Yorkshire and Humber GCSE results England's worst

Schools in Yorkshire and the Humber have produced the worst GCSE results in England for the fourth year in a row, new statistics reveal.

The figures show 54.1% of pupils in the region gained five or more GCSE A* to C grades, including English and maths.

That percentage is the lowest in the country, according to the Department for Education (DfE) statistics.

The DfE figures also rank Barnsley, Hull and Bradford among the 10 worst areas for GCSE success.

'Consistently improve'

The DfE statistics show that 58.3% of pupils across England gained five or more GCSE A* to C grades, including English and maths, which is seen as a government benchmark for GCSE success.

Schools in Barnsley are ranked third lowest in England for the percentage of their pupils reaching that benchmark, standing at just 43.8%.

Meanwhile, schools in Hull are ranked fifth from bottom, according to the DfE statistics, standing at 45.8%.

However, the figures also show GCSE results in those places have shown a steady improvement over the past three years.

Vanessa Harvey-Samuel, Hull City Council's Head of Localities and Learning, said overall achievement in the city's schools was "the highest we've seen".

"Many schools have achieved their best ever results," she said.

"Inevitably people look to the league tables to see where Hull is placed in comparison to other cities, and we are determined to climb that ladder over the coming years.

"These results show that we are well on the way to achieving our goals and that we can consistently improve each year."

The DfE will publish league tables showing the performance of individual schools in England later this year.

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