GCSE delight for Sheffield

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GCSE results for Sheffield are bucking the national trend by showing a marked improvement, the council said today.

According to the latest figures, results improved by 5.8% and more than 55% of students achieved five good passes at GCSE, including both English and mathematics. Nationally, there was a slight fall in the percentage of students achieving the benchmark.

Many local schools made double figure improvements including: Hinde House, Firth Park, Birley, Westfield, Parkwood Academy, Park Academy, Ecclesfield, Chaucer, Newfield and All Saints.

Sheffield schools have also leapt up the league tables for the highest grades at A-level of grades, said the authority.

Coun Jackie Drayton, cabinet member for children, young people and families, said: “These are excellent results and show that Sheffield is moving in the right direction. It’s a tribute to all the hard work by pupils, their parents and carers, and staff in our schools.”

The latest figures followed record improvements in primary school SATS results last summer, said Coun Drayton.