A Sheffield school serving one of the city’s biggest estates has more than doubled its A-level pass rate for the highest grades.
Sheffield Park Academy on the Manor said its A* to B pass rate had risen from 24 per cent in 2012 to 50 per cent this year – and the results were its ‘best-ever’.
The pass rate at grades A* to A was 13 per cent, a rise from six per cent.
It was in contrast to national figures where the number of students getting top grades dipped.
Park Academy headteacher Craig Dillon said: “This is a very significant set of results that is our best ever.
“It is extremely encouraging that our sixth form is getting stronger each year, which is reflected in the increasing numbers of students gaining top grades.
“I would like to congratulate all students whose aspiration and hard work has been rewarded.”
Across the country 26.3 per cent of exam entries were given A or A* grades, a slight fall on 2012’s figure of 26.6 per cent.
At High Storrs School 28 per cent were A* to A, an increase on last year, with some outstanding individual performances.
Notre Dame Catholic High School also celebrated an increased A* to B pass rate of 57 per cent, up from 53.7 per cent. Headteacher Jane Willis said: “Students have to work very hard for these achievements as each year the bar gets higher.”
Longley Park Sixth Form College achieved a 99 per cent overall pass rate, and an increased grade A* to B pass rate of 36 per cent.
Students at Tapton School in Crosspool celebrated – hugging their friends and rushing to call loved ones – as the school celebrated its ‘best ever’ results. The A* to B pass rate at Tapton rose by nine per cent to 66 per cent.
Silverdale School in Bents Green had a 60 per cent pass rate at A* to B, compared to 64 per cent in 2012.
Headteacher Mike Pollard said: “Our results are broadly similar to what we’ve had for a number of years but it does go up and down.
“We’ve got a number of students who have gone to Oxbridge and who got all As or A*s, and one student who got all A*s.”
The Sheffield College’s A* to B pass rate was 27 per cent, compared to 30 per cent in 2012.
Sheffield High School said more than 50 per cent of all subjects passed were at grades A* or A.
Birkdale School also had its ‘best-ever’ results with nearly 60 per cent of students achieving A* or A grade and with 85 per cent of entries gaining A*- B grades.
n See Class Act in The Star on Tuesday for reports from Barnsley and Rotherham.