Macclesfield Express - - SCHOOLS NEWS -

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.”


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