The area's best performing schools have been revealed.

Figures released by the Department for Education show how well schools did in this summer's GCSE results.

This is the second year schools have been ranked using the Attainment 8 grading system after changes were made to how exams are assessed.

Attainment 8 is an average score across eight subjects taken at GCSE, which includes English and maths.

Progress 8 marks the progress made between the end of key stage 2 and the end of key stage 4, compared to pupils across England who got similar results at the end of key stage 2.

Yate Academy achieved the best progress 8 score in the region of 0.67, well above the national average.

Headteacher Isabel Ambrose said she was 'absolutely thrilled' by the result.

"We have seen a dramatic increase in results across all subjects.

"I want to say a big thank you to all the staff and students.

"We are really proud to have such a successful school in the heart to Yate," she said.

The Castle School, Thornbury, and Katharine Lady Berkeley's School in Wotton both achieved the highest Attainment 8 scores in the region of 51.5

Castle headteacher Peter Smart said: "The Castle School continues to maintain a strong position in the school league tables.

"The Progress 8 score of 0.17 is above average and places Castle in the top 30 per cent of schools nationally on this measure.

"The students worked hard to achieve these outcomes with the help of their committed teachers and supportive parents and carers."

Overall South Gloucestershire's Attainment 8 score of 44.7 was fractionally higher than the national average.

The region's Progress 8 score of -0.18 was slightly below England's -0.02.

Gloucestershire's Attainment 8 score of 49.4 was higher than the national average of 44.3 and its Progress 8 score was 0.02.

Progress 8:

Yate Academy - 0.67

Castle School - 0.17

KLB - 0.03

Brisham Green -0.06

Rednock -0.2

Chipping Sodbury -0.25

Marlwood -0.37

Attainment 8:

KLB/Castle – 51.5

Yate Academy – 50

Rednock - 45.1

Brisham – 44.9

Marlwood – 43.5

Chipping Sodbury - 42.6