Buckinghamshire council run schools are among the top eight best performing in the borough results of the Key Stage 4 exams show.

Last week the Government released the first secondary school performance data since the Covid outbreak.

The figures show how well schools performed in their GCSE exams this summer and also reflect progress made while children are at secondary school.

The exams are taken by final year secondary school pupils.

Top performing school was Dr Challoner's Grammar School in Amersham, an Ofsted graded outstanding school, where 99 per cent reached a Grade 5 or above in English & maths GCSEs.

Pupils here achieve over half a grade higher in each qualification on average, compared to similar pupils across the country.

Number two was Dr Challoner's High School, an academy run school, where 99 per cent also achieved a Grade 5 or above in English & maths GCSEs. Overall children made above average progress.

Headteacher David Atkinson told the Free Press said: "I am delighted that our students’ aspiration, commitment and hard work led to such excellent results last year.

"They should be very proud of the way they have responded to the travails of the pandemic.

"It’s great to see them pursuing the next steps in their education this year with such secure grounding.

"I’d also like to thank their teachers for their unstinting efforts and their parents for their invaluable support.”

Also in the top five were Beaconsfield High School and The Royal Grammar School, High Wycombe -one of which is a grammar school.

Aylesbury High School, Chesham Grammar School, John Hampden Grammar School and Wycombe High School also performed well.

Department for education chiefs warned that school performance data for the 2022/23 academic year should be used with caution given the ongoing impacts of the ovid-19 pandemic, which affected individual schools and pupils differently.

School performance data should be considered alongside a range of other information about the school, which could include looking at school websites, reading Ofsted reports, and speaking to the school directly. Conclusions should not be drawn on a single piece of data alone.