THE VAST majority of Leeds students sitting A-levels have achieved at least three passes as it emerged that record numbers of young people are heading to university this year.
There were scenes of celebration across the city yesterday as the long wait for results came to an end for 18-year-olds.
Leeds City Council said tonight that early figures suggested 83 per cent of students had achieved at least three passes.
The average points score per entry has also increased from 209 last year to 213. Nationally pass rates have declined.
Schools and colleges across the city were hailing the performance of pupils yesterday.
At Roundhay School the deputy head teacher Lorraine Bowman said every pupil had achieve at least three A-levels despite having the second highest number of sitting the exams in history. One in five exams were graded either A* or an A.
Leeds City College posted its best ever results with a 98 per cent parate overall and with two thirds of its programmes achieving 100 per cent pass rates.
Heather Scott, the head teacher at Bruntcliffe School praised pupils and said she was particularly pleased with the performance in vocational subjects. The school smashed its average target point score of 628 by achieving 734. Mrs Scott added: “It’s fantastic to see our hard work paying off,”
Bruntcliffe School pupil James Mellor, 18, from Morley, is celebrating clinching B grades in chemistry and biology as well an A in physics. He said: “I’m feeling really good. It’s a bit shocking really, it’s your whole future on a bit of paper. Now I just feel relieved.”
Among the success stories at Brigshaw High were twins Charlotte and Stephanie Clements who got the grades they needed for university but who are now preparing to live apart for the first time. One of the top performers in the city was Grammar School at Leeds student Sam Bodanksy, from Alwoodley, who earned six A*s and will now study maths at Imperial College London.
Earlier Christopher Walsh, the head teacher of Boston Spa School had told the Evening Post that the most important results today are not the grades achieved by students - but the number who are able to get into their university of choice.
He said: “If there is a slight dip in today’s results it should be a national one and not one that disadvantaged a particular group of students The most important thing is whether young people get into their university of choice and there is no Government table measuring that.”
Last year, just over one in four entries (26.3 per cent) scored an A* or A, down 0.3 per cent on the year before.
The fall was believed to be the second biggest drop in the history of the qualification.
A* - the very top grade - also dipped last summer, with 7.6 per cent of exams scoring the mark, compared with 7.9 per cent in 2012, while the overall A*-E pass rate rose by 0.1 per cent to 98.1 per cent.
The national picture also showed that boys pulled further ahead in the highest grades in 2013, with eight per cent of boys’ entries attaining an A* compared with 7.4 per cent of girls.
In 2012 the gap between the sexes was just 0.1 per cent, with male students doing slightly better.
Girls were still slightly ahead in A*-A grades combined last year, but their results dropped half a percentage point to narrow the gulf between the genders.
They also continued to do better in terms of A*-C grades.
Research published this week by Leeds Metropolitan University showed that A-level students are more likely to phone their mothers first to share their exam results than their fathers.
The survey also showed that boys are more positive than girls about receiving their exam results with 84 per cent of male students confident that they will achieve better or the same as their predicted grades: 12 per cent more than their female counterparts.
Almost a third of the 1,003 students across the UK who took part in the survey, commissioned by Leeds Metropolitan University, plan to tell their mother first upon receiving their exam results, while only seven per cent plan to tell their father first.