Swindon students' GCSE results have won the praise of Swindon Borough Council.
More than 2,000 pupils in schools across Swindon have received their results this week.
Provisional results show that 73% of Swindon pupils attained a Grade 4 or above and 50% attained a Grade 5 or above in both English and Maths GCSEs.
Under the grading system, which has been gradually phased in since 2017, GCSEs are ranked on a 9-1 scale, where 9 is the top grade and a Grade 4 is a pass, roughly in line with the former Grade C.
This year, results have been awarded on centre assessed grades provided by schools as exams were cancelled due to the pandemic.
Schools followed strict grading criteria and submitted results in June. The results reflect the centre assessed grades after Exam Board validation.
Cllr Tim Swinyard, Swindon Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Levelling Up, Communities and Place, said: “This has been an extremely difficult year for pupils taking all exams in our education settings in Swindon. A very special well done should be given to all participating and those teaching and supporting students.
"We want to wish you the best of luck in your future education.”