OVERALL young people in Lancashire make below average progress during their time in secondary schools.

Figures show that 43.9 per cent of school leavers left with a strong pass in English and maths, which was higher than the national average.

But there were plenty of individual school achievements, with pupils making above average progress in some schools.

Top for progress and results in the Ribble Valley was Clitheroe Royal Grammar School where an astonishing 98.3 per cent of pupils left with a top mark in maths and English. Children also made above average progress during their time there. In Pendle, Pendle Vale College was top for progress, with young people making above average progress. Number one for results was Colne Park High School, where 32 per cent achieved strong passes in the core subjects.

In Burnley, no school scored “above average” for progress. Number one school for progress was Sir John Thursby Community College, where children made average progress. The school with the best results was Burnley High School, where 52.4 per cent achieved the tougher higher grades.

In Hyndburn the top performing school was Accrington’s St Christopher’s. Progress was average and just over 49 per cent gained top grades. At Haslingden High School children made above average progress. And half of children gained top grades in English and maths.