It’s an all-time high for Rotherham

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Students in Rotherham bucked national trends to push the town’s pass rates up to a new all-time high – for the 12th year in a row.

The most improved schools included Thrybergh – where results improved by more than 17 per cent – and Dinnington Comprehensive, up by 16 per cent.

At Saint Pius School at Wath-on-Dearne scores were up by 11 per cent on 2012, while at Wales Academy students pushed up pass rates by 12 per cent.

Wath School reported a pass rate nearly seven per cent up on the previous year, while at Wickersley there was an 8.5 per cent improvement.

A total of 3,420 students took GCSEs this year and 64.6 per cent achieved five A*-C grades including English and maths, up four per cent on last year.

That will put the town comfortably ahead of the national average, which is unlikely to improve on last year’s 58.8 per cent and with a slight fall being predicted.

Meanwhile, in Rotherham 86.4 per cent of students achieved passes at five A*-C overall, up 2.2 per cent.

Coun Paul Lakin, Cabinet member for children and young people, said: “By any standard there are some excellent results once again.

“Students have worked hard with their schools and families and there are some remarkable achievements.”