Best-ever GCSE results in Derby
GCSE records have been smashed today as Derby's pupils
scored the city's best-ever results.
exam joy: Lees Brook pupil Harley Smith, right, with Kate Aldridge
The number of pupils in the city gaining five or more A* to
C grades has risen to 63.4% this year, up from 54.5%in 2007. It
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is largely due to several secondary schools breaking their own
Nationally, the figure rose by just 2.4%, to 65.7%.
The Derby schools breaking their own records include Lees
Brook Community Sports College, Woodlands Community School,
Derby Moor Community School, da Vinci Community College, West
Park Community School, Bemrose Community School and Murray Park
Littleover Community School remained the top school in the
city with 86% – the same pass rate as in 2007 – narrowly
pipping Landau Forte College with 85%.
There was also a massive increase in the city in the number
of pupils whose five or more A* to C grades included English
and maths, up from 40% to 49.5%.
This is roughly the same as the national average which is
expected to rise by about one percentage point to just under
50% when the final figure is released.
Councillor Les Allen, Derby City Council's cabinet member
for children and young people, said: "This year's improvements
in GCSE results across the city are exceptional. We have
witnessed steady improvements over recent years, but this year
the results demonstrate how schools in Derby are moving from
strength to strength."