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Published on Thursday, 17th August 2017 in Council news news

Hundreds of pupils across Rotherham have today scooped record A-Level results – as schools top last year’s performances.

Students across Rotherham have received their A-Level examination results and overall results show a bumper year with a 98.9 per cent pass rate for the borough, which is an increase in 0.3 per cent on last year.

And this also tops the overall national pass rate which has fallen to 97.9 per cent, meaning the borough is one per cent above the national average.

For the second year running Rotherham pupils also topped national figures for students achieving grades A* - A, with a 30.8 per cent pass rate, 4.5 per cent above the national measure.

And some schools have had a record breaking year – including one school, Wath Comprehensive, achieving a 100 per cent pass rate. On top of this there are some outstanding individual pupil achievements across Rotherham’s secondary schools.

 A total of 91.8 per cent of pupils at Wath Comprehensive achieved A* - C grades and 46.8 per cent achieved A* - A grades, which is 20.5 per cent above national figures.

Head teacher Jon Taylor said: “The results are absolutely amazing. I think we can safely say this has been one of the best years in terms of results for this school. Over half of the A-Level students have grades from A* to B and, when you add this together with the equivalent vocational results, also out today, this goes up to 67 percent. A quarter of the A-level results are A* or A, and no student has failed any subject either.

“It is really great to be able to see this and congratulations must go to all the students and staff for working so hard. It really is extremely pleasing to see the students do so well, I hope this paves the way for even better years to follow.”

Dinnington has also seen an increase in pass rates which is up by 1.5 per cent to an equivalent pass rate of 98.2 per cent. The school also smashed the national average pass rate of pupils achieving grades A* - A, with figures of 39.9 per cent.

Swinton’s equivalent pass rate is at 98.9 per cent, an increase by 1.3 per cent from last year’s results.

Aston achieved a 99.6 per cent pass rate with 82.4 per cent achieving A* - C grades, with some Aston pupils taking five A levels.

Wickersley School also saw an increase in overall pass rates of 1.4 per cent up on last year, with 98.2 per cent of pupils gaining an A – E grade.

Cllr Gordon Watson, Deputy Leader of Rotherham Council and, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People’s Services, said: “It is great to see so many young students celebrating some fantastic results this year. Rotherham’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 pupils themselves who have really excelled.

“These results are the culmination of years of hard work, dedication, outstanding teaching and students who are keen to succeed. I wish all pupils well in the next stage in their lives and careers, whether this is to go into the world of work or onto higher education.”

Other measures recorded from schools today include:

  • Number of entries achieving A*- C Grades – which shows the LA at 78.4 per cent
  • Number of entries achieving A*- B Grades - which shows the LA at 54.7 per cent
  • Number of entries achieving A*- A Grades - which shows the LA at 30.8 per cent*

*The national A*- A Grades shows 26.3%. This shows Rotherham is 4.5 per cent above the national numbers on this measure.

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