Tameside’s greatest resource is its young people. If we invest in them, making sure they acquire the skills they need for adult life, we can be sure our borough will prosper in the future.
That’s why education is so important, and why I’m delighted Tameside’s schools have achieved their best-ever results for pupils achieving five or more top A*-C grades including English and maths. What’s more they have done it in a year when the average pass rate has declined nationally.
Provisional results show virtually six out of every 10 of Tameside youngsters got five or more A*-Cs including English and maths and provisionally, more than eight out of 10 pupils achieved five or more A*-C grades in Tameside, which is considerably better than the national average of just less than seven out of 10.
These are wonderful results for our borough and testament to the hard work of everyone involved – pupils, teachers and parents.
The good news doesn’t end there. It is particularly pleasing to see that those schools maintained by the Council have made such excellent progress, with 7% more pupils achieving five or more A*-C grades including English and maths than last year.
Of course this Council will continue to work with all the schools in Tameside to build on these results and to offer support wherever it may be needed.
Tameside pupils are getting a great start in life so that they can move on to future learning, training or employment. So it only leaves me to congratulate them on their achievements and to wish them well.