At last, the ner­vous exam wait is over

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Cash-strapped Commuters -

For thou­sands of stu­dents the wait­ing is over. The A-level re­sults came through last week and sixth for­m­ers have dis­cov­ered whether they have the re­sults they wanted. Na­tion­ally, there has been a dip in for­tunes. There has been a slight drop in A* and A grades and the pass rate is down for the first time since the 1980s.

De­spite this there have been many suc­cess sto­ries across Ash­ford bor­ough.

Some schools have re­ported some of the high­est ever marks, with many stu­dents get­ting top marks and win­ning the univer­sity places they wanted.

Things have been helped by the fact there are now a record num­ber of univer­sity places avail­able, so stu­dents with more dis­ap­point­ing re­sults can still go straight to fur­ther ed­u­ca­tion.

Study­ing for A-lev­els is not an easy task and ends with a stren­u­ous sum­mer of cram­ming and then ner­vously wait­ing two months for the re­sults.

We ap­pre­ci­ate all stu­dents who have made the ef­fort to study hard and con­grat­u­late those who have suc­ceeded.

For those who have not, do not de­spair, op­tions are still open.

If nec­es­sary, they can re­take ex­ams but will have to ac­cept the de­lay in go­ing on to univer­sity.

To­day it is the turn of 16-year-olds, who will get their GCSE re­sults – and we keep our fingers crossed for them.

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