Cllr Helen Boyd, cabinet member for children and learning, said:
“It is fantastic to see that our young people are achieving such good results against the national picture, even in areas where there has been a slight drop from our 2017 performance.
“I was particularly pleased to see that the average point score measurement for early years learning, places us in the top 20 of all local authorities, as this shows we are giving the right support to our children at the very start of their education and that should stand them in good stead for school and the learning environment.
“I was also pleased to find we are the 9th placed local authority for having students with grades AAB at A-Level or key stage 5, as again this shows we are providing our young people with the educational skills to head off to higher education or the workforce with confidence.
“Education from start to finish in Southend continues to both improve and outperform against national benchmarks. The council works closely with schools and other providers through the Southend Education Board,
where we are all able to work together to continue to improve the education we provide the adults of the future. Well done to all involved.”
Early Years (aged 2-4):
74% are achieving a ‘good level of development’ compared to 72% nationally.
Infants (key stage 1, year 2, aged 7):
25% in reading, 19% in writing and 25% in mathematics, compared to 26%, 16% and 22% nationally.
key stage 2, year 6, aged 11:
69% of Southend pupils are achieving or exceeding the expected standard in reading, writing, maths and grammar, punctuation and spelling, compared to the national average of 64%.
Secondary school (GCSE, key stage 4):
52% of students gained an average 8, compared to 46.5% nationally, 71.5% of students achieved A*-C or 9-4 in English and Maths with the national average being 64.2%.
Sixth form or college (A-Level, key stage 5):
27.4% of students resulted in AAB or better compared to 21.1% nationally. Students achieving three or more A* or A grades was 15.7% compared to 12.9% nationally.