Outcomes for children across Cheshire West and Chester continue to improve as pupils celebrated their GCSE examination results.

Following increases in recent years, schools – including academies – have contributed to a further rise in standards this year.

More than 3,700 Year 11 pupils across 19 secondary schools and academies took GCSE examinations this year and while results remain provisional, 84% of pupils have gained five or more GCSEs at grade C or above.

This is against a picture where early indications suggest a fall in national performance at grade C or above.

The percentage of students gaining five or more GCSEs at grade C and above including English and mathematics, increased by 4 percentage points to 64%.

Cllr Mark Stocks, executive member for children and families, said: “Once again I would like to congratulate our children and young people on these excellent results and thank teachers, support staff, governors and parents who have helped them to achieve these outcomes.

“The continued improvement in results is a real cause for celebration and shows Cheshire West and Chester is a great place to learn and achieve.”

Gerald Meehan, strategic director for children and young people’s services, said: “Well done to all of our students; we are immensely proud of their achievements.

“Thanks, too, to all those working in and with our schools that have contributed to these achievements - our children and schools continue to achieve such high standards as a result of their skills and dedication.”