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Local schools celebrate GCSE success

Local schools including Notre Dame and Geoffrey Chaucer are celebrating exam results which have contributed to a record Southwark-wide result.

Provisional results indicate that Southwark's sixteen year olds have reached record levels of attainment in their GCSE exams, showing increases for the sixth year in a row.

At Notre Dame RC Girls' School in St George's Road, the 5 A• to C results came in at 68 per cent, up eight points from last year.

Geoffrey Chaucer Technology College in Harper Road – which has had a difficult recent history – has also showed a significant seven percentage point increase on last year's results.

Geoffrey Chaucer school is due to merge with neighbouring Joseph Lancaster Primary School to become a new 3-19 City Academy.

"It's extremely encouraging that Southwark's pupils have achieved record levels at higher grades in GCSE and in their KS2 results, and that this is a continuing trend year on year," says Cllr Caroline Pidgeon, Southwark's executive member for children's services and education.

"These results are the outcome of lots of hard work and determination from pupils, and also education staff, so I'd like to congratulate everyone who worked to make this happen.

"With our school improvement team and new management structure we'll be doing all we can to support pupils and schools and to keep on pushing attainment in this direction."

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