Performance tables published today show fewer secondary schools failing to meet Government standards - but dozens are under-performing, some to a 'scandalous' extent says one education expert.
Many of Kent's grammar schools are under attack for 'coasting', and failing to get the best out of bright pupils. Meanwhile there are mixed results for the region's academies: schools that opted out of local authority control.
Kent's top performers include Folkestone School for Girls. Bottom of the league - Castle Community College in Deal, the High Weald Academy at Cranbrook and The Marlowe Academy in Ramsgate.
At the top in Sussex - Brighton College, where 100 percent of pupils achieved A star - to C grade GCSEs - for the third year running. In Essex, the performance of Westcliff High School for Girls is the second best in England. Our report is by Andrea Thomas.
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