Tuesday, 15 September 2009

Leicester city youth shine in GCSE's

By Sunil Patel.

Education chiefs have hailed the achievement of the city’s youngsters after a fourth successive rise in year on year GCSE results.

44 percent of Leicester pupils excelled by achieving five or more GSCEs – Grades A* to C – including English and Maths, a rise of four per cent on the previous year.

A further boost to the overall figure is expected when the results of other qualifications equivalent to GCSE’s are published within the next few weeks.
The number of students achieving five A* to C grade GCSEs including English and Maths currently stands at around 1,548.

Councillor Vi Dempster, Leicester City Council’s cabinet member for education hopes the improvement can be sustained into the future, she said; “The target set by Government was extremely challenging.

“But despite this fact, these excellent results reflect the enormous amount of hard work that has taken place by the students, their teachers, school governors and the council officers.

She added: “We are not complacent and recognise that there remain pockets of significant challenge, but are confident that we have the right strategies in place.”

An early identification scheme which assesses the needs of individual pupils is
just one of the recent improvements made to the school system by Leicester City Council.

This measure has been carried out in partnership with schools, parents and the wider community to support every child perform to their potential in their final exams.

Rachel Dickinson, Leicester City Council’s strategic director for children, said: “Every year for the past four years, the results for five A* to C grades, including Mathematics and English, have improved dramatically and I congratulate all the students and their teachers on this year’s results as they clearly demonstrate all their hard work.

“Most importantly, with the further results from GCSE equivalent courses, more and more students are leaving school with good qualifications enabling them to enter further education and training.”

The pupils from Rushed Mead Secondary School helped the school achieve its best ever set of results by achieving 83 per cent five or more A* - C GCSE grades.

Head teacher Carolyn Robson said: “All subjects shared excellent pass rates but with particularly impressive results in English, ICT, RE, Maths, Science, History and French.

“We are very proud of them. Boys and girls both achieved well.”

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