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Suffolk schools starting to move up the national table

Thursday, 17th October 2013.

Latest figures released by the Department for Education show that Suffolk is climbing up the GCSE league tables and is closing the gap with the national average.

Provisional data released by the DfE sees the percentage of Suffolk pupils achieving five A*-C grades, including English and maths, increasing to 54.4 per cent, compared to last years figure of 50.5 per cent.

The improvements made by the county can also be seen in its ranking amongst other local authorities throughout England. Suffolk is now 135th out of 151 local authorities, climbing seven places from last year’s position of 142nd.

Suffolk’s maths scores are particularly strong, climbing 28 places, with the percentage of pupils making the expected progress in the subject having risen by four per cent to 68 per cent, moving Suffolk’s ranking in the maths league table up from 128th to 101st.

Although Suffolk is still behind the national average in regards to the percentage of pupils achieving five A*-C grades, including English and maths, the gap has been narrowed reflecting how Suffolk is making good progress on its drive to raise educational standards.

Suffolk is now approximately five per cent behind the national average, last year it was nine per cent behind.

Overall these figures show that educational attainment in Suffolk is moving in the right direction but there is still more work to be done to see Suffolk performing above the national average, the county council says.

Cllr Lisa Chambers, Suffolk County Council’s cabinet member for education, skills and young people, said: “I am thrilled to see Suffolk making this level of progress.

"It’s a real reflection of the hard work and dedication of all those individuals in Suffolk who have been relentlessly working to improve education standards in the county.

“I do however recognise that there is still work to be done to get Suffolk further up the league tables and performing above the national average. It’s what our young people deserve from their education and it’s what we are determined to achieve.

“We always knew this wasn’t going to be a quick overnight fix, the Raising The Bar programme is a long-term investment from partners across the county to see educational attainment improve. I am pleased that we have made such a positive start on our journey towards excellence.”

The county councils full response to the Raising The Bar report ‘No School An Island’ was agreed by its cabinet earlier this month.

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