SCHOOLS in and around Worthing have bucked the national trend with a rise in top GSCE exam results.

Thousands of pupils received their results this morning, queuing nervously before being handed that important brown envelope.

Across the country the proportion of exam entries graded between an A* and a C was 68.1 per cent, down from 69.4 per cent last year.

The proportion getting an A* or an A also fell from 22.4 per cent to 21.3 per cent.

There was a big fall in pupils getting top grades in the sciences, following the introduction of new syllabuses and exams.

But there was good news for Durrington High School which achieved a record high of 65 per cent of pupils gaining five A* to C grades including maths and English, having constantly improved year-on-year for the last decade.

Chatsmore’s results were up 16 per cent on last year with the number of pupils achieving five GCSEs at A* to C including maths and English up to 59 per cent.

Davison, Worthing High and St Andrew’s saw smaller improvements, with Davison three per cent up and Worthing High and St Andrew’s two per cent up each.

Our Lady of Sion School saw a drop of three per cent of pupils achieving five grades A* to C including English and maths, down to 95.9 per cent.

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