Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Schools Buck Trend with Their Best GCSEs Ever ; GCSE RESULTS... Delight as Pupils Make the Grade This Year Celebrations despite a Dip in Top Grades

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Schools Buck Trend with Their Best GCSEs Ever ; GCSE RESULTS... Delight as Pupils Make the Grade This Year Celebrations despite a Dip in Top Grades

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PUPILS in Greater Manchester have celebrated success in their GCSEs - despite a national dip in top grades.

Many schools in Greater Manchester reported their best results ever, bucking the national trend. The government believes all pupils should gain A* to C grades in at least five GCSEs, including English and maths. Nationally the number of students getting top grades fell for the first time in 24 years.

Teachers at Whalley Range High School said their results were the best ever with 66 per cent of pupils getting the five good grades. Headteacher Patsy Kane said: "Students have worked very hard but it has been worthwhile. The students have done fantastically well."

And St Matthew's High School in Moston also bucked the national trend with 60pc of pupils getting the five good grades, up by six points.

Headteacher Kevin Hogan said his teachers had been focused on improving English and maths.

He said: "As a school we're delighted that the recent national recognition we received for outstanding improvement has continued again this year, particularly in the light of the controversy over falling grades nationally."

At Manchester Academy in Moss Side, 49pc of candidates got the grades - up by one point.

And John Biddlestone, headteacher of Swinton High, where 62pc of pupils got the five required grades, said it had been a record year. He said: "We're delighted for our pupils who have worked so hard with our staff to achieve these recordbreaking results."

At The Barlow RC High in Didsbury 72pc of students met the government requirement, up from 69pc. Results were also improved at newly-created academies.

At Manchester Health Academy, which opened in 2009, results were up to 51pc - up from 41pc last year.

Across Manchester a total of 53.5pc achieved the five good grades, up from 51pc last year. In Salford, 52pc of pupils met government requirements, the same as last year.

The national GCSE pass rate had risen year-on-year since the qualification was introduced in 1988. Exam board figures show that 69pc of all exams were A* to C grades, down from 70pc previously.

And only 22pc of all grades were A* and A compared to 23pc before. …

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