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Ossett Academy GCSE Results'Pictured L/R: Laura McDonald, Lauren McQueen, Lisa Gibbons, Fiona Bairstow, Kaya Firth
Ossett Academy GCSE Results'Pictured L/R: Laura McDonald, Lauren McQueen, Lisa Gibbons, Fiona Bairstow, Kaya Firth

SCHOOLS across the city have celebrated their best ever GCSE results, despite national figures being down.

Figures show that 58.6 per cent of students have achieved five A* to C grades in subjects including English and Maths.

This is an increase of more than one per cent on last year and is expected to be in line with the national average.

More than three-quarters of city schools have achieved above 50 per cent of top grades. And for the first time two schools achieved above 80 per cent - Ossett Academy and Outwood Grange Academy.

But for some headteachers, instead of celebrating with their pupils, they were left ringing exam boards to complain about irregularities in marking of new specification English papers.

City Academy principal Alan Yellup said: “It is a right mess. I have a pupil who got an A* for one piece of work, then an unclassified for another, which is unheard of.

“We are celebrating another record year for examinations in every respect. The exception being English where our scripts, along with many other schools, have been returned to the examination board.”

Outwood Grange pupils broke all records, with 100 per cent of them achieving five or more A* to C grades.

Horbury School achieved more than 70 per cent five A* to C grades in subjects including English and Maths and four schools achieved above 60 per cent.

Stars of the show at Freeston Academy were Victoria Parker, Natalie Hoyle and Callum Straw, who achieved 35 A* and A grades between them.

It was also a record year for Wakefield Girls’ High School and Queen Elizabeth Grammar School.

Three quarters of all passes were A* and A grades, with 86 students gaining nine or more of the top grades.