Somerset success in school league tables

Somerset’s young people have fared well in Government rankings which compare GCSE results from 5,000 schools across the country.

New measures introduced by the Department for Education (DfE) show that Somerset’s schools demonstrate strong performance in a number of areas.

Somerset scored the highest in the South West and in the top third nationally for the ‘Progress 8’ measure, which measures progress that students make from the end of primary school to the end of secondary school.

The ‘Attainment 8’ measure, which measures the achievement of students across 8 subjects (including English and Maths), showed that Somerset is performing above the national average.

Cllr Frances Nicholson, Somerset County Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Families, congratulated Somerset students on their successes and said: “Your hard work has been rewarded and I wish you every success in the future.

“I would also like to thank all teachers, school leaders and everyone who has supported and encouraged our young people throughout their school careers.”

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Somerset’s Progress 8 score was the highest in the South West (joint with Cornwall) and places the county in the top third of Local Authorities nationally.

 Somerset’s Attainment 8 score (50.2) was above the national figure (48.5) and in line with the South West.