63.5% of pupils in the borough achieved five A*- C grades – including the key subjects of English and maths – in 2013, compared to under 60% nationally. Look at all the performance statistics on the Department for Education website here.
This means that results in Islington have improved significantly faster than the national rate over the last five years, and by 10 percentage points in the past year alone. All of Islington’s secondary schools are rated as either ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted.
2013 also saw an all-time high of 82.9% of Islington students gaining five or more good GCSE passes last year, an increase from 78.8% in 2012. The level of students attaining top grades (three or more A – A* grades) increased in the borough despite dropping across England.
The proportion of pupils achieving the more challenging ‘English Baccalaureate’ measure more than doubled with over 1 in 5 pupils leaving Islington secondary schools having achieved the most difficult DfE benchmark.