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Thursday, 24 January 2013

County in a class of its own for education results

North Yorkshire's schools and colleges have risen to the top of the national performance rankings, according to new figures published today.

The county now is among the top ten per cent of local authorities nationally for GCSE results, with schools improving at a much faster rate than the national average. And City of York's schools have also been celebrating a strong performance.

At GCSE, North Yorkshire is first in the Yorkshire and Humberside area and ranks 13th out of 150 authorities nationally for its schools’ GCSE five A*-C results including English and maths – with more than 65 per cent of pupils reaching that level, well above the national rate of 59.4 per cent.

The number of young people who achieved a C or above in maths increased significantly, by nearly six per cent to over 76 per cent.

Across the county, the proportion of pupils achieving at least five GCSEs at A*-C, or equivalent qualifications, in any subjects rose to over 85 per cent — well above the national figure of 81.8 per cent.

North Yorkshire also ranks first in the Yorkshire and Humber region and 20th nationally for achievement in the English Baccalaureate, awarded to pupils who achieve at least a C grade in five specific GCSE subjects - English, maths, a humanity, a language and two sciences. Once again, the county has moved up the performance table. Over 22 per cent of pupils across the county gained the English Baccalaureate compared to 18.3 per cent nationally.

For post-16 students, the county ranks 15th out of 150 authorities for points per A-level entry and 17th in the country for the percentage of students gaining three A*-A grades at A-level.

Nearly 88 per cent of North Yorkshire students gained at least three A levels or equivalent.

County councillor Arthur Barker, North Yorkshire’s executive member for schools, said: “This is a really stunning set of results. The figures show today that the county’s schools prepare our young people very well for their next steps into training or further and higher education. This means they are able to access the full range of choices, including access to the top universities.

“These results once again show North Yorkshire’s commitment to ensuring that all students can meet their full potential and that strong partnerships between schools and between schools and the local authority have led to even higher standards.”

City of York Council's children’s services leaders welcomed the figures which showed the city schools were continuing to excel. A total of 88 per cent of young people in York achieved five or more A* to C grades, an improvement of four percentage points from last year.

The percentage of pupils gaining five or more A*–C grades, including English and maths GCSE, is 63 per cent which is also an improvement of one percentage point from 2011.