TAMESIDE is one of the top authorities in Greater Manchester for GCSE performance according to newly released figures.
On attainment of a strong pass (grade 5+) in English and maths, Tameside ranks third in Greater Manchester, second against statistically comparable authorities and tenth out of the 23 authorities across the north west.
While Tameside’s Progress 8 attainment – which measures a student’s progress in eight key subjects – is fourth in Greater Manchester, third out of its statistical neighbours and ninth in the north west.
The validated GCSE results, published this week, are a fantastic reflection on the commitment of the borough’s pupils, teachers, governors and parents who have worked hard to raise achievement despite reforms in GCSEs and a more challenging curriculum.
The reformed GCSEs are subject to a new grading scale of 9 to 1, with 9 being the top grade. A grade four is a "standard pass" and a grade five a "strong pass". As a consequence of this, the 2017 GCSE figures were not comparable with previous years.
Standard passes in both English and maths were achieved by 62% of the borough’s pupils in mainstream schools with 39% of pupils also achieving a strong pass.
Tameside Council Executive Member for Lifelong Learning Cllr Lynn Travis said: “It’s extremely pleasing to see that Tameside is performing so well when benchmarked against other local authorities across the region – particularly our statistical neighbours which have a similar type population and levels of deprivation to ourselves.
“A huge well done to pupils as well as teachers, parents and governors for all their dedication and hard work and for building on the strong foundations put in place by our excellent primary schools. We continue to do everything possible to work with schools to ensure pupils are supported to achieve their very best.”