Barbara has welcomed the news that GCSE results in Salford are improving faster than almost anywhere else in the country.
Recently released figures show an improvement of nearly 8% in the number of Salford pupils achieving five or more A*-C grades between 2006 and 2007– the second biggest increase in the country. This came together with the news that Salford is England’s top 15 most improved local authorities at GSCE since 1998.
“This is very good news. I have seen for myself the incredibly hard work put in by staff, pupils, parents and governors in Worsley and all across Salford, and their work is paying off. As the figures since 1998 show, education in Salford has been slowly improving for a number of years, but the achievements are accelerating now and we must build on this and continue to improve in the years ahead."
Barbara had a special word for St George’s in Walkden, which is threatened with closure:
“61% of GCSE pupils at St George’s achieved 5 of more A*-C grades this year, which is higher than both the Salford and the national average. St George’s has again proved itself to be one of the best schools in the area and its closure would be a huge loss to the community, which is why I am campaigning to try to keep St George’s open.”