THE A-level grades being achieved by schools across Leeds has improved this year, according to figures compiled by the city council.
Hundreds of students flocked to their schools, colleges and sixth forms across the city to discover if they had achieved the results they needed to secure a university place.
Early signs from almost 80 per cent of Leeds’ schools and academies with sixth forms - show that across A-levels and Btecs, the average points achieved per entry has increased from 208 in 2014 to 213.7. This is the equivalent of just above a C grade. The average points per student is 724.6 which has increased from 682 in 2014.
Councillor Lucinda Yeadon executive board member responsible for children and families said: “I would like congratulate everyone on what they have achieved today. These results demonstrate a lot of hard work, effort and determination, as well as the high quality of teaching in our schools and colleges.
“Our ambition to be a child friendly city means making sure that all of our children and young people are given the best possible chance of getting the qualifications and skills they need to succeed in the years ahead. Our young people are leaving school and college with essential skills and qualifications, which will help them to achieve their full potential in life.
“Schools, colleges, parents and carers all play a huge part in young people’s exam successes and they deserve recognition for their support and efforts over the last two years.”
This year, the early data collected by Leeds City Council from schools differs from previous years and does not include the number of A Levels passed and at what grades. A full picture of these will be available in the autumn.
For those young people who are still considering their future options after receiving their results the council has organised a careers event on Thursday September 3 at Leeds Civic Hall, between 11am and 6pm. The ‘Next Steps’ event will include information on apprenticeships and traineeships still available across the city to start now for the 2015/16 academic year.
One of the first schools to announce their results was the independent Grammar School at Leeds (GSAL) in Alwoodley.
A-level students at GSAL are celebrating a 100 per cent pass rate with over half the cohort achieving a minimum of ABB grades
Of the 12 who gained straight top grades, four students achieved four A*s and a further eight achieved three A*s.
Nineteen per cent of the exams taken - almost a fifth of this year’s grades - were passes at A* and 80 per cent of students achieved A*-B
Results also show 55 per cent of GSAL students achieved ABB or better – the entry requirement of leading universities.
And there were 17 students celebrating offers of places at Oxbridge universities.
Principal Mike Gibbons said: “In a year where nationally there has been a reduction in the number of the top grades awarded, we are delighted that over 50 per cent of our A-level grades are A*A. Our strong results have enabled the majority of our students to secure their first choice university.
“We are very proud of their achievements which are the culmination of years of hard work. We wish them all good luck in their future careers and we are going to miss seeing them around GSAL.”
At Horsforth School all year 13 students have left with at least two A-level qualifications and 86 per cent of students left with three good A level passes. The school also had a 100 per cent pass rate for the sixth consecutive year
Over a quarter of all grades were awarded at A*/A and a ‘typical’ Horsforth student left our Sixth Form with the equivalent of three grade B’s at A-level.
The school’s head teacher Dr Keith Bothamley said: “Our staff are rightly proud of the exceptional results gained this year and our thanks go not only to them for their professionalism, but to our Governors, parents and carers who have been so supportive over many years.”
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