Education chiefs in Wolverhampton have praised the efforts of pupils, teachers and parents as early indications suggest young people in Wolverhampton have scored better GCSE results this year.
Although some schools are still to report outcomes to the council, those that have reveal an improved performance, reflecting the national picture where the proportion of students securing A* to C grades rose slightly this year.
The City of Wolverhampton Council's Cabinet Member for Education, Councillor Claire Darke, said: "Although it will be a while until we have validated results, early indications are that our young people have performed well in their GCSEs this year, with outcomes likely to be up on 2014.
"I'd like to take this opportunity to congratulate pupils – and their teachers and parents – on their hard work, and wish them the very best for the future, whether they are continuing their education, taking up an apprenticeship or traineeship, or entering employment for the first time.”
A number of organisations are providing help and advice to students who have collected their results this week, including schools, colleges and training providers.
Careers advisors from Connexions Wolverhampton will also be on hand to assess what options are available to pupils. The Connexions Wolverhampton centre on Salop Street is open from 1.30pm-4.30pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, and can be contacted on 01902 773040 during office hours. Outside these times, help and advice is available via www.connexionswolverhampton.co.uk.
Councillor Darke added: "The council is committed to helping schools improve and to driving up standards so that our children and young people have the chance to reach their full potential.
"We have seen steady improvements in educational standards in Wolverhampton over the last few years, with 76% of our schools now rated Good or Outstanding by Ofsted compared to just 57% two years ago. This improvement looks set to be reflected in the GCSE outcomes achieved by pupils this year."