SCHOOLS in Henley and South Oxfordshire are celebrating record GCSE results.
Most of the schools in the area equalled or bettered their records despite the overall national pass rate falling for the first time in the exam?s 25-year history.
At Gillotts School in Henley, 90 per cent of pupils achieved five or more passes at grades A* to C, four per cent lower than last year.
The proportion including English and maths was 72 per cent, equalling the school?s best ever result last year.
Headteacher Catherine Darnton said the 171 pupils had produced ?outstanding? results.
She said: ?Over recent years we have seen a marked improvement in results at Gillotts and we are delighted that this year?s results have taken us forward again to a new high.?
Students at Langtree School in Woodcote set a new school record with 79 per cent of students achieving five or more A* to C grades, nine per cent more than last year.
Sixty-two per cent achieved five or more A* to C grades including English and maths, compared with 51 per cent last year.
Pupils at Highdown School in Emmer Green achieved the school?s highest ever pass rate, with 74 of students achieving five or more A* to C grades (64 per cent with English and maths).
Icknield Community College in Watlington achieved record results for the second consecutive year with 55 per cent of pupils achieving five passes at A* to C including English and maths.
In the independent sector, 87 per cent of pupils at the Oratory School in Woodcote achieved five or more A* to C grades, a nine per cent decrease on last year.
The proportion with English and maths dropped by six per cent to 85 per cent.
At Hemdean House School in Caversham 83 per cent of pupils achieved five passes at grades A* to C, including English and maths, compared with 81.8 per cent last year.
Ninety-two per cent achieved five or more passes at grades A* to C