[S]tudents across Cumbria today received their Key Stage 5 (Level 3) examination results through their schools and colleges and early indications show they are on course for another year of good performance, reflecting the expected national overall rise in pass rates and increase in higher grades.
From the initially reported data received from Cumbria’s maintained schools and academies, there appears again to be an increase in the number of students attaining higher grades compared to last year (grades A*-B) including an increase in those gaining three or more A levels at A*- B grades. Indications are also that the proportion of students gaining A*- E passes at A-Level or through equivalent Level 3 qualifications has again improved on last year.
It must be stressed at this stage, however, that these are unvalidated results; final statistics will require verification and further variation is likely as more details emerge.
The following schools have also reported significant individual and school successes:
Dallam School is again celebrating the success of its students. A Level results have been the best for a number of years with 50% of grades being at A*- B. Strong performances from students have ensured they can proceed to a variety of studies including History and Politics, Biomedical Sciences and Nursing. Students at Dallam also study for the International Baccalaureate. The pass rate for this at Dallam was well above the average for all other schools worldwide that take the International Baccalaureate.
Carlisle Central and Morton Academies are celebrating a rise in students achieving the higher grades of A*- B and an increase in the average points students have gained overall compared to last year. These improved results have ensured students can proceed to a variety of studies including Psychology, Mental Health Nursing, Law, Animation and Illustration.
Students at Netherhall School are celebrating that they have attained the points required to gain a university place, employment or training according to their plans. A Level results have improved from last year in a higher percentage of grades being attained at A*- B, A*- C and A*- E.
Keswick School is again celebrating another set of very successful A-Level results. 75% of all grades attained by students were at A* – C, with students in six subjects all achieving grades A*-C. Students gained 110 A*- A grades overall. Nine students achieved A*- A grades in all their subjects. Those taking Business and Computing also achieved well with 27 Distinction grades awarded.
Ullswater Community College is also celebrating their best ever results for the number of points gained per examination entry and that all students who sat A-Levels achieved two or more pass grades. Vocational and Applied A-Level courses have made a significant contribution to the success achieved by students. The college has successively sustained from last year the proportion of those students gaining grades A*- A. The vast majority of students at the college have gained their first choice university place.
St Benedict’s School is celebrating another set of excellent results, 100% of students obtained two or more A-level passes or equivalent. The points gained per examination centre have improved from last year. The school is very pleased that many students have achieved more than their expected grades. Top performing students have secured places at such universities as Durham and Edinburgh as well as several students will now move on to Higher Level Apprenticeships in local companies.
Councillor Clare Feeney-Johnson, Cumbria County Council’s Cabinet Member for Schools and Learning, said: “We are truly delighted today for the significant number of students who have secured some outstanding results; clear testament to their individual commitment and hard work. Underpinning their successes of course, we must also recognise the support that these young people will have had from their teachers and parents throughout the rigorous exam process. We thank them all and would like to congratulate everyone involved.”
The county council will now look carefully at the overall picture and identify more structured conclusions about this year’s results, taking into account further local and national comparisons when these become available in October.
John Macilwraith, Cumbria County Council’s Corporate Director for Children’s Services, added: “These initial results seem to suggest that Cumbria’s students are on course for some excellent results again this year. Gaining good qualifications has never been so important in such a highly competitive education and employment market.
“Whilst we join in celebration for these successes, we must also recognise that amongst the many students involved, there will be some who did not receive the results they had hoped for today. These young people will no doubt be in need of reassurance and they must take confidence in the support that is available for them, through their schools and colleges, to help them consider their next steps.”