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WELSH SCHOOLS IMPROVE PERFORMANCES, SAYS HAGUE

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Welsh school's exam results have improved significantly, the secretary of state for Wales said today. ...
Welsh school's exam results have improved significantly, the secretary of state for Wales said today.

Announcing the publication of the Welsh schools' Performance Information Booklets, Mr Hague said:

'I welcome the improvement that has been made in examination results of Welsh schools in recent years. The number of pupils achieving five top grade GCSEs has increased in over 70% of secondary schools in Wales. This is shown by our new rolling average which compares school performances in 1992-94 with 1993-95.

'This year's tables show that 41% of 15-year-old pupils achieved five or more GCSE grades A to C - an improvement of 2% on 1994. performance at A and AS level matched that achieved in 1994, again an improvement on 1992 results.

'Four years ago two thirds of out 16-year-olds stayed on at school or went into further education. Now, nearly three-quarters do so.

'These booklets provide parents with a valuable source of data which will help them make better informed choices about their children's education.

'Published as part of the government's pledges under the citizen's charter the tables make a significant contribution to out continuing efforts to raise standards and educational achievement.

'I hope that parents will be able to make use of the data in their discussions with schools and colleges. I turn I hope schools and colleges will use the information to help identify their strengths and weaknesses, and set targets for improvement.'

- Percentage of pupils aged 15 who achieved five or more GCSE grades A - C at local authority maintained schools in 1995:

Powys 50

Dyfed 47

Gwynedd 42

Clwyd 42

South Glamorgan 41

West Glamorgan 38

Gwent 37

Mid Glamorgan 33.

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