More than half of pupils get five A* to C grades

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Nearly 55 per cent of St Helens pupils achieved five A* to C including English and maths GCSE passes.

This year’s results were achieved in a GCSE year that saw changes in the structure of examinations, leading to the exams regulator indicating that there was likely to be a higher degree of variability in results.

Coun Sue Murphy, cabinet member for schools and lifelong learning, said: “Last year the proportion of St Helens students gaining five GCSEs (including English and maths) was 55 per cent, and in a year of change St Helens schools have delivered broadly the same proportion (54.7 per cent).

“However, more needs to be done to improve our performance in future years, although we have seen one or two impressive outcomes at school level.

“I would particularly wish to congratulate the students and staff at St Augustine of Canterbury, where the proportion of students gaining five GCSEs rose from 43 per cent to 58 per cent.

“The picture at Key Stage 4 must also be coupled with our SATs results at the end of the primary stage, where the proportion of pupils reaching level 4 in English and maths rose from 80 per cent in 2013 to 84 per cent this year, reflecting great work by our pupils, staff and school leaders at primary level.”