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Essex drops below national average for GCSE results
ESSEX has fallen behind the national average for GCSE results.
The county has had a higher percentage of students achieving five A* to C grades since 2006/7.
However the introduction of international GCSEs has seen the national average rise to 58.9 per cent - for 2010/11.
Essex has a rate of 58.2 per cent.
Essex County Council, in a committee report, put the fall below the national average down to the high number of GCSEs taken in independent schools.