Somerset students and teachers have made the County the fourth most improved local education authority for GCSEs this year, according to provisional figures.
Figures from the Department for Education show the proportion of students in Somerset awarded five or more GCSEs including Maths and English, at grades A*-C for 2015 was 58 per cent. This is a 4 per cent increase compared to the national improvement of 0.2 per cent, and great news for all those working to improve educational outcomes for young people in Somerset.
Cllr Frances Nicholson, Cabinet Member for Children and Families said: “I would like to congratulate all those students for their GCSE results which are great reward for the effort and hard work they have put into their studies.
“I would also like to congratulate school leaders, teachers and staff who have educated and guided these young people through their successful studies. Young people’s education and careers are an extremely important priority for the Council and it is pleasing to see efforts being rewarded.”
”I urge any students who have not received the grades they had hoped for not to be too cast down but to work with schools, colleges and employers to consider a different option which will allow them to achieve their potential.”
In addition to each individual school in Somerset working on their own plans to raise GCSE achievement levels, 38 schools within the county have been working collaboratively to provide challenge and support through the Somerset Challenge.
This programme was set up in 2013 with the aim to significantly raise the standards of achievement for young people in Somerset. This is a schools led initiative, working in partnership with Local Authority which actively promotes collaborative and partnership working between schools in Somerset and also other national bodies such as the London Leadership Strategy.