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Norfolk's secondary schools improved in the 2017-18 academic year, new Department for Education data

Norfolk's secondary schools improved in the 2017-18 academic year, new Department for Education data shows. Picture: Getty Images - Credit: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Secondary school pupils in Norfolk made better progress in the last academic year, according to new figures.

The Department for Education has released its school performance tables and revised GCSE results for the academic year 2017-18.

The data shows that schools in Norfolk achieved an overall Progress 8 score of 0 – a significant improvement on last year's score of -0.6.

The score compares how much progress pupils have made over their time at secondary school with pupils nationally who achieved similar grades at key stage two.

GCSE results data released alongside the Progress 8 scores shows that the number of pupils achieving grade 9 to 4 passes in English and maths has dropped slightly from 62.8pc to 62.4pc.

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The number achieving a grade 5 or higher in English and maths dropped from 39.8 to 39.6pc, below the national average of 43.3pc.

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Stuart Dark, chairman of the children's services committee at Norfolk County Council, said: 'These results are a credit to the hard works of students and teachers across Norfolk's schools.

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'It is important that we build on the successes and continue to be ambitious for education standards in our county.

'Norfolk has a high number of good or outstanding schools and we are investing significant funds into buildings and SEND facilities to support the County's children and teaching staff.'

School standards minister Nick Gibb said: 'Making sure that all pupils, regardless of their background, are able to fulfil their potential is one of this government's key priorities and these results show that more pupils across the country are doing just that.

'It's been clear for some time that standards are rising in our schools and today's data underlines the role academies and free schools are playing in that improvement, with progress above the national average and impressive outcomes for disadvantaged pupils.'

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