Nerves were twitching today as Sheffield students received their long-awaited A-level results.
Forge Valley, in Stannington, revealed its students had achieved the school’s best ever results.
Headteacher Dale Barrowclough was delighted with his school’s ‘outstanding’ results.
He said: “We have a 20 per cent increase this year in our A* to B grades. Our pass rate has risen to 100 per cent, with 50 per cent at A* to B, which is a dramatic improvement from last year.
“These are the best results the school has ever had.”
At Tapton School, in Crosspool, the sister school to Forge Valley, students were celebrating impressive results.
The school reported a 99 per cent pass rate – 61 per cent at grade A* to B.
Andrew Wright, head of sixth form, said: “What is great is that this is the third year in a row that we have exceeded the 60 per cent mark for A* to B.
“What is even greater is that this has been done in probably the most challenging education context.
“It is going to be tremendous watching the students open their results.”
Students at Longley Park Sixth Form College, in Longley, also followed the trend and achieved their best ever results, with a 99 per cent pass rate.
Principal Mo Nisbet said: “We have achieved our best ever results for the third year in a row.
“Last year we were the highest performing college in the Sheffield City Region – and this year’s results are even better with a 99 per cent achievement rate.
“Performance was particularly strong across the science subjects where we are investing in further specialist facilities.”
Sheffield College, the largest A-level provider in the city with campuses at Hillsborough, Norton, Peaks and City, improved on its 2014 results with a 94 per cent overall pass rate, 25 per cent at A* to B – a rise of seven per cent.
At the UTC Sheffield, in the city centre, 107 students celebrated being the first to graduate with a strong set of academic and technical qualification results.
The overall pass rate for A Levels was 92 per cent, with 20 per cent passes from 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 – was 100 per cent for digital media and 98 per cent for engineering.
Valerie Dunsford, headteacher at Sheffield High School, said her students achieved ‘excellent’ results.
Coun Jackie Drayton, cabinet member for children, young people and families at Sheffield Council, said: “It is great to see so many young people celebrating and achieving some phenomenal results this year. Sheffield’s young people are really making us very proud.
“Thanks must go to the teachers, staff, governors and families who have helped these young people do so well, but ultimately congratulations must be given to the young people themselves who have really excelled.
“It is our ambition that every child should be able to achieve their potential and this is clearly happening here. Good luck for the future and well done to everyone.”