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Provisional GCSE results show Staffordshire ahead nationally

Staffordshire pupils are achieving good GCSE results, setting them on the path to a successful career.

Provisional results released today show 54.3 per cent of students achieved 5 A* – C GCSES including English and Mathematics, above the national average of 52.8 per cent.

Ben Adams, Staffordshire County Council’s cabinet member for Learning and Skills, said:

“These achievements show pupils in Staffordshire are really focussed on getting the results they need for their future career.  Getting the right mix of skills is important whether you want to progress into further or higher education, training or apprenticeships.”

“The county council, along with Entrust, will continue to challenge and support schools to drive for still greater improvement so every child in the county can benefit from a first class education.  In Staffordshire, we want to be sure that students have access to the best education and are able to make real choices about whether their future is best served by pursuing an academic path or a vocational one.  There is now more choice than ever in terms of education, and we have been helping schools and organisations to ensure what they offer reflects the changing local economy.

“As a county—and indeed nationally—we should be matching young people’s aspirations with their skills and giving them the best chance to secure the job that they want in an ever competitive market.  Then our young people will know that whatever path they choose, they will be equipped with the skills and knowledge to pursue it.”

Visit the county council’s special dedicated website, www.staffordshire.gov.uk/brightfutures  for more education and career information.