Jump in GCSE pupils pass rates

Elizabeth Garrett Anderson School students Urmi Kabir, (left) who received 6 A and 5 B grades and Talitha Lewis who received 3 A, 4 B and 4 C grades, celebrate receiving their GCSE results. The students were inspired to do well after meeting First Lady Michelle Obama at Elizabeth Garrett Anderson School in 2009. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday August 25, 2011. See PA story EDUCATION GCSE. Photo credit should read: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire
Elizabeth Garrett Anderson School students Urmi Kabir, (left) who received 6 A and 5 B grades and Talitha Lewis who received 3 A, 4 B and 4 C grades, celebrate receiving their GCSE results. The students were inspired to do well after meeting First Lady Michelle Obama at Elizabeth Garrett Anderson School in 2009. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday August 25, 2011. See PA story EDUCATION GCSE. Photo credit should read: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire
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ST Helens students are celebrating after scoring their best ever GCSE results.

Schools across the borough recorded significantly improved pass rates, with the percentage of pupils achieving five A* to C with English and maths jumping from 52.8 per cent in 2010 to 55.2 per cent this year.

And an incredible 82.8 per cent of pupils achieved five A* to C compared to last years figure of 80.7 per cent.

Councillor Eric Smith, cabinet member for Children and Young People’s Services, added: “What a great day for St Helens. This is further evidence that the investments being made in our schools are resulting in higher standards and improved life opportunities for our children.”

Bob Hepworth, acting director of Children and Young People’s Services, added: “This is a fantastic set of results.

“I would like to congratulate pupils across the borough for their achievements. I would also like to thank teachers and parents for the support they have provided.”