Students in Barking and Dagenham are passing GCSE exams at a rate above the national average for the first time, according to government statistics.
Figures from the Department for Education show that 59.3 per cent of Year 11 pupils received five or more A-C grades, compared with the national average of 58.6 per cent.
The results are the highest ever achieved in the borough.
Kevin Wilson, headteacher at All Saints Catholic School in Dagenham, told the Barking and Dagenham Post: "In just a few years we’ve gone from being one of the worst-achieving boroughs to beating the national average.
"The students’ aspirations have risen. The levels of expectations have changed on all sides, from parents, schools and the local authority."
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