GCSE exam results best by children in care
Children in care posted the best set of GCSE results on record.
Forty-three per cent of students achieved five or more A* to C passes this summer – the highest rate Leicestershire has seen and seven per cent up on last year.
Leicestershire County Council has 400 children in its care and supports them through one-to-one tuition, mentoring and youth work.
Sarah McGeechan, 16, from Loughborough received her GCSE results in August.
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She has now started a level one childcare diploma at Loughborough College.
She said: "I chose the course because my experience of being in care has always made me want to work with and help kids.
"I'm enjoying the whole course.
"I really love doing practical work with babies and young children.
"I would love to study more and eventually become a midwife."
Councillor Ivan Ould, county council cabinet member for the children and young people's service, said: "These are great results and I would like to congratulate the young people on their achievements.
"The rise indicates the continuing progress being made by our young people in education, enabling them to move forward and achieve even better things in the future.
"The council's decision some years ago to set up a dedicated education service for children in care is vindicated by these results and I would like to congratulate our staff for their excellent efforts."