Brainy Milton Keynes has shot up to well above the national educational average after this summer’s GCSE results, the Citizen can exclusively reveal.
For the first time ever, the city is forging ahead academically, with 61.4 per cent of students achieving at least five A* to C passes, including maths and English.
The encouraging news, yet to be released officially, comes at a time when national pass-rates plummeted by 1.3 per cent.
It also comes just five years after Milton Keynes schools performed so poorly at GCSEs that Ofsted had to intervene.
In 2008 a mere 42.1 per cent of pupils passed English, maths and three other subjects with A* to C grades.
This year that figure was 61.4 per cent, an increase of 2.9 per cent from 2012.
Tory Cabinet member for children and education, Andy Dransfield, told the Citizen: “Milton Keynes is bucking the national trend. Thanks to the hard work of pupils, teachers and this council, our schools’ successes are now above the national average.
“This significant improvement reflects the confidence that this administration has in the students of the city.”
MK also exceeded itself in A Levels this year. Some 64.4 per cent of students achieved three A Level passes, which was an increase of 14.6 per cent last year.
Mr Dransfield believes some of the success is due to his administration’s strict approach to school expansion,
“When a school asks us for more places we will only agree if it has been rated good or outstanding by Ofsted. Why should we allow a school to expand if it is not performing well enough?” he said.