Norfolk County Council ‘moving in the right direction’ after league table results released

GCSE results at Archbishop Sancroft High School, Harleston. ANL-150820-112612005
GCSE results at Archbishop Sancroft High School, Harleston. ANL-150820-112612005

The latest GCSE performance results show Norfolk County Council are moving in the right direction, according to the chairman of the authority’s children’s services committee.

The Department for Education released their latest school performance league tables on Thursday morning, showing that both Norfolk and Suffolk had closed the gap on the national ‘gold’ standard performance — pupils attaining five GCSEs A*-C including maths and English.

What is also really pleasing to see is that Norfolk’s pupils are now doing better than the national average in terms of making the progress expected of them at GCSE maths

James Joyce

In Norfolk 54.9 per cent attained the ‘gold’ standard, while the figure in Suffolk was 54.5 per cent, against the national score of 57.1 per cent.

James Joyce, of Norfolk County Council, told the Diss Express the latest results were “extremely encouraging”.

“Norfolk’s ‘gold standard’ results have risen by a greater margin than most schools nationally compared to last year,” he said.

“This means Norfolk’s schools have continued to narrow the gap to the national figure.

“What is also really pleasing to see is that Norfolk’s pupils are now doing better than the national average in terms of making the progress expected of them at GCSE maths.

“There have been significant improvements in outcomes for Norfolk’s disadvantaged pupils. I am so pleased to see they are catching up with their peers, at a time when performance overall in Norfolk is improving.

“We want every child in Norfolk to receive an excellent education and the improvements demonstrated today follow the hard work and commitment on raising standards from all of those working in education in the county. We must now remain focused and continue to support and challenge schools to do their very best for the county’s children.”