Teachers in London could have reason to be cheerful, following the news that the region is the best performer in terms of league table rankings.
The latest tables, which were published on January 13th, showed that London is now top placed among the English regions, with 54 per cent of pupils attaining five GCSEs including English and maths at grade A*-C.
In 1997, 29.9 per cent of schools achieved this level.
Schools minister Vernon Coaker spoke positively of the results: "Thanks to record investment in teachers and schools, coupled with the hard work of pupils, teachers and schools, the improvement in standards means since 1997, over 600,000 more students have left schools with at least five good GCSEs."
He added that he is determined to see every child in the country achieve a world class education, no matter what their background.
Fewer schools also fell in to the category of National Challenge schools, indicating an improvement in the number of education institutions where more than 30 per cent of pupils achieved five good GCSEs including maths and English.
Written by Tim Colman