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Record exam results for borough pupils
Wednesday 23rd January, 2013

Pupils in Wigan Borough are achieving record exam results, according to the latest report from the Department for Education.

Education chiefs in Wigan Council are delighted to announce that more students are achieving five or more GCSEs at A* - C (including English and Maths) than ever before.

This year’s Key Stage 4 figures show that 64% of GCSE students in Wigan Borough are meeting this nationally recognised benchmark, compared to 57% last year .

This 7% improvement in Wigan Borough comes at a time when the national figure of 59% has remained unchanged compared to the previous year.

Not only does this make Wigan Borough the fourth most improved local authority in the country, it also reflects the Borough’s status as the ‘most improved’ local authority across Greater Manchester, as well.

This latest rise in numbers of pupils achieving higher grades in their GCSEs reflects a consistent trend over the previous decade; in 2002, 39% of GCSE pupils were meeting this benchmark.

Cllr Susan Loudon, Wigan Council's portfolio holder for children and young people, says:

“I’m thrilled at the news of this latest increase in the number of young people in our borough achieving higher grades at GCSE level.

“This is not entirely unexpected given the trend over the past decade which shows a marked and sustained improvement in educational achievement in our borough.

“The success of our young people is testament to the way in which the council, schools, governors, parents and teachers are working together to achieve this shared goal.”

To view the results, go to www.education.gov.uk/schools/performance/index.html
(2012 results will be published on 24.01.13)

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