Herefordshire schools are celebrating the announcement that they are one of only six local authority areas to improve its GCSE results in 2014.
The Department for Education (DfE) has released provisional data on the performance of schools by local authority area at GCSE Key Stage 4, which shows that out of over 150 areas; Herefordshire is one of only six to have improved its GCSE results compared with 2013.
The provisional results show that overall performance by Herefordshire students in 2014 has improved by just under two percentage points from 2013. This year, 57.7 per cent of students achieved 5+ A* - C GCSEs including English and mathematics compared with 56.1 per cent in 2013.
Nationally, performance has fallen from 60.8 per cent in 2013 to 52.6 per cent in 2014 with most of Herefordshire’s neighbouring authorities and similar counties showing a fall of over five percentage points.
Jo Davidson, Herefordshire Council’s director for children’s wellbeing, said: “We are delighted with the county’s improvement in GCSE performance, which sees Herefordshire move from the bottom 25 per cent of local authorities in 2013 to just outside the top 25 percent in 2014.
“This reflects the considerable hard work the county’s secondary schools and students have undertaken in the last year to address GCSE performance. It also clearly demonstrates how well our schools have adapted to changes to various subjects introduced by the Department for Education, which have counted towards the provisional results.
Councillor Jeremy Millar, Cabinet member for young people and children’s wellbeing, added: “This is well deserved recognition for our schools and students and I congratulate them all on their success. We will continue to work in partnership to ensure they can build on this success with future year groups and that celebrating improvement becomes an annual event.”