THE announcement at King’s School comes as Cheshire East’s secondary schools chalked up yet more achievements in national league tables.
The latest performance tables show that 61.5 per cent of Cheshire East Year 11 pupils achieved the national benchmark of five or more A*-C grades, including English and maths, at GCSE. The national average is 56.8 per cent.
The news follows Cheshire East schools recently being rated the third best in England, according to a ranking based on performance in Ofsted inspections.
Cheshire East’s Key Stage 4 figures places it top in a group of 11 comparable local authorities, with a similar socio-economic make-up, and ranks the authority in the top 25 out of a total of 150 local education authorities.
For rates of progress in core subjects, the performance was again very strong with nearly three-quarters of all learners achieving expected progress in English - the figure was 74.3 per cent - and 67 per cent in maths.
Cheshire East council has significantly improved its ranking this year against all other authorities for these two measures, which the council says reflects the intensive work within all schools to maximise achievement by all learners.
Councillor Rachel Bailey, Cheshire East’s Cabinet member for safeguarding children and adults, said: “To have 61.5 per cent of our pupils achieving five GCSEs at grade A* to C and to see further notable improvements in progress in maths and English are fantastic achievements.
“This is yet more good news following the recent report that rated Cheshire East as the third best area in the country for schools and further proof of the great work being done here.“
“I would like to thank the schools, teachers, governors, council officers and, of course, our pupils, for all their hard work.”