GCSE pupils across Worcestershire today received their results - with two thirds of students attaining a standard pass in English and Maths.
Nine out of 10 schools across Worcestershire are currently rated good or outstanding by Ofsted and first indications show a rise in this year's GCSE results.
Based on the submission of 29 out of the 30 schools in Worcestershire, the percentage of students gaining a standard pass or above in both English and Maths is 66 per cent.
Cllr Marcus Hart, Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Education and Skills, said:
"Due to a change in the way GCSE results are reported, it is difficult to assess this year's results in the context of previous years, and direct comparisons are not possible. However, in accordance with the new framework*, results have been very pleasing and I would like to congratulate students on their hard work and their success."
"It is one of the County Council's priorities to ensure that schools continue to offer the best outcomes for pupils in Worcestershire. We are proud of our county's schools and pupils and are pleased that results keep showing improvement year on year."
A detailed breakdown of results and comparisons with other Local Authorities and national averages will be available in October. A breakdown of the achievements of specific groups across Worcestershire, including how the county's Looked After Children performed, will also be provided at this time.
Choices for School Leavers in 2016
Year 11 leavers have to make a choice about where they are going to undertake further study. The options include attending school or a sixth form college, a further education college or embarking on a work based study programme or apprenticeship. Work without formal accredited training or being unemployed is no longer allowed under government reforms. All young people must undertake some form of study until their 18th birthday.
Advice and guidance on training opportunities should be discussed with the designated adviser in schools but support can also be provided through the County Council's Post 16 Engagement Team.
Alternatively, the 2 Counties Training Team can offer support and training opportunities for 16 to 18 year olds and can be contacted on 07568 130 478.
Students wanting to know more about becoming an apprentice in Worcestershire can go online at www.worcsapprenticeships.org.uk. The site provides a range of information about apprenticeship options as well as vacancies in the specific fields.
*Following changes to the accountability framework, results have been reported against a benchmark of achieving at least a standard pass in both English and Maths, as opposed to the previous benchmark of pupils achieving grades C or above in English and Maths.