Thurrock ‘most improved’ GCSEs

THURROCK is one of the top three “most improved” areas for GCSE passes in England.

The Department for Education said on Wednesday (12 January): “Southwark, Thurrock and Westminster are the most improved local authorities in terms of percentage of pupils achieving five GCSE (or GCSE or equivalent) passes at A* to C including English and mathematics from 2007 to 2010.”

Cllr Diana Hale, the portfolio holder for education, highlighted the success at Wednesday evening’s council cabinet meeting.

And speaking afterwards, she said: “These latest results show Thurrock is in the top third of the 150 education authorities in England.

“Nearly 57 per cent of students recorded five or more A* to C passes, including maths and English, with an average points score per pupil at GCSE or equivalent level of 501.1.

“I want to congratulate every student, every teacher and every parent — well done!

“Too often people talk down the young people of our borough, but these results show that we should be proud of them and shout about their successes.”

Cllr Hale added: “This news comes just days after another of our schools — William Edwards — achieved an ‘outstanding’ report from Ofsted, so special congratulations go to them.”

She said: “The education and aspiration of our young people — of all ages — is our top priority and the foundation for the future success of our borough.

“These results once again highlight the progress we are making and are determined to continue making at all levels of the education system.”

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