School Mininter Announces top in UK goes to Halton
HALTON has been named as the most improved local authority in England from GCSE results in 2007, according to new Government figures.
Jim Knight, Schools Minister at the Department for Children, Schools and Families, announced that Halton had topped the table of 149 local authorities with a 9 % increase in pupils attaining five A*-C grades at GCSE.
The results show that 62% of young people in Runcorn and Widnes got at least five GCSEs in 2007.
Halton also topped the national league tables for the most improved performance on the previous year when English and maths are included within the five GCSE A*-Cs.
The improvement in GCSE grades means that Halton's young people are now performing above the North West average which stands at 59.4%.
Gerald Meehan, Halton Borough Council's strategic director of children and young people's services, said: ' 'To have achieved such outstanding results is fantastic news for, the borough.
"This is testimony to the hard work of our pupils, the staff in our schools, school governors, and the investment by the council in education and learning."
To have achieved such outstanding results is fantastic news for the borough.'
GERALD MEEHAN, HALTON BOROUGH COUNCIL'S STRATEGIC DIRECTOR OF CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE'S SERVICES
TOP OF THE CLASS: Ben
Williams, Daniel Oliver and Amy Williamson of Wade Deacon High School who achieved some of the country's top marks in their English Literature exams.