The latest exam statistics
are another success story for local schools. The proportion getting five A*-Cs including English and maths, the key government measure, leapt from 50.7% to 54.8%. This appears to be the biggest rise on record.
This follows on from the statistics in the summer which showed state schools closing the gap
on private schools at both GCSE and A level. While state sector students recorded this significent increase, the proportion of those at Independent schools achiving C or better at GCSE actually fell.
Its good to see the Guardian finally covering state school success, after several articles in the summer basing articles on press releases from the Independent Schools Council.