.