Stu­dents A cut above with higher grades

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THE over­all A-level pass rate in Manch­ester schools, not in­clud­ing col­leges, has fallen slightly to 97.2pc from 98.3pc last year, but the num­ber scor­ing top grades has risen.

Thou­sands of pupils around the re­gion found out their re­sults yes­ter­day.

Na­tion­ally, the pro­por­tion of top marks awarded at A-level rose for the first time in six years, with boys out-per­form­ing girls in achiev­ing A and A* grades.

Yet fig­ures also sug­gested the gov­ern­ment’s ma­jor over­haul of ex­ams WAS hav­ing an im­pact on re­sults.

There were cel­e­bra­tions across Greater Manch­ester as pupils opened their re­sults.

The per­cent­age scor­ing top grades (A*-A) in­creased to 26.1pc from 23.1pc in 2016 in Manch­ester schools.

These in­cluded en­tries from King David High School, Parrs Wood Sixth Form, Whal­ley Range High School for Girls and Wil­liam Hulme’s Gram­mar School.

Col­leges across the re­gion cel­e­brated some fan­tas­tic achieve­ments too.

Con­nell Sixth Form se­cured a pass rate of 97pc and The Manch­ester Col­lege a pass rate of above 95pc for A-E grades.

Pupils at The Manches- ter Col­lege were paid a sur­prise visit by Cor­rie star and for­mer col­lege pupil Brooke Vin­cent.

Lisa O’Lough­lin, prin­ci­pal of The Manch­ester Col­lege, said: “This year’s A-level stu­dents have per­formed in­cred­i­bly well, es­pe­cially with the chal­lenge of the new grad­ing sys­tem for their ex­ams.

“The staff are im­mensely proud of the ef­forts of our stu­dents and we are here to support both those who did and didn’t get the grades they were hop­ing for.”

Pupils at Manch­ester’s in­de­pen­dent schools also shone – with some out­stand­ing re­sults at The Manch­ester Gram­mar School and Manch­ester High School for Girls.

The head girls team at Withing­ton Girls’ School notched up an im­pres­sive clean sweep of top grades, se­cur­ing 10 A* and A grades be­tween them.

Head Girl Emily Her­bert, from Styal, is go­ing to read phi­los­o­phy, pol­i­tics and eco­nomics at Lady Mar­garet Hall, Ox­ford, af­ter achiev­ing two A*s and two As.

Her deputy Si­tara Bar­tle is head­ing to Cam­bridge af­ter achiev­ing an A* and two A grades.

And Emma King, who is also a deputy head girl, se­cured 3 A*s and will go on to study English Lit­er­a­ture at Ed­in­burgh.

Boys emerged as the win­ners in this year’s re­sults, pulling ahead of girls in terms of A*-A grades for the first time in al­most two decades.

It is the first time that the A*-A pass rate has risen since 2011. The in­crease comes amid ma­jor changes to the qual­i­fi­ca­tions, with a move away from course­work and mod­u­lar ex­ams through­out the course as well as the de­cou­pling of AS-lev­els, mak­ing them more chal­leng­ing for stu­dents.

Stock­port Aquinas Col­lege A-Level re­sults day. Cal­lum Hat­ton and Rachel McHale cel­e­brate.

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