Students in Horsham district seem to have bucked the trend in GCSE results this year as they head for the start of A level studies this month.
Nationally GCSE success rates are reported to show a decline.
But local head teachers report delight at 2016 results (see reports inside) and county education bosses said students had performed better than the national average.
West Sussex County Council has congratulated students in schools across the county, including Horsham district.
It said: “Based on the provisional results received from schools it seems likely that the overall performance for the county has improved from last year.
National media reports suggest early results for schools this year have shown a decline. However, West Sussex appears to have bucked this trend.
Results shared by most of West Sussex schools, as measured by the 5A*-C including English and maths, have improved from last year’s result of 60 per cent to around 61.5 per cent this year – a 1.5 per cent rise.
Although the figures need to be validated later this year, once again the rise is likely to place West Sussex above the national average.”
Christine Field, Acting Cabinet Member for Education and Skills congratulated all West Sussex students studying in Local Authority maintained schools, academies and colleges on their achievements.
She said: “I am delighted that students in West Sussex have managed to buck the national trend and have achieved so well. Our increased performance this year is a tribute to our dedicated students and their teachers, school leaders and, most importantly, the parents and carers that have supported their youngsters in progressing to the next stage of their education.”
Typical of positive local reactions was Nick Wergar, head of Steyning Grammar, who said: “In a changing educational world these are an excellent set of results”.
Next year changes in the way results are classed begin, with Maths and English given numbered marks instead of the current alphabetic ones.