Essex County Council is congratulating the county’s secondary schools after thousands of pupils collected their GCSE results.
Provisional figures received from schools today show 65 per cent of pupils in Essex have achieved A* to C grades in both English and maths, compared with 61 per cent last year.
In addition, 24.6 per cent have achieved the English Baccalaureate, up from 22.4 per cent in 2015.
About 15,000 young people were entered into GCSEs at schools in Essex this year, which is the first since changes to the way school performance is measured at Key Stage 4.
The Department for Education will publish provisional GCSE data in October, with the county’s local authority ranking and performance under the new Progress 8 and Attainment 8 measures expected to be made available at that stage.
Cllr Ray Gooding, Essex County Council’s Cabinet Member for Education and Lifelong Learning, said: “Essex is on a fantastic school improvement journey and these results cap another good year for education in the county.
“With figures showing more than nine in ten pupils in Essex now attend a good or outstanding school and last week’s strong A Level results, there is certainly a lot for schools to celebrate this summer.
“The county’s GCSE results are testament to the hard work of pupils and staff, and I would like to congratulate everyone on their achievements.
“As a council we remain committed to ensuring pupils in Essex receive the best possible education and I look forward to continuing to work closely with schools in the future.”
If any pupils are unsure what to do next, help finding education, employment or apprenticeship opportunities is available from Essex County Council’s Employment and Skills Team by calling 0800 707 6384. Alternatively, visit the team’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/esuessex