Peterborough’s schools are ninth bottom in the country for provisional GCSE results.
The results released yesterday (Thursday, October 15) show that 55.5 per cent of the city’s pupils received five A*-C grades in the previous academic year for GCSEs or an equivalent qualification.
The percentage for all pupils in the East of England achieving this is 66.1 per cent while nationally it is 64.2 per cent.
The percentage of Peterborough’s pupils achieving five A*-C grades including English and maths is also low at 47.7 per cent which is the 14th worst in the country.
Peterborough fares better nationally on the percentage of pass rates for all subjects which is at 97.8 per cent.
Peterborough was ranked 134th out of 151 local authorities in England and Wales for GCSE results in January this year.
Councillor John Holdich, leader of Peterborough City Council and cabinet member for education, skills and university, said:
“These are provisional results based on data that is still to be validated. Also, a number of schools returned scripts in the summer because of variations between exam boards and any re-grading could be reflected in the validated results.
“Our results will be higher in the final validated results table which will be released next year.
“I think what is clear is that these were a disappointing set of results following a number of years of improving grades at GCSE level. This was not helped by significant differences in pass rates attained by schools in the city.
“We should also set the city’s educational performance in a wider context and not just compared to this set of results.
“Education is on the rise in Peterborough with 85 per cent of schools judged good or better by Ofsted.
“This has risen by over 20 per cent in just two years. We also recorded some of the best ever results for A-Levels this year with the highest number of A* and A grades in our history.
“We do of course have challenges. For instance, a quarter of students who received their GCSE results in August were not in Peterborough schools at the start of their secondary education and our results should be viewed in that context also.
“Many schools now operate outside of local authority control, however I know that all of them are committed to improving attainment and we will continue to support and challenge them as we want our results to be progressing year on year.”