The Star Says: A-level results are reason to be proud

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There is no doubt that students across our region should be very proud of their A-level results.

The exams are a defining moment in young people’s lives and go a long way to shaping the kind of future they will have for themselves and their loved ones.

But all that hard work has been worth it as students celebrate a record-breaking year as they collected outstanding A-level results on Thursday.

Many sixth forms and colleges reported increases in overall pass rates, with more students than ever achieving the top A* to B grades.

Nationally, the proportion of top A-level grades has fallen slightly this year, but record numbers have been accepted on university courses.

Overall results have shown an increase in the national pass rate to 98.1 per cent.

At this time of year it is customary to hear the critics talk about exams not being as tough as they used to be and belittling the achievements of our talented students.

We say don’t listen to the naysayers.

A-level results day is the end of one part of a young person’s life and the beginning of another.

Whether that is at university, travelling or making the step into the world of work one thing that everyone will have learned is that hard work pays off.

Those who feel they could have done better, if they had applied themselves better, now get the chance to prove people wrong by knuckling down and fulfilling their potential.

And those who have achieved exactly what they wanted - or better - will realise that their endeavours have been rewarded.

Within a few weeks many will be leaving our city and towns to move to new universities across the UK and abroad.

However, there will also be thousands who will arrive in Sheffield at the city’s two universities with hopes and dreams of their own.

Sheffield has a fantastic reputation as a university city and we must continue to welcome students warmly as their parents will wish us to.

Attention now turns to next week’s GCSE results.

Unlike A-levels, which students have taken when deciding to continue their education, GCSEs are the final point of compulsory schooling.

Good luck to all those waiting on those results and well done, again, to our brilliant A-level students.