Secondary schools in Wolverhampton have come top of the class in the Black Country for GCSE and A level results.

The national rankings for the performance of schools showed that Wolverhampton had made significant improvements in 2013 compared with the year before.

Figures revealed that the number of GCSE students gaining at least 5 passes at A* to C grades, including English and Maths was 61%.

This is higher than Birmingham and the Black Country and also above the national average of 59%.

This saw the city climb the table from 102nd position, out of 151 local authorities, in 2012 to 71st in 2013.

There was further good news in the table for A level and equivalent qualifications. Wolverhampton was ranked 39th out of 151 councils for average points score per pupil - an improvement on 2012, where the city was placed 84th.

Councillor Phil Page, Wolverhampton City Council's Cabinet Member for Schools, Skills and Learning, said: "This is wonderful news and a testament to the hard work of all schools staff and the pupils themselves.

"We are keen to ensure children and young people leave school with the relevant qualifications to enable them to go on to further education, training or employment.

"So the improvement in performance at Key Stage 4 and Post 16 level is extremely pleasing.

"But we are not complacent and we are always striving to keep on making improvements and climbing the ranking table in future years."

  • released: Friday 24 January, 2014