Provisional figures show that Liverpool has bucked the national trend with a substantial improvement in GCSE results.
Data from schools in the city shows that 55.6 percent of pupils are getting five A*-C grades including English and maths – up seven percent on last year and in stark contrast to a national dip.
There has been an increase of 6.9 percent in students progressing well in English, while in maths is it is up 3.1 percent.
A total of 75 percent of schools have seen improvements in their overall results and it is thought the city will be very close to the national average when the finalised figures are reported in several months.
Councillor Nick Small, Assistant Mayor and Cabinet member for Education, Employment and Skills said: “This is a tremendous result and shows that the focus we have put on helping schools, in particular through School Improvement Liverpool, is really paying off.
“Well done to our students for the hard work that they have put into their studies over the last couple of years with help from their families, and in partnership with fantastic leadership from our school heads, teachers and governors.
“We are not complacent though and we need to continue to support schools and families to make sure children are properly skilled to go on to apprenticeships, higher education and enter the world of work.”
The city’s Community Languages Project, which supports young people from Black and Minority Ethnic communities who have a history of underachievement, is also celebrating success.
Out of a total of 40 students entered in Arabic, Bengali, Chinese and Polish, 77.5 percent (31 pupils) achieved A* or A grades, and all but one got A*-C.
Early results also indicate that there is an improvement for the Adult Learning Service, with 60 percent of students getting a good grade in English compared to 37 percent last year, while the pass rate in maths has also risen from 63 to 64 percent.