Exam results in Kirklees have again topped the national average.
Locally, 56 per cent of our students achieved at least five A* to C grades, including English and maths, in their GCSEs.
Our area’s achievements were almost three per cent above the national average and were also higher than the regional figures for Yorkshire and Humber.
The data was released by the Department for Education following their annual exercise to check all results nationally.
A year-on-year trend of achievement for local students continued at both GCSE and A-Level, with schools and colleges in Kirklees gaining A-Level outcomes that were one per cent above the national average.
Cllr Shabir Pandor, our Cabinet member for Schools and Learning, said:
We have high-quality schools and colleges across Kirklees and they continue to give superb support to young people.
The students themselves deserve great credit for their hard work and talent. These results are also due to supportive families and the vital contribution of the local authority as an educational leader.
There are many challenges ahead for schools and local authorities. With the government cutting council budgets and changing the exam framework, it will not be easy to maintain the current levels of achievement and support.
But our shared aim is for young people be rounded, resilient and ready when they move on to the next stage in their lives, whether that be staying in education or moving into work, training or apprenticeships.
We aim to help every student fulfil their potential and we will never be complacent – we will continue striving for the best possible outcomes.”