Thursday, 15 January 2009


The official secondary performance tables were published today...

Cllr Andrew Carter and Cllr Richard Brett today congratulated Leeds schools for achieving another year of record GCSE results.
The percentage of our young people gaining 5 or more good grades at GCSE including English and maths has outstripped the national rate of improvement increasing by over 4 percentage points over last year from 42.4% to 46.4% and closing the gap with the national figure of 47.6%. The figures also reveal that 62.4% of Leeds students achieved 5 or more good GCSE passes in 2008, an increase of over 5 percentage points over last year and closing the gap with the national figure of 65.3%. I am delighted that results in the city are rising year on year with dramatic improvements in central areas, and overall our results have improved by over 50% since 2001. Many more of our young people are now achieving brilliant results due to the learning opportunities available to them in some truly amazing schools. Much of this improvement is due to the hard work of the young people themselves, the dedication of their teachers and the support of parents and carers, but our targeted and focused investment in governance, leadership, coaching, teaching and learning and world class learning environments has also had a major impact on raising educational standards across the city.

We all know that there is much more work to do but everyone in the education team here in Leeds should be deeply proud of these fantastic results. However, we must never be complacent and we must continue our relentless focus on achieving further improvements and ensuring that every young person is happy, healthy, safe and increasingly successful... whatever it takes.

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