Students across South Yorkshire are mapping out their futures today after receiving their A-Level results.
Nationally, the proportion of top A-level grades has fallen slightly this year, but record numbers have been accepted on university courses.
In South Yorkshire, many sixth forms and colleges are reporting improved results.
Forge Valley, in Stannington, reported a 100 per cent pass rate, with 50 per cent A* to B - a 20 per cent rise on last year’s results.
Headteacher Dale Barrowclough said: “We are delighted for all our students whose commitment has been rewarded and as headteacher I am overjoyed with this improvement in A-level standards.
“I thank staff for their outstanding work and tireless efforts and also parents for the support they have shown. I am certain that standards will continue to rise at Forge Valley School.”
Sheffield High School, is celebrating another superb set of A-level results with 50 per cent of all subjects passed at A* and A.
Students achieved a 100 per cent pass rate, with 17 per cent of all subjects being graded A* and almost one third of the year group have straight A and A* grades.
Head Valerie Dunsford, said: “I would like to congratulate the girls and staff on their excellent results and university placements.
“It is wonderful to see girls fulfil their potential, not only in academic results but also seeing them develop through their interests in such a wide variety of extra-curricular activities.”
At Tapton School, in Crosspool, reported a reported a 99 per cent pass rate – 61 per cent at grade A* to B.
King Edward VII School, chalked up results that will see nine students take up places at Oxford and Cambridge.
The overall pass rate was 99 per cent, with 50 per cent A* to B. A total of 68 students achieved ABB grades.
Headteacher Beverley Jackson and Rebecca Carpenter, head of Post 16, said: “These results represent an excellent year for the sixth form students at the school and we are delighted that the hard work of our students, the commitment of our teaching staff and the support of parents has yielded such superb results. This is further confirmation of our outstanding judgement from Ofsted.”
Silverdale reported an overall pass 99.4 per cent, with more than 60 per cent A* to B.
Six students were successfully placed at Oxbridge Colleges, with 26 pupils achieving all grades at A or A* and 26 per cent gaining AAB grades - a four per cent rise on last year.
The average grade across all subjects was a B grade and overall achievement per student showed an increase from last year.
Deputy headteacher Chas Ponsford said: “We are delighted that the majority of students will be taking up university places studying a range of vocational and academic subjects, with well over a third of students achieving places at prestigious Russell group Universities.”
Notre Dame High School reported an overall pass rate of 99.4 per cent, with more than 50 per cent A* to B.
Headteacher Jane Willis said: The most important element of A Levels is to ensure that the students are able to take the next step be it to university, apprenticeships or employment.
“The fact that nearly 100 per cent of the A levels taken were graded means that all the students have the basis to move on positively. Education is about providing life chances for all.”
Half of the grades achieved at High Storrs School were grade B or higher, despite the percentage of A to B grades being down slightly on last year.
Headteacher Ian Gage said: “The celebration of these outcomes will be shared across the primary schools that work with High Storrs: Greystones, Ecclesfield, Carter Knowle and Hunter’s Bar can all take pride in these results.
“They are the fruit of years of joint work with students, staff and parents from all of our partners. Students currently in our partner primaries can be assured that the strong links the primary schools have with High Storrs will bring further success as they move through secondary school. These results endorse the choices parents make when they select High Storrs as their child’s secondary school.”
Longley Park Sixth Form College, in Longley, achieved their best ever results, with a 99 per cent pass rate.
Sheffield Springs Academy, in Arbourthorne reported an overall pass rate of 100 per cent, with more than 75 per cent achieving A* to C grades - an improvement on last year’s results.
Principal Russell Heritage said: “These results are a real credit to all involved and an improvement on last year. It’s very pleasing to now see all of our Year 13 students head off into higher education or employment/training.”
Sheffield College reported an overall pass rate of 94 per cent, with 25 per cent A* to B grades - an increase of seven per cent on last year.
Principal Heather Smith said: “I’d like to congratulate our students on achieving a strong set of results and wish them all the very best for their future. I’d also like to thank our dedicated staff for their hard work and support.”
Sheffield Park Academy, in Manor, reported an overall pass rate of 100 per cent - with 99 per cent achieving A* to C grades.
Headteacher Craig Dillon, said: “We’re extremely proud of our Sixth Form students who have not only maintained a 100 per cent pass rate but whose grades are of such a high standard that they are all able to access high - quality education or training across the country.
“As always, I would like to thank both students and staff for their hard work and commitment.”
At UTC Sheffield, on Matilda Street, in the city centre, the overall A2 Level pass rate is 92 per cent, with 20 per cent A* to B.
The pass rate for the 66 students who took technical qualifications at Level 3 – equivalent to one-and-a-half or two A2 Levels - is 100 per cent for digital media and 98 per cent for engineering. Of that group the majority - 52 students - also took A-Levels.
Principal Nick Crew said: “I am delighted to see our first students reach this major milestone. I’d like to congratulate all of them on their academic and technical success and thank our staff and employer partners for their dedication and support.”
Birkdale School, in Broomhill, reported a 100 per cent pass rate, with nearly half of all grades A* and A.
In Barnsley, Barnsley Sixth Form College reported an overall pass rate of 98 per cent, with a 100 per cent pass rate in 18 subjects including chemistry, physics, ICT, English language, business studies, French and geography.
Students securing high grades increase by 7.4 per cent with 309 individual A* to B grades.
Principal Colin Booth said: “We are thrilled to be announcing such excellent results and would like to congratulate our students on their achievements.
“We are delighted to see an increase in the overall pass rate, an increase in the number of high grades awarded and improvements in success in so many subjects. Both our students and staff should be very proud of their hard work.”
Students at Penistone Grammar School ALC achieved the school’s best ever results.
Principal Jo Higgins said: “We are so proud of our students, many of whom excelled and achieved the top A* and A grades.”
In Rotherham, the overall pass rate is 99.5 per cent.
The overall pass rate at Thomas Rotherham College increased to 98 per cent, while the proportion of students gaining high grade passes also rose.
Maltby Academy, Swinton Community School and Dinnington Comprehensive all achieved an equivalent pass rate of 100 per cent.
Aston Academy achieved an pass rate of 99.6 per cent, Brinsworth Comprehensive achieved 99.2 per cent, -an increase by 0.7% from last year, Wath Comprehensive increased by 1.4 per cent to 99.1% and Wales High School has increased by 0.4 per cent to 99.8 per cent.
In Derbyshire, Dronfield Henry Fanshawe School reported its best ever results - an overall pass rate of 99 per cent, with 56 per cent A* to B and 83 per cent at C.
Students at Eckington School reported its best ever results.
Headteacher Patrick Cummings said: “Our attainment has been rising steadily for the last five years.
“However, our A-Level results today show a significant leap compared to last year’s. Our confident hope is that almost all of our students who wish to go to university will receive a place at the university of their choice.”
Chesterfield College reported a 95 per cent pass rate.