Bolton’s record GCSE results this summer have put them in the top 50 performing local authorities for the first time.
The number of young people achieving five or more A*-C grades including English and maths has been increasing in the borough for several years, and with 59.5 per cent reaching this benchmark, Bolton has risen above the national average.
The figure is not only 1.2 per cent above the average across the UK, but also represents a six per cent rise on results in 2010, and an incredible 13 per cent rise on results in 2009.
Results have just been confirmed by the government for this benchmark, which is considered to be the key indicator of a local authority’s performance.
These show that Bolton is now the 50th best performing of the 151 local authorities in the country, and the third best in Greater Manchester.
For the first time, this year’s achievements in Bolton also see the town top the averages for its statistical neighbours - areas of similar social and economic backgrounds grouped together by the government for comparison purposes.
Bolton Council’s Executive Member for Children’s Services, Councillor Nick Peel, said: “The ongoing improvement in Bolton’s GCSE results is so impressive, and speaks volumes for the quality of teaching and learning in the town.
“To be well ahead of the national average in this key benchmark is very pleasing, and just as importantly, we have proved ourselves to be the best performing among our statistical neighbours.
“This has been Bolton’s best ever year and I couldn’t be more pleased for the pupils, parents and all the staff who have worked hard in our schools. They can all be rightly proud of themselves - the results represent a lot of hard work and dedication.
“The council’s school improvement team also deserve a lot of credit for the work they do to with the schools to achieve these excellent results, as well as the ever-improving results the town has seen in SATS at all age groups and in further education.”