It’s a victory for the fairer sex.

Girls far outperform boys at their GCSEs in schools across Kirklees - and the gap is getting wider.

Exclusive Examiner analysis of last year’s GCSE exam results from official Government statistics show that there is a 12.5% point gap between the number of girls and boys in Kirklees who achieve at least five grades between A* to C, including in English and maths.

Some 61.9% of girls in Kirklees achieved this benchmark result, while only 49.4% of boys managed to do the same.

Only the East Riding of Yorkshire and parts of Teesside have a wider gap between how girls and boys do in the exams in Yorkshire.

Colne Valley High School GCSE results day.

The gap between girls and boys shrank overall in last summer’s results - but not in Kirklees.

Girls did better than boys by 10.1 percentage points nationally in 2014/15, down from 10.7 the year before.

But in Kirklees the gap jumped from 8.7 to 12.5 percentage points.

In Calderdale it shrank from 8.9 to 7.4 points.

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Girls have done better than boys in GCSEs in England for some years now.

This is reflected in the data - girls outperformed boys almost everywhere around the country.

Percentage of boys and girls getting five A*-C, including English and Maths, 2014/15:

Local Authority Boys Girls Percentage point gap
Kirklees 49.4 61.9 12.5
Calderdale 56.9 64.3 7.4