Leeds students celebrate A-level success

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STUDENTS across the city discover today how they fared in their A-level exams and whether they secured university and college places.

Nationally experts were predicting a slight rise in the number of top grades being achieved because of an increase in the uptake of traditionally high scoring subjects such as maths.

Students celebrate their A level results at Roundhay School. PIC: Tony Johnson

Students celebrate their A level results at Roundhay School. PIC: Tony Johnson

However there were also warnings that there could be some volatility in grades because of changes to both A and AS-levels.

There were early reports of success across the city this morning.

Leeds City College saw pupils achieve a 96 per cent pass rate overall with 80 per cent of A level programmes achieving 100 per cent pass rates.

The college said that 40 per cent of A-Level passes were awarded at grades A* to B.

It is launching a dedicated Leeds sixth form at its Park Lane Campus to meet the demand for growth of A-levels.

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Results at Ralph Thoresby, in Adel, were said to have exceeded targets this year with 94 per cent of students achieving three or more A-levels and 86 per cent of students achieving at least one A* to B grade. A higher proportion of students have received the top A* grades than ever before.

It said it also had twice the national average of students accepted to elite, research led Russell Group universities.

Universities were urging pupils who did not get the grades they had hoped for not to panic as places will be available through the UCAS clearing system.

Stewart Harper, the associate registrar at Leeds Beckett said: “In 2015 over 64,000 students gained a university place through clearing: which is around 12 per cent of all acceptances; so it very much isn’t a ‘second best’ option.”

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