Official government figures show that pupils in Barking and Dagenham's secondary schools have achieved record breaking GCSE results for 2009. 

The Key Stage 4 achievement and attainment tables published by the Department of Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) show how Barking and Dagenham was the most improved Local Authority in Outer London since 1998.

Barking and Dagenham Council has climbed 21 places from 127 to 106 in terms of 5 or more A* - C grades over the past year, and all secondary schools performed above the DCSF target of 30 per cent of pupils achieving 5 or more A*-C grades including English and Maths.

Following last year's results, the number of pupils achieving five or more A*- C grades, including English and Maths, has risen by 5.9 per cent from 39.2 per cent in 2008 to 45.1 per cent in 2009. There was a similar pattern at 5+ A*- C with 67.4 per cent of pupils in the borough achieving this level in 2009, up by 9.0 per cent from 2008 (58.4%).

Jon Cruddas MP, said: "I'm proud of the achievements of local pupils and teachers. Secondary schools have been transformed over the last ten years with greater investment and new facilities that allow teachers and pupils to realise their full potential."