MORE pupils have gained the key five ‘good’ GCSEs – with schools recording their best-ever results.

Caldicot School saw its proportion of five A*-Cs rise by more than 15 per cent to 83.2 per cent.

Dene Magna at Mitcheldean saw a 10 per cent increase in the proportion of students achieving five or more GCSEs at grades A* to C.

John Kyrle High School at Ross reported its best-ever results including a pass rate of 67.5 per cent of five or more A*-C grades.

At Monmouth Compre­hensive, 98.5 per cent of pupils achieved the bench­mark, an increase of more than five per cent while at Chepstow School the figure was 87 per cent.

At Chepstow, pupils Matthew Blore and Sam Morse each achieved an A* in English literature two years early.

The pass rate at the benchmark at Newent School was 66 per cent with 22 pupils achieving at least five A* or A grades.

The Dean Academy at Lydney saw “significant in­creases in the performance” of several subjects including 100 per cent getting A*-C in additional maths, 93 per cent in physics and 90 per cent in French.

Students at Wyedean School in Sedbury racked up the largest-ever number of A* and A grades – 376.

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