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GCSE results just keep getting better

PUBLISHED: 15:23 20 January 2010 | UPDATED: 10:03 12 August 2010

HUNDREDS more teenagers are gaining five GCSEs than this time last year, new figures show.  The number of pupils across Bexley and Bromley boroughs passing five A* to C grades has risen for the third and fourth consecutive year, respectively, it was annou

HUNDREDS more teenagers are gaining five GCSEs than this time last year, new figures show.

The number of pupils across Bexley and Bromley boroughs passing five A* to C grades has risen for the third and fourth consecutive year, respectively, it was announced last Wednesday.

Figures from the School Achievement and Attainment Tables, published by the Department for Children, Schools and Families, reveal that in Bexley the number of children reaching this target increased from 49.7 per cent in 2007 to 57.3 per cent in 2009.

In Bromley, the number of pupils achieving five A* to C grades rose from 54.2 per cent in 2006 to 62.6 per cent in 2009.

Beths Grammar School, in Hartford Road, Bexley, is now the top performing boys' school in the country. It is the only school in the borough where 100 per cent of students gained a minimum of five GCSEs, including English and maths.

A spokesperson for the school said: "Headteacher James Skinner is exceptionally pleased with this year's results and is delighted that students have been so successful.

"He has congratulated students for their efforts and hard work throughout the years, which enabled them to reach their target grades. He now looks forward to them achieving further success at A-level in the sixth form."

In Bromley, Newstead Wood School for Girls, in Avebury Road, and St Olave's and St Saviour's Grammar School, in Goddington Lane, both in Orpington, had 100 per cent of students achieving five GCSEs, including English and maths.

Liz Allen, head of Newstead Wood, said: "We are absolutely delighted with the GCSE results this year. They are a testimony to the enthusiasm and commitment of our students and the dedication of their subject tutors."

The average number of pupils achieving five GCSEs, including English and maths, in Bexley was 57.3 per cent. In Bromley, this was 62.6 per cent.

Nationwide, the statistics were positive, with 600,000 more students leaving school with five good GCSEs in 2009 than in 2008.

London is now officially the country's top-performing region, with 54 per cent of pupils getting five good GCSEs, including English and maths, compared to 29.9 per cent in 1997.

Schools Minister Vernon Coaker said: "A decade ago, just 35 per cent of children left school with five good GCSEs including English and maths - now with our best results ever it's 49.8 per cent.

"I am determined that each and every child gets a world-class education, regardless of their background, and for that we need excellent schools. We now have the highest number of top-performing schools and the fewest low-performing schools ever.

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