Lincolnshire schools' GCSE results buck national downward trend
Three outstanding schools have led the way today as Lincolnshire's improving GCSE results have bucked the national trend.
Provisional figures released today by Lincolnshire County Council have revealed that schools, including academies no longer in local authority control, have again done better than the national average.
Overall, Lincolnshire 15-year-olds returned 62.6 per cent of five A* to C exam successes.
This compares to the national indicator - which includes passes in maths and English - where schools across the country as a whole have reported falling standards.
Three schools achieved 100 per cent grade passes of the five A* to C.
They were Caistor Grammar School Academy - for the fourth year running - Queen Elizabeth's Grammar at Alford and The King's School in Grantham.
For good measure, 96 Caistor year 11s achieved Lincolnshire's highest result for grades A* and A in at least five subjects.
Seven schools have reported huge improvements of 10 per cent or more on their results from last year in the five A* to C grades, including English and Maths.
They were the John Spendluffe Technology College at Alford, Skegness Grammar School, Queen Eleanor School in Stamford, Queen Elizabeth's Grammar at Alford, Priory City of Lincoln Academy, Cordeaux Academy in Louth and the University Academy at Holbeach.
Councillor Mrs Patricia Bradwell, the executive councillor for children's services at the county council, described the results as "outstanding."
She said: "We continue to buck the national trend with yet another increase in our grades.
"There have been some significant improvements from some of our schools and highlights again the quality of education in Lincolnshire.
"The students should feel exceptionally proud of all their hard work."
Director of children's services Debbie Barnes said: "This has been a tough year for students and, while the national trend seems to be reflecting this, Lincolnshire schools and their students continue to shine.
"Congratulations to all young people, their teachers, parents and carers, especially in light of the national fall."