Education chiefs praise schools’ GCSE results

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EDUCATION bosses in Wigan have spoken of their delight following news of the borough’s exam results.

Pupils in the borough are achieving record exam results, according to the latest report from the Department for Education.

Staff in the education department at Wigan Metro say they are very pleased that more students are achieving five or more GCSEs at A* - C (including English and Maths) than ever before.

This year’s Key Stage 4 figures show that 64 per cent of GCSE students in Wigan Borough are meeting this nationally recognised benchmark, compared to 57 per cent last year.

This represents a seven per cent improvement in Wigan Borough compares favourably to the national figure of 59% which has remained unchanged compared to the previous year.

This latest rise in numbers of pupils achieving higher grades in their GCSEs reflects a consistent trend over the previous decade; in 2002, 39 per cent of GCSE pupils were meeting this benchmark.

The results have brought about praise from councillors in the borough.

Coun Susan Loudon, Wigan Council’s portfolio holder for children and young people, said: “I’m thrilled at the news of this latest increase in the number of young people in our borough achieving higher grades at GCSE level.

“This is not entirely unexpected given the trend over the past decade which shows a marked and sustained improvement in educational achievement in our borough.

“The success of our young people is testament to the way in which the council, schools, governors, parents and teachers are working together to achieve this shared goal.”