‘All-time high’ reported at town schools

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ROTHERHAM students bucked the national fall in GCSE pass rates, schools have reported.

The town’s council said pass rates had risen to an ‘all time high’ for the 11th year in a row.

A total of 3,448 students took GCSEs in Rotherham this year and schools reported that 60.6 per cent achieved five A*-C grades including English and Maths - the benchmark of success.

That was a rise of 3.5 per cent on last year, said the council.

Among the biggest improvers were Oakwood, up 18 per cent on the magic pass rate, Wingfield, up 11.4 per cent, Brinsworth up 10.8 per cent, Winterhill up 10 per cent and Wath at a rise of 9.5 per cent.

Many students have also made exceptional individual performances.

Barnsley Council said early indications showed the percentage of students achieving five A* to C including English and mathematics has ‘improved’.

There was also an increase in the number of students achieving a pass level in mathematics.

The council said it would ‘aim for greater achievement’ next year and congratulated students on their results.