Bristol GCSE results 'not matching schools investment'

GCSE results in Bristol are failing to match the massive investment in the city's secondary schools, a report to the council has revealed.

The city council has spent £80m in nearly 10 years on new buildings in an attempt to help improve performance.

The authority hoped that updated classrooms would lead to better teaching and results.

The council said the report does recognise "major gains" made over the last three years.

'Major gains'

The report, which will go before the Children's Services Scrutiny Commission on Monday, said performance needed to match the "outstanding" surroundings in most secondary schools.

The report also questioned the GCSE results from Bristol's 10 academies - three were below the government's expected standard.

It called for schools to address their weaknesses and to seek outside help if needed.

A Bristol City Council spokeswoman said: "The independent assessment of school results in Bristol does recognise the major gains made over the last three years - a 30% improvement in students gaining at least five A*- C with English and maths , compared to 21% nationally.

"Quality new school buildings, strong local leadership and continued support are being recognised by parents who are increasing choosing local secondary schools."

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