There are some indications that Leicester’s GCSE results could really be something to write home about next summer.
After two or three years of steady progress by the schools with the lowest grades (apart from Fullhurst Community College where the pass-rate fell last year), next August we could witness a major breakthrough.
As we report in tomorrow’s Leicester Mercury, some students have taken their GCSEs early and many have already secured the necessary grades. These scores don’t get published yet – they are all combined to form an overall total in the summer – but they do provide an indication of whether grades are going up or down.
Quite rightly head teachers don’t want to tempt fate or appear prematurely jubliant.
But it’s quite possible that no school in Leicester will be in the Government’s National Challenge category of so-called failing schools where fewer than 30% of pupils achieve five GCSEs of at least a C including English and maths this year. A couple of years ago there were five schools.
Every year I’ve been an education correspondent I seem to have written the “Exam results better than ever!” story. This time it really would be an achievement worth celebrating.