Hull and East Riding GCSE league tables released
GCSE performance tables have been released showing how well pupils in Hull and the East Riding are performing.
The results show Hull is five places from the bottom of the national league table with 47.8 per cent of pupils gaining the Government benchmark of five A*-C grades including English and maths. It is a 0.6 per cent improvement from provisional results released by the Government in October.
The authority has risen one place in the table from last year.
East Riding pupils fared better, with 57.4 per cent of pupils hitting the target, making the authority the 96th best performing in the country. It is a two per cent increase from the previous year.
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The authority has also climbed 17 places up the table after an alarming slide last year saw it drop to 113th.
Officials in Hull say fewer than 50 per cent of pupils scoring the benchmark is not good enough. Work will now be done with schools judged to be under-performing to make sure they improve results for this summer.
John Readman, director of education for Hull, said: "Our rate of improvement is higher than the national average, but having less than 50 per cent getting the five A*-C grades without English and maths is not good enough."
He pointed to the fact the number of children walking away with five good GCSEs was now higher than the national average at 86.6 per cent in Hull.
It is also higher than in the East Riding.
He said: "We have high aspirations and want to build on all our improvement and achieve even higher and continue our fast rate of improvement."
Education leaders in Hull had hoped to go through the 50 per cent barrier this year, but a number of schools were badly affected by a grade boundary change in the English paper.
A row broke out in August after it emerged papers taken in June were graded more harshly than those in January.
Despite an improvement of two percentage points from last year, the East Riding was below the national average of 59.4 per cent of pupils gaining the benchmark of five A*-C grades including English and maths.
Alison Michalska, director of children, family and adult services at East Riding Council, said: "We are really pleased that the GCSE 'gold standard' results in the East Riding are back on track and that the underlying attainment measures in secondary schools and academies are significantly above average.
"The majority of schools made really significant improvements this year and we are well on the way towards even better results this year.
"We are proud of what East Riding students have achieved this year with the help of their families, carers and hard-working staff in schools."
• See tomorrow's Mail for a school-by-school breakdown of GCSE results.