Pass rates up in secondary schools, new figures reveal

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Final calculations have revealed GCSE results in Derbyshire have improved – bucking national trends.

More than 58 per cent of students achieved five or more GCSE passes at grades A* to C including English and maths, up 1.2 per cent on last year.

Nationally, the proportion of higher grades in English, maths and science has gone down, although the overall pass rate has yet to be revealed.

More than 8,300 students took exams in Derbyshire at 46 secondary schools.

There was a 4.2 per cent increase in students achieving the new English Baccalaureate benchmark – a higher grade in English, mathematics, science, a humanities subjects and a language.

Coun Kevin Gillott, council cabinet member for children and young people said: “Many Derbyshire schools have shown improved performance and there have been many outstanding results.”