Peterborough schools again above average for A-level passes

For the fourth year running Peterborough is above the national average for the number of pupils achieving A-level passes.

With results received from all the city’s 11 secondary schools who had students sitting A levels in 2018, the overall pass rate has remained above the national average at 98.2 per cent – with the national average pass rate standing at 97.6 per cent.

Both outcomes are a slight decline on last year’s results, reflecting changes to the A level courses and the move to exam-only outcomes in many subjects.

The proportion of students achieving higher grades has remained high, with 44.7% of students in Peterborough schools achieving A*-B grades, sustaining last year’s improvement compared to 42.4% in 2016.

Almost 1,000 young people sat A levels or equivalent this summer at secondary schools across Peterborough.

Of 942 students sitting A Levels, 734 of them (77.9%) achieved passes in at least three subjects.

Changes to the qualifications system means that many A-levels have been decided by final exams, with no link to coursework or AS-levels.

This year’s exams in England reflect the latest phase of changes to qualifications, which have cut down on coursework and become ‘decoupled’ from AS-levels.

Jonathan Lewis, Peterborough City Council's Director of Education, said: "I would like to say a big well done to all the young people who collected their exam results today. The city’s schools are once again above the national average for the number of pupils achieving A-level passes which is fantastic.

"A-levels open up many doors for young people, whether they are remaining in education or training or entering the world of work. I'd like to wish all students the very best for the future as they look ahead and make more decisions about work and further studies.”

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