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City moves up rankings as pupils out perform peers

Wolverhampton pupils out performed their peers nationally in new look secondary school examinations last year.

Figures released this month show that Wolverhampton was ranked 82nd nationally in 2017 for the new Progress 8 outcomes - showing the progress pupils make from the end of Key Stage 2 (Year 6) to the end of Key Stage 4 (Year 11) - up from 109th the year before.

Meanwhile, outcomes in Attainment 8 - the average achievement of pupils in up to 8 qualifications including English and Maths - saw the City jump to 97th nationally, up from 125th in 2016. Some 58% of pupils in Wolverhampton secured GCSEs in Maths and English at the new grade 4 or above.

The proportion of Wolverhampton pupils achieving the English Baccalaureate - gaining grades 4 and above in subjects including English, English Literature and Maths GCSEs and grades C or above in humanities, sciences and other subjects - increased from 15% to 15.8% year on year.

And there was also a good performance at Post 16, an area where Wolverhampton is traditionally strong, with students recording an average points school per Level 3 entry of 33.9 - putting the City in 17th place nationally.

Councillor Claire Darke, the City of Wolverhampton Council's Cabinet Member for Education, said: "The introduction of a new grading system has raised the bar, particularly with regard to pass rates in English and Maths, and so it is excellent news that Wolverhampton is continuing to move up the national rankings.

"It is also very pleasing that the proportion of students securing GCSEs in the all important subjects of English and Maths increased again last year.

"Coupled with the fact that more schools in Wolverhampton are now rated either Good or Outstanding by Ofsted than ever before, this paints a positive picture of improving education standards in our City.

"This is testament to the hard work of teachers, pupils and parents, and also shows the impact being made by our School Standards Team and local schools to raise educational standards still further.

"We won't, however, rest on our laurels and will continue to work closely with our wonderful schools to ensure they can deliver the best possible outcomes for our children and young people."

She added: "I would also like to congratulate the King's CE School in Tettenhall and St Matthias School in Deansfield, both council maintained schools, which made the greatest improvement from 2016 to 2017, with Progress 8 figures for both schools showing big rises year on year."

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  • released: Wednesday 31 January, 2018