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GSCE Students Celebrate Success
A big overall rise in GCSE performance this year in secondary schools
GCSE results up in Brighton & Hove
Provisional results suggest that city-wide the percentage of pupils achieving A*-C in English is above the national average at 73% against 65% nationally.
Several schools are reporting seeing their best ever results. Patcham High and Blatchington Mill have seen rises in over 10 percentage points at the benchmark five GCSE A*-C with English and maths.
The chair of the council's children and young people committee, Councillor Tom Bewick said: "Our young people have worked very hard and should be proud of this very impressive performance.
"Our schools and the council's education team also deserve a lot of credit for the hard work they have put in this year.
"This is great news, but it also has to be seen as a work in progress. I want to see a lot more of our young people achieving the benchmark five good GCSEs figure in future.
"I will be calling on our schools and the council's education team to redouble their efforts to drive forward further improvements in the coming years."
In West Sussex
West Sussex students have achieved significant successes in this year's GCSE results, early figures show.
Results, as measured by the 5A*-C including English and maths, have improved from last year's result of 58 per cent to around 61 per cent this year - a three per cent rise.
Of the county's 37 secondary schools, well over half have improved their results compared to last year. Although the figures need to be validated later this year, once again the rise is likely to place West Sussex above the national average.
Jeremy Hunt, West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, said: "This year's results are a fantastic achievement and are a clear testament to how hard our students have studied throughout the year.
"Being above the national average shows the high quality of schooling in the county, whether they are local authority maintained schools or academies."
Jeremy added: "I would also like to thank and praise all our teaching and non-teaching staff for their unfailing hard work. Their commitment and dedication to our young people are what makes these results possible."
More detailed exams results will be available later in the year once figures have been confirmed and verified
National protest in support of Southern Rail guards
Hove, Bognor, Barnham and Worthing services on Monday 24th Oct, then Brighton, Southampton and Hastings by end of the month.
Southern Railway workers stage final day of a 72-hour walkout today in the bitter dispute over the role of conductors, with further industrial action planned.
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