A Level students celebrate their achievements

Students across Northumberland have been celebrating their achievements today in what has been an extremely good year for A Levels taken in the county.

Most of the schools in Northumberland have posted better results than they did in 2017 and, across the county overall, more students have achieved higher grades and will be going on to the their first choice of higher education or employment.

The average grade for each A Level taken has risen from a C to C+, with 13 schools achieving at least a Grade C or above for each student.  In addition, the average point score has risen from 30.74 to 32.13, with over half of the county’s schools achieving well above the 2017 national average.

Eight schools bettered their 2017 figures for students achieving the highest grades (AAB) in two or more facilitating subjects, with Ponteland High School and The Duchess School at Alnwick tripling, and Astley High School almost doubling, their outcomes from last year.

Councillor Wayne Daley, cabinet member for children’s services at Northumberland County Council said: “We are celebrating a great year with some really good performances by individual students across our schools and academies.  This is testament to the hard work of students and their teachers and I would like to congratulate all those who have taken exams this year.  

“A Level results day is such an important day in student lives as it can affect future dreams and aspirations.  We are determined as a council to build on successes and work with our schools and academies to provide them with the tools and buildings they need to help all young people excel.”

Cllr Daley and Dean Jackson, Northumberland’s Director of Education, visited James Calvert Spence College in Amble this morning to meet with students as they received their results.

Headteacher at the school, Neil Rodgers, said:  “I am really proud of all of our youngsters today - we have seen some fantastic successes this morning.  The vast majority are going on to their first choice destination as a result of their achievements, and this is a testament to their hard work and determination, as well to the excellent support they have received from staff here at school.  I am really proud of all of our young people, and can’t praise the staff enough.”

Many students across Northumberland received offers at their first choice university and others have decided to earn as they learn by opting for a more vocational route.   Apprenticeships are proving to be a great way of growing talent for the future as well as helping young people start their careers.

Cllr Daley added: “The world is changing and although many students are cut out for a traditional academic route, others have decided to fast track themselves into the job market by choosing an apprenticeship.  

“We also shouldn’t forget those students with special educational needs and challenges who have excelled at the end of the school year with great results.

“We would also like to thank staff and parents for all their hard work and support.”
 
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