OFFICIAL GCSE results published today show schools in Oxfordshire are doing better than the national average. 

The Department for Education has released figures which showed 59.4 per cent of Oxfordshire pupils taking their exams at the end of Year 11 in 2014 got five A* to C grades, including English and maths.

The national average for the same benchmark is 53.4 per cent, with Oxfordshire coming number 44 out of the country’s local authorities.

But despite being higher than the national average than last year, grades have slipped.

In 2013 60.6 per cent of pupils reached the same level.

Teachers have previously blamed the slip on the fact the Government now insists that schools exclude resits from official results. 

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