New record set for number of passes

High Storrs, Sheffield on A Level Grades Day.'Students celebrates with their A Level Grades
High Storrs, Sheffield on A Level Grades Day.'Students celebrates with their A Level Grades
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THOUSANDS of South Yorkshire teenagers are celebrating after receiving top quality A-level results - but overall the picture this year was mixed.

While more students than ever received passes of some kind, the numbers of young people achieving the very best grades essential for university entry fluctuated.

At Sheffield College, the city’s biggest A-level provider, 30 per cent of the students’ grades were in the top three categories - A*, A or B - down on the previous two years.

But more young people at the Norton, Hillsborough, Peaks and City campuses completed courses than ever before - 1,178 - and 33 students achieved a coveted A* grade.

The city’s other major sixth form college, Longley Park, saw students achieving a pass rate of 36 per cent, up from 33 in 2010.

Sheffield’s newest sixth forms at Park and Springs academies meanwhile seem to be finding their feet.

At Park students achieved 58 per cent of top grades in A-levels and equivalent vocational qualifications, while at Springs the figure was 33 per cent, up from 20 last year.

Silverdale was the city’s top rated state school with 60 per cent of passes in the highest grades, slightly down on last year.

It was a good year too for King Ecgbert and King Edward VII schools, which both saw improved pass rates to 52 and 54 per cent respectively.

But Tapton and Notre Dame slipped back this year to 56 and 50 per cent, both down seven points, while the AB pass rate at All Saints was 40 per cent.

At High Storrs 47.5 per cent of entries were at AB, again slightly down on 2010, which senior staff attributed to a somewhat weaker year group.

In the independent sector 61 per cent achieved A or A* grade passes at Sheffield High School, with 53 per cent reaching the same mark at Birkdale.