STUDENTS across Gloucestershire have excelled themselves once again with a sparkling set of exam results.
Results published today by the Department for Education show Gloucestershire schools were second in the South West for pupils achieving five GCSE passes at grades A*-C, including English and maths.
The county is also in the top 25 per cent of local authorities nationally – 33rd out of 152 local authorities.
In 2012, 62.3 per cent of Gloucestershire pupils achieved at least five GCSE passes at grades A*-C, including English and Maths, compared to 58.4 per cent of students nationally.
This figure has dropped only slightly from 62.9 per cent in Gloucestershire last year, while the previous year, 2010, the figure was at 60.1 per cent, and in 2009 it was 58 per cent.
Sir Thomas Rich's School, in Longlevens, was among the top schools in the county with all 116 pupils who sat their GCSEs getting five or more grades at A*-C. Furthermore, all 118 A-level students got three or more grades at A*-E.
Headteacher Ian Kellie said: "We had our best ever GCSE results from a hard-working and committed Year 11 group, supported by our excellent teaching staff.
"It is encouraging to see the school continue to progress and achieve ever-higher standards. Youngsters are under considerable pressure to achieve, so we are always pleased when they realise their potential, at both GCSE and A-level."
At the Crypt School in Podsmead all 115 GCSE pupils got grades at A*-C while 98 per cent of the 92 A-level students got three or more grades in the A*-E bracket.
Headteacher Jonathan Standen said: "Another excellent set of results for students at The Crypt School. Well done to them for their efforts last summer, and also to their teachers."
Around 7,000 young people in Gloucestershire schools took GCSEs last year, most of them at the end of their fifth year of secondary school.
Gloucestershire county councillor Jackie Hall, cabinet member for education and skills, said: "It is pleasing to see Gloucestershire's results are again well ahead of the national average and we're leading the way in the region. I would like to congratulate all the young people on their results. These results are a testament to all the hard work of pupils and staff."