GCSE 2011: Derbyshire a class act

DERBYSHIRE schools have enjoyed a record year of success following exam results received by 8,700 Year 11 students last week.

Provisional results indicate 79 per cent of students have achieved five or more A* to C GCSEs – an improvement of five per cent on last year. More than half – 58 per cent - have achieved five A* to C grades including English and maths – up four per cent on last year.

These results maintain a five-year improvement trend for performance across Derbyshire from 47 per cent in 2006/7.

This year’s improvement matches last year’s largest ever increase. All Derbyshire schools are also above the Government’s recently increased targets.

Councillor Mike Longden, Derbyshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Education, said: “We are delighted with these results.

“Many Derbyshire schools have shown improved performance and there have been many outstanding results for schools and individual pupils.”