Kirklees students’ GCSE results are improving and are now more than 3% above the national average in England.

They continue to buck the trend and the overall picture locally is an improving one – nearly 10% improvement over the last three years – despite the national trend being downwards.

Last night the Department for Education (DfE) released the official 2013 GCSE figures for all English secondary schools. They follow the unconfirmed results published last August. The verified statistics for Kirklees are slightly better than originally thought.

Nationally, the proportion of A* to C including English and maths has fallen for the second year running, down to 59.2%. In Kirklees the average is 62.6%, but with wide variations.

Heckmondwike Grammar School’s position as top of the form was confirmed with 100% pass rate. Other high fliers were Huddersfield Grammar School (89%), Mirfield Free Grammar (82%), Batley Grammar (81%) and Honley High (78%).

The Institute of Islamic Education, Dewsbury, was at the other end of the scale with a pass rate of 23% for its 22 eligible pupils.

A spokesman for Kirklees Council said: “62.6% of students achieved the key benchmark of at least five A* to C grades, including English and maths.

“This is an improvement on last year, even though there had been a warning from the exams watchdog, Ofqual, that grades could fall nationally due to exam papers being toughened up.

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“Schools across Kirklees should be congratulated on their dedication and achievement.

“GCSE results are the outcome of 12 years in the schools system and they reflect the tremendous hard work of staff and students.”

In Calderdale, Crossley Heath also had a 100% pass rate. All of the Calderdale schools near Huddersfield have a pass rate of 61% or more.

Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Young People’s Services, Councillor Megan Swift, said: “I’m delighted that our young people have achieved such good results this year, and I would like to congratulate all students and staff in Calderdale schools.

“This well-deserved success is down to the hard work of pupils, but also of families and schools who have provided amazing support and encouragement.”