Tuesday, 24 August 2010

Early results suggest a record year for Leeds GCSE results

Over 8,000 young people from 38 Leeds secondary schools have collected their GCSE results today with early signs suggesting 2010 could be a record year.

Although the full picture won’t be available until early 2011, initial figures suggest more young people than ever before have achieved at least five A* - C grades.

In 2009, 45.9 per cent of pupils achieved 5A*-C, including English and maths, while 67.4 per cent achieved five or more A*-C. Early signs suggest this year’s 5 A*-C, including English and maths, could rise by up to five per cent while the 5A*-C figure could rise by up to nine per cent.

Councillor Jane Dowson, executive board member for learning, said:
“These are a fantastic set of GCSE results so far and our city’s young people should be proud of their achievements. The early results suggest this could be a record year for Leeds which is a testament to the commitment, dedication and enthusiasm which is seen in every secondary school across the city.

“I would like to congratulate every young person on their results and wish them the best for the future. My thanks and appreciation also goes to staff and families who have done so much to help make these results possible.”

Chris Edwards, chief executive of Education Leeds, said:
“Although these are early results, this has been another year where we have seen real improvements and outcomes for our young people right across the city. The early signs suggest the city’s young people have reaped the rewards of their hard work and that education in the city continues to go from strength to strength.

“Everyone receiving their GCSE results today deserves our congratulations and should be proud of their successes. With the help and support of families and colleagues in some outstanding schools, our young people have once again done themselves and the city proud.”

Provisional GCSE highlights so far include:
Rodillian School saw 47 per cent of pupils achieve 5A*-C, including English and maths, compared to 33 per cent last year, while 74 per cent of pupils achieved 5A*-C compared to 44 per cent last year.

Leeds West Academy saw 36 per cent achieve 5 A*-C, including English and maths, compared to 30 per cent last year, and 68 per cent of pupils achieved 5 A*-C, up from 55 per cent in 2009.

City of Leeds saw 25 per cent of pupils achieve 5A*-C, including English and maths, compared to 12 per cent last year, and 49 per cent achieved 5A*-C, compared to 24 per cent last year.

Parklands Girls’ High School saw 32 per cent of pupils achieve 5A*-C, including English and maths, compared to 33 per cent last year, and 53 per cent achieve 5A*-C, compared to 43 per cent last year.

South Leeds Academy saw 30 per cent of pupils achieve 5A*-C, including English and maths, compared to 16 per cent last year, and 73 per cent achieve 5A*-C compared to 58 per cent last year.

Farnley Park Maths and Computing College saw 44 per cent of pupils achieve 5A*-C, including English and maths, compared to 32 per cent last year, while 80 per cent achieved 5A*-C, compared to 46 per cent last year.

Crawshaw High School saw 62 per cent of pupils achieve 5A*-C, including English and maths, compared to 59 per cent last year, while 80 per cent achieved 5A*-C compared to 69 per cent lat year.

St Mary’s Catholic Comprehensive School saw 84 per cent of pupils achieve 5A*-C, including English and maths, compared to 74 per cent last year, while 91 per cent of pupils achieved 5A*-C, compared to 85 per cent last year.

Garforth Community College saw 75 per cent of pupils achieve 5A*-C, including English and maths, the same figure as last year, while 98 per cent of pupils achieved 5A*-C compared to 94 per cent last year.

Cardinal Heenan Catholic High School saw 64 per cent of pupils achieve 5A*-C, including English and maths, compared to 51 per cent last year, while 91 per cent achieved 5A*-C compared to 80 per cent last year.

Morley High School saw 60 per cent of pupils achieve 5A*-C, including English and maths, the same figure as last year, while 85 per cent of pupils achieved 5A*-C compared to 80 per cent last year.

Lawnswood School saw 45 per cent of pupils achieve 5A*-C, including English and maths, compared to 38 per cent last year, while 65 per cent of pupils achieved 5A*-C, compared to 55 per cent last year.

For media enquiries please contact:
Jon Crampton, Leeds City Council, 0113 3951577
Email: jon.crampton@leeds.gov.uk

Caribbean feast for your eyes at the market


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Video: An interview with Mrs Koheeallee from Spice Corner, a West Indian and Caribbean produce shop.

As the 43rd Leeds Carnival gets underway later this month, take a trip to Kirkgate market to stock your cupboards and fridge with all things Caribbean.

The longest running carnival in Europe, Leeds Carnival attracts hundreds of thousands of people each year, and if you want to get the party started, or carry it on after the main event ends, a visit to Kirkgate market is well worth it.

Mrs Koheeallee from Spice Corner, is one such stall where you can get all the spices and vegetables for your curried goat or jerk chicken. Elsewhere on the market you can buy fresh chicken, mutton and goat meat.

Councillor Mark Dobson, Leeds Kirkgate Market champion said:
“The Leeds carnival brings a fantastic amount of colour and atmosphere to the city, and I am delighted traders in the market are able to offer such fresh quality produce for this carnival season”.

Spice Corner is located at Stall 483-484, Row H, in the 1981 Hall at Kirkgate Market, just down from Butcher’s Row. There are entrances from George Street and the outdoor market

For more information about Leeds markets visit www.leedsmarkets.co.uk


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For media enquiries, please contact;
Cat Milburn, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 247 4450
Email: Catherine.milburn@leeds.gov.uk