Peterborough's A-level pass rate tops national average

Peterborough students have recorded some of the best ever A-level results for the city.

The overall pass rate climbed to 98.2 per cent – an improvement of 0.3 per cent on last year’s results. The national average pass rate stands at 98.1 per cent.

The number of exams graded A*-C increased by almost 200 with the percentage rising by 1.7 per cent from last year to 73.7 per cent.

Students also achieved the highest number of A* and A grades ever recorded in the city with 686 exams receiving the top grades. 

About 1000 young people sat A or AS levels this summer at secondary schools across Peterborough.  There was a 6.7 per cent increase in the number of exam entries compared to last year.

Councillor John Holdich, leader of the council and cabinet member for education, skills and university, said: "Well done to all the students who collected their exam results this morning.  Through their hard work we are now above the national average for the overall A-level pass rate which is a fantastic achievement.

"This is a further example of the huge strides being made in improving education in Peterborough.   As well as a record number of students receiving  top A-level grades, we are now above the national average for the percentage of city schools that are judged good or better by Ofsted."

Jonathan Lewis, service director for education, people resources and corporate property, said: "We have been closing the gap on the national average for a number of years so it's great for A-level results to continue to improve and to climb above it.  This is thanks to the dedication of the city's young people, teachers and all school staff as well as the improvements that have been made across Peterborough schools. 

"We have invested significantly in modernising secondary schools in the city and we will carry on working hard with headteachers to make sure our performance continues to improve."

Young people who are unsure of their next steps following today can get help and advice from the Youth Access Hub at City College Peterborough on Brook Street.

In the hub young people can speak to careers advisers from the council, City College Peterborough, Peterborough Regional College, Jobcentre Plus and a range of other providers about their options.

The hub is open Monday to Friday throughout August from 1pm to 4.30pm (3pm Tuesdays and Thursdays). Young people can drop in or call (01733) 864500 to book an appointment or (01733) 293897 during the hub’s opening hours.

Councillor Holdich added: "For those that haven’t achieved the grades they were expecting the main thing is not to panic as there are still lots of opportunities out there.

"Making decisions on what training, education and ultimately which career to pursue can be daunting for young people. Our team of experts provide support and impartial advice to help them make the best decision for their future."

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