Reflecting the national picture, GCSE pass rates in Croydon are up again – congratulations to everyone who passed theirs. Below is the council’s press release on the subject…
Pass rates for GCSEs have risen in Croydon for the seventh year in a row – and the borough’s pupils are now a class above the average for the whole of England.
Figures released on the day that children picked up their results showed that in Croydon 80.8 per cent of pupils picked up five A* to C grades.
The news has been welcomed by Croydon Council, who said it was further proof that work being done to improve the borough’s schools was paying off.
The pass rate increase for 2009 to 2010 follows on from a nine per cent jump for the previous academic year, when 74 per cent of pupils gained five GCSEs at grades A* to C.
There are now 20 per cent more children passing the exams than in 2007.
The results build on the very good results at Key Stage 2 in primary schools and at A Level in secondary schools announced earlier in the summer for Croydon.
Those good results were matched by those studying through Croydon’s Adult Education Service, where many outstanding results were also achieved.
Councillor Tim Pollard, the council’s cabinet member for children, young people and learners, said: “It is of vital importance that our young people are given the best possible start in life and that includes education.
“More children in Croydon schools are now passing their GCSEs than ever before. We are not complacent and realise there is still work to be done in our schools but our teachers, educationalists and young people should be congratulated for an excellent effort.
“We were criticised for our secondary school review which was done to make every school a good school. It is particularly pleasing to see that a number of what were underperforming schools saw increases in their pass rates.”