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GCSE results - its not all bad news

23 August 2013

Given the recent headlines about falling GCSE pass rates, one school has been highlighted as an exemption. Perry Beeches School in Birmingham has increased its pass rate for the seventh year running and all pupils gained at least 5 GCSEs with A-C grades and 80% included English and Maths. The results are seen as exceptional given that in the recent past, the school was failed by Ofsted and only 1 in 5 pupils met the GCSE benchmark of 5 GCSEs at A-C grades. The school also serves an area of deprivation.

As a converter academy, the change has been overseen by the same management team with a clear focus on raising academic standards and the same principles will be applied across the new Perry Beeches schools being opened across Birmingham. There must be other schools with similar stories to tell and it is important for these success stories to be highlighted to show the education system is delivering and bridging the gap between the haves and have-nots.

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