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Another improvement in A-Level results

Students across Beverley and the East Riding are celebrating their exam success, as early indications show that all schools and academies have again improved their A-level results, which look set to be the best ever. The majority of East Riding schools have achieved their best ever A-level results this year.

More than 10 per cent of students at Beverley Joint Sixth Form got the highest grades possible in their A-Levels, while 50 per cent achieved scores varying from A Star to B. At Beverley Grammar and Beverley High there was a 99 per cent pass rate across the A Star to E grades, with 80 per cent of entries attaining A Star to C grades, including 50 per cent  at the highest A Star and B grades. A total of 13 per cent of students achieved straight A star or A grades.

At Longcroft, head teacher Ian O’Donnell described the results as “very pleasing”. Students  secured more A Star grades than was predicted.

The new A-level league tables will not be published by the Government until January 2018 and will include both attainment and progress measures for A-level and separately for other level 3 qualifications, including BTECs. However, the results announced today (Thursday, August 17th) suggest that East Riding sixth forms have maintained their successful improvement trend for the sixth year in a row.

In 2016, the average A-level grade achieved in both England and the East Riding was grade C and the average point score was 30.  This year, early indications from school and academies are that East Riding results have improved by an average of half a grade per pupil, with an average grade of C-plus and an average point score of 34 – the best improvement on record.

The improved results this year include increases in both average points score and average grade.  The average point score has risen steadily in East Riding schools and academy sixth forms and is schools’ best ever result in 2017.

2016 saw the best-ever A-level progress in East Riding school and academy sixth forms and the East Riding is expected to do even better, relative to national data, when the new progress measures are published in January 2018.

All East Riding schools and academies are committed to achieving national top 20 per cent progress in their sixth forms by 2017 as part of the Sixth Form Charter agreed between schools and the local authority.

Councillor Julie Abraham, East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s portfolio holder for children, young people and education, said: “It is encouraging to see that it  appears that students in the East Riding have done so well this year.

“With results like this they will be well prepared for whichever path they want to go down in their future careers.”