North Yorkshire stays ahead at GCSE and A-level

19 October 2016

North Yorkshire is once again one of the top local education authorities nationally for school achievement at A-level and GCSE.

Provisional figures published this week by the Department for Education show that the county is in the top 25 per cent of authorities whose schools have performed strongly across a range of attainment measures.

Results for post-16 students in North Yorkshire are again strong. More than one quarter of A level students attained the highest grades (AAB or better) which places North Yorkshire in the top 10 per cent of authorities for this measure.

Up to 67 per cent of pupils gained grades A*-C in both GCSE English and maths which is four per cent above the national average of 63 per cent.  The percentage of North Yorkshire pupils attaining  A*-C in mathematics is more than five per cent above the national average.

Nearly one third of students (29 per cent) attained the EBacc, –  a combined suite of English, mathematics, sciences, language and humanities –  which is four per cent above the national average.

North Yorkshire also scored above average in the new Attainment 8 measure – which includes GCSE scores from across the curriculum, including English and maths – and in the progress pupils make at GCSE under the new Progress 8 measure.


County Councillor Arthur Barker, North Yorkshire’s Executive Member for Schools said:

These very good results are a testament to the hard work and commitment of our young people and their teachers.  This success reflects the very strong teaching in North Yorkshire schools, the partnership between schools, teaching school alliances and the local authority as well as the strong partnership with parents and families.

These results reflect North Yorkshire’s determination that all students can meet their full potential and that our schools continue to offer excellence and a broad, balanced and appropriate curriculum.

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