Jump in percentage of GCSE students achieving five or more A*-C grades, including English and maths

60.6% of pupils in state-funded schools locally achieved the central government-set grades target last year, compared to 57.9% in 2012.

Good news, but more work to be done

Councillor Melinda Tilley, Oxfordshire County Council's Cabinet Member for Education, said: "There has been nearly a 3% rise compared to 2012's results in the number of pupils countywide achieving five or more A*-C grades, including English and maths - this is very encouraging and I again congratulate students for all their hard work.

"However I do still strongly believe that our schools should be performing better and I will continue work hard with schools and colleagues to push for even better results in the future

"Improvement is always achievable and it must continue and I look forward to our secondary schools helping make pupils take further steps forward in attainment in future years."

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Nationally, 60.8% of pupils in state-funded schools achieved five or more A*-C GCSE grades including English and maths in 2013, compared to 59% in 2012.

Councillor Tilley added: "Oxfordshire is now much nearer to the national average than we were last year, however I really do feel we should be comfortably above it - that is one of the targets that schools locally can work towards."