|GCSE results - another good year for Wigan Borough
Thousands of young people across Wigan Borough are celebrating after receiving their GCSE results today.
Almost 4,000 pupils from the borough’s 18 secondary schools found out their grades after a nail-biting wait since taking their exams at the start of the summer.
Results across the borough remain high with 63.2 per cent of pupils achieving five or more GCSEs at A* to C grades, including English and Maths.
Cllr Susan Loudon, cabinet member for children and young people, said: “Once again we can be proud of the achievements of the young people in Wigan Borough, who have worked hard to get such good results across a range of subjects. No doubt many parents will be celebrating too and we should acknowledge how vital their support is to their child’s success. The good relationship between home, schools and Wigan Council really does underpin the outcomes we’re seeing.
“Congratulations also need to be given to school staff. Their hard work and commitment to supporting the pupils’ educational development, and the quality of their teaching, is reflected in our OFSTED rankings. I’m delighted that in Wigan Borough, 14 of our secondary schools are currently rated as 'good' or 'outstanding'. That accounts for 78 per cent of our schools, which is higher than the national average of 73 per cent.”
Anne Goldsmith, Wigan Council director for children, young people and families, said: “We are thrilled with the success achieved and want to congratulate all pupils, their families and their schools. Wigan Borough has a nationally recognised model of school improvement which enables schools to support each other's improvement in collaboration with the council - these results demonstrate the success of this partnership.”
The latest statistics from the Department of Education show that around 87 per cent of youngsters continued in education after their GCSEs. Of these around 42 per cent went in to further education, 40 per cent attended sixth form at a school or college to study (including apprenticeships), and around six per cent went on to another further education provider.