Provisional data shows that GCSE results in Liverpool have improved again.
Information supplied by secondary schools in the city shows that, for English and maths combined, the percentage of pupils getting a grade 4 or above – broadly similar to a C or above under the old scoring system – has gone up by 0.5 percent to 59.5 percent.
In English, the city is now above the national average for those getting a grade 4 or above – 72.6 percent – compared to 70.2 percent nationally.
In maths, the city’s focus on driving up standards in numeracy has led to an increase of 0.5 percent in those getting grade 4 or above – 64.7 percent, although still below the national average of 71 percent.
The 65 pupils supported by the city’s Community Languages Project – many who don’t have English as a first language – have also done well, with 82% of those who studied Arabic, Bengali, Chinese and Polish getting A* or A grades, and 95 percent all getting a C or above.
Cabinet member for education, Cllr Barbara Murray, said: “Huge congratulations to all of our pupils for their amazing hard work and determination to do the best they possibly can, supported by their teachers and families.
“We are absolutely committed to supporting schools on different initiatives to drive up standards and the quality of teaching in subjects.
“But we are not complacent, and as with other cities, we still have a way to go to make sure that our students achieve their full potential, particularly in maths.
“It is not something that will be achieved overnight but we are totally focused on it because today’s students are tomorrow’s workforce and are critical to the future economic success of our city.”