It’s high fives for schools in Rotherham

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More Rotherham students than ever before took A-levels this year and the numbers of them gaining passes has risen for the fifth consecutive year.

This year 2,679 students - around 100 more than last year - took academic and vocational A-level courses and overall 97.7 per cent of students gained passes, up by 0.3.

There were some significant rises among individual schools including Dinnington, up 3.3 per cent to 98.9 per cent, Maltby Academy, up 2.9 per cent to 95.3 per cent and Wath, up 1.1 per cent to 98.7.

Among those general figures there were also a number of individual success stories at schools around the borough.

Four students achieved four grade A*s - Emily Skelton, Aston, Ashley Guilliam and Daniel Waite. both Wickersley, and Abigail Unerman from Wath.

Gaining three A*s were George Beattie, Matthew Richardson and Rebecca Parkin, all from Aston, and Ryan Moreman from Brinsworth.

Coun Amy Rushforth, Rotherham Council cabinet member for lifelong learning and culture, said: “Our congratulations go to every student who have received these superb exam results which has seen the pass rate for Rotherham rise yet again.

“We would also like to express our thanks to everyone who has supported them throughout their studies, including parents and carers as well as the staff at all our schools.

“The hard work that everyone has done this year means our students are better prepared than ever before to face the exciting challenges ahead in either higher education or the job market and we wish them all well in the future.”