Over half of students left Lincolnshire schools with positive English and Maths GCSE results last year but the county still continues to trail the national average in terms of academic attainment.
Department for Education provisional statistics have shown that 54.8% of students in the county gained five or more A* to C grades in their GCSEs, including in English and Maths.
The rate is below the national average of 56.3% but above the East Midlands average of 53%, and far higher than in cities such as Nottingham, Derby and Leicester.
In Lincoln and the surrounding areas, the picture is decidedly mixed, with many schools far exceeding the national average but others falling short.
Leading the way in the city was The Priory Academy LSST, with nearly 90% of pupils receiving at least five A* to Cs, including Maths and English.
Ian Jones, headteacher at the academy, said: “We are very proud to have maintained our record as one of the top-performing non-selective state schools in the country.
“Our GCSE results are a tribute to the exceptionally hard work of our students and staff, as well as to the unwavering support provided by parents and carers.
“Schools across the region are working extremely hard to provide the best possible outcomes for their students and our approach is no different to that. We are part of an increasingly collaborative environment which has the same shared objectives.”
Other schools with positive results included Branston Community Academy, William Farr CofE Comprehensive School in Welton, and Sir Robert Pattinson School in North Hykeham.
Indeed one pupil from Branston Community Academy achieved a perfect score in one of her exams.
Katie Brocklehurst scored 100% in her Geography GCSE exam, which was one of the nine A* grades she attained.
The 16-year-old said: “I am really thrilled and astonished to have achieved such an amazing mark.
“Geography is my favourite subject and I worked hard for the GCSEs but to get a perfect score is amazing. A lot of credit should go to my teachers, though. Their support and help was crucial.”
Schools which didn’t fare as well included the Cherry Willingham Community School, which was put in special measures over the summer, Lincoln Christ’s Hospital School, Lincoln Castle Academy and The Priory City of Lincoln Academy, with 46% of pupils achieving 5+ A* to C grades, including English and Maths.
The Priory Witham Academy and St Peter and St Paul Catholic Voluntary Academy were the two schools with the worst results, with just 37% and 34% achieving five A* to C grades including in Maths and English.
Results for the Lincoln Minster School and Lincoln University Technical College were not disclosed in the findings.
The data published by the Department for Education is based on provisional data from this summer’s GCSE results before the appeals process.
It has been released to provide information for parents submitting application forms for secondary school places for September 2016.
Full secondary school league tables will be published in January.