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LIVERPOOL

LIVERPOOL saw a vast improvement in the number of pupils achieving the best grades at GCSE.

Belvedere GDST topped the table for Liverpool again, with principal Peter Kennedy saying it placed the school in the best position possible to continue its success when it becomes one of Tony Blair's City Academies in September.

All the school's 65 pupils received at least five GCSEs at grades A* to C and the private school maintained its exemplary attendance record. Blue Coat school in Wavertree came second.

Sandy Tittershill, headmaster of Blue Coat School, Church Road, said: "Once again we are very pleased with the results."

Executive director for children's services in Liverpool, Stuart Smith, said: "Liverpool continues to drive up GCSE attainment every year, and I would like to congratulate all the pupils, staff and governors whose hard work has seen yet another improvement."

However, the Liverpool average still lags behind the national average with 53.9% of Liverpool students achieving grade C or above at GCSE compared to 58.5% nationwide.

TOP five schools: 1 The Belvedere, 2 The Blue Coat, 3 King David High, 4 St Edward's College, 5 Liverpool College

WIRRAL

BIRKENHEAD High School tops the league table for Wirral this year with pupils seeing a 5% rise in the number of pupils getting the best grades at GSCE.

Carole Evans, headteacher of Birkenhead High School, said: "I'mabsolutely thrilled. "Every year I say to the girls I don't know how they can possibly do any better and every year they do."

Ridgeway School, in Prenton, was among the country's most improved schools.

Headteacher Angela Walsh said: "This is a hat-trick for us as it's the third year that we've come within the top 5% of schools in the country." Howard Cooper, Director of Children's Services for Wirral, said: "These results are as expected and we are very happy that we hit the Government target that every school in the borough has no less than 30% of their students getting 5 GCSEs at Grade AC."

TOP five schools: 1 Birkenhead High, 2 Birkenhead, 3 Wirral Grammar for Girls, 4 West Kirkby Grammar, 5 Wirral Grammar for Boys

ST HELENS

ST HELENS was celebrating its best-ever results after league tables revealed it has seen an increase in the number of pupils achieving five or more Student attainment increased by 1% in 2006, following its 8% rise the year before.

Tower College topped the table, maintaining its position as the area's best performing school.

De La Salle was another noteworthy example with the number of pupils receiving five or more A* - C grade GCSEs rising rapidly from 60%to 75%.

Cllr Shirley Evans, Executive Member for Children and Young People's Services, said: "We are very proud of their achievements.

We know we have further to go in our ambition to reach and exceed the national average in all the key measures."

TOP five schools: 1 Tower College, 2 Cowley Language College, 3 De La Salle, 4 St Cuthbert's RC Community College, 5 Rainford High

WARRINGTON

PUPILS in Warrington are continuing to improve, with the best results again for GCSE grades in the region.

For 2006, 66.3% of pupils achieved five or more A*-C grades, 7.2%above the national average and 5.1% better than in 2005.

Figures have been steadily increasing during the past few years with just 50% of pupils achieving five GCSEs in 2001.

The council's ranking for this period has improved nationally from 55th to 12th best performer, despite Warrington being one of the lowest funded councils in the country.

Cllr Sheila Woodyatt, executive member for children's services, said: "The 2006 results, which show continuing improvement all round, are excellent.

"I am especially pleased by the results of our special needs pupils. Many of these pupils would not have achieved any GCSE results a few years ago."

TOP five schools: 1 Lymm High, 2 Great Sankey High, 3 St Gregory's RC High, 4 Bridgewater High, 5 Culcheth High and Cardinal Newman RC High.

CHESHIRE CHESHIRE students continue to break their own GCSE attainment record, with 61.7% of students achieving five or more A* to C grades.

This figure is 1.7% higher than last year and 2.7%above the national figure.

Three schools - The Grange, The Queen's and Cransley - again recorded 100% of students achieving five or more A* to C grades.

The Department for Education and Skills has also published figures on the numbers of students attaining five or more GCSE results at A to C grades including English and maths.

A total of 50.5% of Cheshire students achieved those results, almost 5% higher than the national average of 45.8%. In their A-level examinations, Cheshire students averaged 732.6 points per pupil in a new scoring system which is an increase of 14 points on the previous year.

Lead member for children's services, county councillor David Rowlands, said:"Education continues to be a priority in Cheshire and the results remain among the best in the country.

"Certainly improvement continues to be harder as our results, of which schools, teachers and students are justly proud, continue to get better."

TOP five schools: 1 (=)The Grange, The Queen's (Chester) and Cransley, 4 The King's (Chester) 5 The King's (Macclesfield)

HALTON

THERE was no change at the top of the Halton league table, with Wade Deacon High in first place followed by The Heath.

The Bankfield, third in the table, saw a 19% increase in the number of pupils achieving five or more GCSEs at grades A* to C.

Halton High had another outstanding year, rising from eighth to fourth position in the table.

Halton Borough Council's Interim Strategic Director of Children and Young People, Dwayne Johnson, said: "This year's pupil performance is better than all previous years with 52.6% of pupils achieving five or more grades A*-C (including GCSE equivalents).

"The 2005 result of 49% was an increase of 5%, the largest single year-on-year percentage increase we have ever seen."

TOP five schools: 1 Wade Deacon High, 2 The Heath, 3 The Bankfield, 4 Halton High, 5 St Chad's RC High

SEFTON

PUPILS in Sefton gained the best results in the area with 61.9% of pupils achieving the top grades at GCSE. Merchant Taylors' Girls' and Boys' schools topped the list with St Mary's College and StreathamHouse following.

Headmistress of the Girls' School, Louise Robinson, said: "This success is the result of many years of dedication from girls and staff. It shows that our girls believe it is cool to be clever."

The number of pupils achieving five or more A* to G grades was also above the national average of 90.5, hitting 92.6% in Sefton. Sefton Council Cabinet Member for Children's Services, Cllr Peter Dowd, said: "Our young people continue to performabove the national average in their GCSE exams and these results make me very proud of everyone involved."

TOP five schools: 1 Merchant Taylors' for Girls, 2 Merchant Taylors' for Boys, 3 St Mary's College, 4 Streatham House, 5 Formby High

KNOWSLEY

THE area continues to climb up the overall league table and is now seven places higher than last year, making it the third most improved authority in the country.

But while GCSE results have continued to improve by around four times the national average since 2003, truancy rates are the highest in the region at almost twice the national average at 2.4%.

The latest figures also saw nearly 49% of pupils achieving five passes or more A* - C, up from 44.6%the previous year.

The performance of Knowsley schools in terms of contextual value added has also exceeded nationally expected progress and puts the authority at 67 in the league table out of 149.

Brookfield School in Kirkby performed especially well in the GCSE exams with its results being among the most improved in the country.

Seventy three per cent of pupils achieved five or more A* - C passes, an increase of 21% on the previous year. The school also scored highly in the value added rating.

Cllr Ron Round, leader of Knowsley Council said: "Pupils and teachers across the borough have worked exceptionally hard and their commitment has been rewarded by another set of good results."

TOP five schools: 1 St Edmund Arrowsmith RC, 2 Brookfield High, 3 Prescot, 4 Halewood College, 5 All Saints RC High.

WEST LANCASHIRE DESPITE an upward trend in results across Lancashire, pupils in the west of the county achieved 0.2% less than the national average in achieving five or more A* to C grades.

Overall 58.3% of pupils gained five or more above C grades, compared to 58.5% nationally.

However, topping the Local Education Authority's league table for the whole county was West Lancashire's Maharishi School, with 100% of pupils achieving five or more grade Cs or above.

Lancashire county councillor Alan Whittaker, cabinet member for schools, said: "Our results have been on an upward trend for the past seven years which reflects the significant longterm investment we have made in education in Lancashire."

LOCAL results: 1 Maharishi School, 9 Kings College, Scarisbrick, 12 Bishop Rawstorne CE, 16 Tarleton High, 23 Hutton CE Grammar.

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Date:Jan 11, 2007
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