Thursday, 25 August 2011

Leeds GCSE students celebrate as city on course for best ever results

Young people across Leeds are celebrating their GCSE results with initial figures suggesting 2011 could be the city’s most successful year to date.

Over 8,000 pupils in the city will receive their results today (Thursday 25 August) and - although the full extent of the results won’t be known until later in the year - more young people look to have achieved at least five A* - C grades than ever before.

In 2010, a total of 76.5 per cent of GCSE students achieved five or more A*-C, with 50.6 per cent including English and maths.

Leeds City Council is still collecting results from the city’s secondary schools but early indicators - from around 75 per cent of schools and academies - suggest this year’s 5 A*-C figure could rise by at least at least 5 per cent while the 5 A*-C including English and maths figure is expected to be around 55 per cent.

Councillor Jane Dowson, deputy executive board member for learning, said:
“The early signs suggest this year’s GCSE results could be the best the city has seen, which is great news. They reflect the hard work and commitment of our young people which has provided them with a solid foundation on which to build their futures.

“Everyone who has taken their GCSEs this year deserves congratulations for their efforts and achievements. Exams are a difficult and stressful time but with the help and support of their families and our brilliant schools, they have done themselves and the city proud.”

For media enquiries, please contact:
Emma Whittell, Leeds City Council press office, on (0113) 2474713

Summer villages bring children together

A group of children from countries across the world are visiting Leeds this August as part of an initiative to bring communities together.

As part of the Children’s International Summer Villages (CISV), groups of children come together at a summer camp to learn how to live together with other individuals.

This year CISV celebrates its 60th anniversary and is hosting an international children’s camp in Ikley over August. The Lord Mayor of Leeds hosted a civic reception for the children last week, and gave them a tour of Civic Hall as part of an introduction to Leeds.

The summer village idea was conceived in 1946 by Dr Doris Allen, a psychologist at the University of Cincinnati (USA), who believed that lasting peace could be possible through friendship if individuals and groups from different nations could learn to live together as friends, and that the real difference could be made by starting with children.

CISV is run almost entirely by volunteers and provides opportunities for children and young people to learn by experience to live amicably with others irrespective of cultural backgrounds.

Lord Mayor of Leeds, Councillor Reverend Alan Taylor said:

“It was fantastic to meet children from all over the world who have come over to the UK to take part in the CISV camp.

“Making sure our young people understand about peace and friendship is really important, and I am pleased to see the CISV make a welcome return to Yorkshire ”

Notes to editors:
This year CISV celebrates its 60th Anniversary and is hosting an international children’s camp in llkley over the period 31 July to 26 August. Delegates aged 11 years will be attending from China, France, Germany, GB, Hong Kong, Japan, Netherlands, Norway, Peru and USA.


For media enquiries, please contact;
Cat Milburn, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 247 4450