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A LEVELS: More students than ever are making the grade

PUBLISHED: 09:37 14 August 2015

BATH, UNITED KINGDOM - AUGUST 19:  Sixth Form students open their A-level results at Hayesfield Girls' School on August 19, 2010 in Bath, England. Thousands of students are anxiously finding out their results today as places at university become a premium with a record number of applications.  (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

BATH, UNITED KINGDOM - AUGUST 19: Sixth Form students open their A-level results at Hayesfield Girls' School on August 19, 2010 in Bath, England. Thousands of students are anxiously finding out their results today as places at university become a premium with a record number of applications. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

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Bexley pupils beat the national average as results are released

IT was good new for Bexley students as A-level results were released.

Nationally, the overall pass rate has risen to 98.1 per cent while the proportion getting the very top A* grade remaining the same at 8.2per cnet.

In Bexley, 12 per cent achieved an A* up from 10.7 per cent last year, with 97.5 per cent achieving a pass of A*-E and 57.7 per cent receiving grades of A*-B – up from 55 per cent in 2014.

Cabinet Member for Education, Cllr John Fuller said; “Another set of excellent results for Bexley students. I have spoken to so many delighted students along with some very proud families and school staff. They have all worked so hard to get to today and my congratulations go to them all.

“Many of the students I have spoken to have achieved the results they need to take up their conditional university offers. The national media have this week reported that places are easier to get this year as the cap on places has been lifted, which creates a misconception that anyone can get a university place. This is far from reality. Everyone I spoke to today only received their place because they had put in the hard work in and achieved the grades they needed.

“But we know that university isn’t the only option available. I would advise anyone who is still unsure about what they want to do with their future to have a chat with our 14-19 team or come along to our Next Steps event on 24 August to get advice on life after secondary school!”

Local highlights include -

• Bexleyheath Academy - where results rose for the third year running. Pupils there achieved 52 per cent of A*-B rising from 48 per cent in 2014 and 96.5 per cent of their students received A-Es.

• At Beths 99 per cent achieved A*-E and 59 per cent received A* Bs. Eighteen students achieved three or more A* and A grades including Joe Munday with 3 A*, Alex Amato and Harry Hamblin with 2 A* and 2 As and Louis Davids with 2 A* and 1 A.

• At Townley the school was delighted with the highest number of A*-B grades the school has ever had with 74 per cent achieving A*-B. Headteacher Desmond Deehan said: “Our congratulations to students who worked extremely hard for these and our gratitude to their high calibre teachers.”

• Chislehurst and Sidcup Grammar School saw 65 per cent of A*-B grades and 99 per cent of A*-Es. Thirty-five students achieved at least 3 A*/A grades.

• Erith School saw 44 per cent of its students achieve A*-B and 98 per cent receive pass marks of A*-E.

• Bexley Grammar celebrated its best year ever with 78 per cent of students received A*-B grades and 100 per cent gained A*-E grades

• At Business Academy Bexley 96.1 per cent received A*-E grades and 48.9 per cent received A*-B

These results are provisional and we are waiting for final confirmation of outcomes from some of the borough’s schools.

The Next Steps event is designed for young people who aren’t sure what to do following their exam results. The free drop-in event takes place on 24 August from 11am – 3pm at Civic Offices, Watling Street.

Students that wish to contact Ucas for further advice can call their customer support centre line on 0371 468 0468. Lines will be open from 8am-7pm on today (Friday) , 9am-5pm on Saturday 15 and 10am-4pm on Sunday 16 August.

For more general careers advice call the national Exam Results Helpline on 0808 100 8000. The helpline is staffed by careers advisers and will run for 10 days after results day. Calls are free from most landlines and selected mobile networks.

The National Careers Service on 0800 100 900 can also provide help and advice.

For local advice on what to do next contact Bexley’s 14-19 team by calling 020 8303 7777 and ask for the 14-19 team.

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