GCSEs: WILL IT BE 6 OF BEST? [Liverpool Echo (England)]
(Liverpool Echo (England) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) LIVERPOOL was hoping to make it "six of the best" as thousands of Merseyside pupils picked up their GCSE results today.
Just a week after ALevel students in the city beat their national counterparts, the baton has been passed to GCSE students.
Among headteachers "quietly confident" Liverpool pupils would smash the national average for the sixth summer in a row was Jane Griffiths, headteacher of city-centre secondary Archbishop Blanch.
The school is expecting one of the most successful set of GCSE results in its history.
It follows moves to implement a raft of measures, including using government money to give extra one-to-one support and educational trips, particularly for pupils from low income backgrounds.
Pupils have also been able to access extra revision classes in the holidays.
Miss Griffiths said: "It would be fantastic if pupils beat the national average again.
"The city deserves it and all our secondary schools work so hard." In Knowsley, students were hoping to build on last year's success which saw pupils easily beat the Government's minimum target that 40% of pupils manage at least five Cs or above including maths and English.
Wirral and Sefton students are also set to chalk up another year of improvements.
Today, Liverpoolborn Ann Pickering - human resources director at mobile phone giant O2 - said pupils looking to their futures should "think about unconventional careers". She added: "When employers receive thousands of applications each year, it can be difficult to stand out from the crowd.
"Make it easy for a recruiter or manager to put you through to the next stage by matching your skills with the ones that they've asked for in the job description."
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