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GCSE results improve but still are below the national average
RESULTS in Oxfordshire schools have remained below the national average for a second year.
Statistics released by the Department for Education today show that only 57.9 per cent of pupils achieved five A* to C grades at GCSE in Oxfordshire compared to 58.8 per cent in England.
That marks an improvement of 0.5 percentage point compared to 2011.
The average point score of pupils was also below the national average, with youngsters racking up on average 336.8 points in Oxfordshire compared to 343.3 nationwide.
The figures confirmed that Wallingford School was Oxfordshire's top-performing state school, with 76 per cent of pupils getting five A* to C grades including English and maths.
And there was some good news, with more than one in five children achieving the English Baccalaureate, getting C grades or higher in English, maths, science, a language and history or geography.
That was an increase on last year's figure of 18.8 per cent, and exceeded the national figure of 16.2 per cent.
In all, 6,006 Oxfordshire children sat GCSE exams last summer.