GCSE results lagging behind national average

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GCSE results in the county are still lagging behind the national average for the number of pupils achieving five “good” grades.

Figures released by the Department for Education today show that 55.7 per cent of pupils achieved five A* to C grades, including English and maths, in their exams this summer up from 55.3 per cent last year.

The county is now ranked 106th out of the 150 local authorities in England, up from 111th in 2011.

But Northamptonshire is still below the national average of 58.4 per cent and the East Midlands average of 57.2 per cent.

The county is sixth out of the nine local authorities in the region, below Leicestershire but above Rutland.

The number of the students in the county achieving five GCSEs in any subjects is 79.7 per cent, which is below the national average of 82.7 per cent for state funded schools.

The proportion of teenagers achieving at least five GCSEs including English and maths has fallen for the first time.