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10 per cent improvement

Halton bucks trend in

PUPILS have set a new borough record for GCSB results.
Schools across Halton excelled in all subjects, with results improving by almost 10 per cent compared to an average nationally of 0.9 per cent.
Many schools achieved record-breaking results as an impressive 62 per cent of pupils in the borough secured five or more grades A*-C - including GCSE equivalents - while 41 per cent of those were in English and maths.
The Grange Comprehensive and Fairfield High schools, which may close under huge plans for an education shake-up in the borough, both achieved fantastic results.
David Stanley, head teacher at the Grange, in Latham Avenue, Runcorn, said: "This set of results is the best we have ever achieved and I am delighted first and foremost for the pupils concerned.
"Given the overwhelming public support we have seen for the Grange recently, I am so pleased that our local community's

confidence in us has been further bolstered by these superb results."
Fairfield head teacher, Jeff Hughes said: "I would like to congratulate both pupils and staff for their hard work and I believe the results show that key developments put in place over the past few years are beginning to have a real impact and signal a positive future for the school."
Halton Council was quick to praise the efforts of every school in the borough.
Gerald Meehan, the council's strategic director of children and young people, said: "I would like to express my appreciation and thanks for the excellent work undertaken by all teachers and staff in our schools during the past year, the dedication of head teachers and support and commitment of school governors.
"I feel extremely proud of what young people have achieved this year. This goes to show that the vast majority of young people have something very positive to offer."