Provisional figures show the number of students getting five good GCSE results including English and Maths in Liverpool is continuing to improve.
Data provided by schools to the city council shows 57.3 percent of pupils achieved the standard – up 0.5 percent compared to last year and compared to a national fall of 1.3 percent.
For the sixth year in a row, the number getting five A* – C across all subjects has exceeded the national average. In Liverpool it now stands at 86.1 percent, against a national average of 84 percent.
Councillor Jane Corbett, Cabinet member for education, said: “Congratulations to all of our GCSE students who have once again outperformed the national improvements in exam results.
“This achievement is down to everyone who has worked so hard throughout the year – pupils, teachers, support staff, parents, carers and governors. They all deserve a huge amount of credit for their efforts.
“These results send out a very clear message that pupils right across Liverpool are getting a fantastic education.”
The council’s Ethnic Minority and Traveller Achievement Service (EMTAS) is also celebrating success for its community languages programme. Almost half of the 22 students who were entered for Arabic GCSE got the top A* grade, while in Bengali, all 5 students got A*- C grades and in Chinese all 19 got A* or A grades.