A-level results wait over for Cumbrian students
Last updated at 13:23, Thursday, 15 August 2013
The waiting is finally over with thousands of Cumbrian teenagers picking up their A-level results today.
Secondary schools were opening from as early as 7am to welcome 17 and 18-year-olds eager to find out how they have done.
Netherhall School in Maryport is celebrating a rise in both A* to B and A* to C grades.
Both rose by four per cent meaning 35 per cent of students achieved the top grades and 63 per cent an A* to C result.
Headteacher Jonathan Johnson said he was delighted with the results which were the result of a school that was “academically rigorous”, students who have worked hard and a fully qualified and committed staff.
“I believe the quality of our teaching in the range of academic subjects we offer is challenging children to perform better.”
At Whitehaven School, Keith Finlinson, head of post-16, said: “It has been good to see many of our students gaining results today which reflect the high level of effort they put into their studies and the support they have received from their teachers.
“It has as ever been a very emotional day for all concerned.”
In Wigton, more than a quarter of all the A-level passes achieved by students at the Nelson Thomlinson School were A* or A grades.
Head Sam Northwood said: “We are delighted with our results and our students have achieved some excellent grades once again, with over a quarter of all entries being A or A*.
“Early indications are that the majority of our students have been successful in securing their offers for university, apprenticeships or work-related training.”
Lorrayne Hughes, headteacher of William Howard School in Brampton, said: “Many students across the ability range performed above target; their hard work and that of staff must be celebrated.”
Newman Catholic School’s headteacher John McAuley is also proud of his students in Carlisle.
“We are thrilled with their success,” he said. “There are some first-rate individual results and also high performances in specific subjects.
“There is a lot of pressure on young people to do well, and I am impressed by their determination to achieve success.”
Cockermouth School is on course to celebrate a record-breaking set of results. Around 150 students were heading to the school today to find out their grades.
Geoff Walker, headteacher, said: “We’re really happy for our students. We think we’ve beaten or matched our highest ever results. It is close with about 54 per cent of grades this year being A*, A or B.
“We also think the vast majority of our students have achieved the grades they need to get their places at university. We think they’ll be delighted.”
Meanwhile, every year 13 student at Ullswater Community College in Penrith is leaving with at least one A-level pass, headteacher Nigel Pattinson said.
“We’re really pleased with that figure,” he said. “And the percentage leaving with two or more A-levels is 96 per cent, that’s on a par with previous years. We’ve also seen good results when it comes to the average point scores per student and average point score per entry, other levels which are recorded nationally.
“We’ve got nine students who’ve achieved straight As or As and Bs. We’re very pleased with all of our students’ performances. There are possibly just a few that need to go through clearing if they still want to get a place at university but most people have got their first choice or their reserve.”
All sixth-formers at Caldew School in Dalston, west of Carlisle, who want to go to university appear to have clinched their places too, headteacher Chris McAree said. All of his students have achieved two or more A-level passes, he added.
Keswick School is celebrating its best ever results, with 37 per cent of all grades at A* to A and 14 students achieving at least four A* or A grades.
Results so far from 19 of the county’s 26 local authority maintained schools and academies, suggest an increase in the number of students achieving higher grades this year, with more than 42 per cent attaining two or more A and B grades in their A-level or equivalent Level 3 qualifications.
The proportion of Cumbrian students gaining at least one A-level or equivalent Level 3 qualifications pass grade at A*-E appears to be broadly in line with last year with more than 99 per cent of students achieving this standard.
School staff, universities and a range of advice bodies are on hand now over the next week or so offering support to those teenagers who did not get the grades they expected.
Some may have missed out on their chosen university, possibly by the smallest of margins, and now face the race to secure a university place through clearing. Others will be considering whether they choose to find work or another form of training or education.
Students who need to go through clearing are being advised not to panic and remain calm.
They are urged to check with their first-choice university or via the Ucas Track online system to see whether they have been accepted, which can happen even when students have not got the grades asked of them.
If not, students must decide whether they are happy with their “insurance” choice. Students are obliged to go to their second-choice university unless they formally ask to be released. Many students, Ucas says, do not really consider this possibility until now.
Teenagers are then asked to look at the Ucas website for vacancies before contacting universities they are interested in.
The University of Cumbria has set up its own clearing hotline, being run by trained staff and current students.
Centre staff are offering guidance about course availability, eligibility, interviews, course details and signposting to other support services.
The university is keeping its course vacancies up to date on its website - www.cumbria.ac.uk - and via social media sites Twitter - @Uocrecruitment - and Facebook.
It can be contacted on 08080 024 024. Itwill be open until 7pm today and tomorrow and then 9am-5pm from Saturday.
There will also be opportunities to visit the university's campuses on Saturday.
Nationally, the proportion of A-levels awarded at least an A grade has fallen for the second year in a row, official figures showed today.
In total, 26.3 per cent of entries scored an A or A* this year, down from 26.6 per cent in 2012 - a drop of 0.3 per cent. It is believed to be the second biggest fall in the history of A-levels.
The A*-A pass rate fell for the first time in more than 20 years last year.
First published at 08:36, Thursday, 15 August 2013
Published by http://www.newsandstar.co.uk
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Congratulations to all the young people celebrating today.
Your success is down to your hard work, and that from all your teachers from Reception to Sixth Form - you owe your success to your talents and their guidance and input.
Now you can go and earn a living and support yourselves and stop living the life of Reilly.
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