A-level and GCSE league tables: Leicester city schools achieve 2012 targets
All city schools under local authority control achieved the Government's target for GCSE results last summer.
The results are an improvement on the previous year, when one city school failed to reach the benchmark.
Leicester's success comes after Whitehall raised the target for schools last year, demanding at least 40 per cent of pupils achieved five or more A* to C grades in their GCSEs, including English and maths.
In 2011, the target was 35 per cent.
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The schools hit the target despite a national outrage over English GCSE grades. Teachers complained exam boards moved grade boundaries and marked papers too harshly.
A judicial review is now under way into the process.
Councillor Vi Dempster, the city council's assistant mayor for schools, said: "Having no local authority schools below the floor target is phenomenal progress considering where the city was just six years ago.
"This is fantastic news."
The proportion of 16-year-olds in Leicester getting five good GCSEs, including English and maths, in 2006 was 33.5 per cent.
Two city schools which are not under local authority control, Samworth Enterprise Academy, off Saffron Lane, and Darul Uloom, an independent school, did not reach the benchmark. Coun Dempster said the city council would be happy to work with those schools.
Overall, 51.5 per cent of 16-year-olds at local authority-controlled schools in the city achieved the Government's benchmark.
An overall figure was not available for city schools not in local authority control.
The target is due to rise to 50 per cent in 2015.
English Martyrs, in Beaumont Leys, was Leicester's top performing school, with 68 per cent of pupils getting the required marks, up 1 per cent on the year before.
Head Marius Carney said: "We're delighted. Students are very aware of how important results can be, but we also pride ourselves on developing them as a person."
Soar Valley College, in Rushey Mead, was also among the city's best, with 66 per cent of pupils reaching the benchmark last summer, compared to 62 per cent in 2011.
Head Mel Berry said: "Had our English results not been affected, along with many other schools, our results would be even better. However, we're absolutely delighted."
Babington College, in Beaumont Leys, recorded its best results, with 45 per cent of pupils hitting the benchmark.
Head Denise Newsome said: "These were excellent results for our students. I'm proud of them."
The biggest improvement was by The Lancaster School, in Knighton, where 55 per cent of pupils got the required grades including English and maths last summer, compared to 43 per cent the year before.
At the two schools out of local authority control that failed to reach the benchmark, Samworth Enterprise Academy and Darul Uloom, the figures were 33 per cent and 35 per cent respectively.
Samworth has lodged a formal complaint with its exam board over this summer's English results and is considering legal action.
Judgemeadow College, in Evington, was also disappointed with its results, as 47 per cent of pupils achieved the target, compared to 67 per cent the year before.
Head Rob Summers said: "Our problems stemmed from the issue around English results and some maths results, too. Like many schools we're awaiting the judicial review."
Meanwhile, two schools in the county recorded results below the Government's threshold – William Bradford, in Earl Shilton, where 31 per cent of pupils hit the target, down 10 points on the year before, and Longslade Community College, in Birstall, where 39 per cent achieved the required grades, compared to 45 per cent previously.
In total, 56.7 per cent of 16-year-olds in state or maintained schools in Leicestershire – schools controlled by the county council – reached the threshold.
As with the city, an overall figure was not available for those not in local authority control.
Caroline Churchill, head of William Bradford, said: "Sixty-four of our students were affected by the English grades. Until the judicial review concludes we feel as though our results remain invalidated."
Liz Hall, principal at Longslade, said: "We're very disappointed with our headline GCSE results as the marking of English papers had a significant impact upon them."
At Beauchamp College, in Oadby, 74 per cent of students achieved the benchmark – a rise of 1 per cent – making it the top performing state school in the county.
Head teacher Hugh Howe said he was pleased with the school's consistently high scores.
John Ferneley, in Melton, recorded the biggest leap in the county, up from 56 per cent to 71 per cent last summer.
A spokesman for the county council said: "We'll be talking to schools below the Government's threshold of 40 per cent about their plans to improve the quality of learning."
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NOTE: Some independent schools’ results differ from those published in the summer by the Mercury as on that occasion we included IGCSEs – International General Certificate in Secondary Education. One IGCSE is equivalent to one GCSE but exams take place at the end of the course rather than throughout it.
The IGCSE is seen by many head teachers as more demanding. However, not all are fully accredited and these are not included in the Department for Education league tables. Therefore, results may appear to be lower.