Pupils celebrate A Levels results in Rotherham

Published Thursday, 15th August 2019

The wait is over for hundreds of pupils in Rotherham today who find out how they performed in their A levels, as schools top last year’s performances.

Students across Rotherham have received their A-Level examination results, which see a 99 per cent pass rate for the borough. The pass rate in England remains the same as last year at 97.6% per cent, meaning the borough is 1.4 per cent above the national average.

The results come following major changes to A-levels in England in recent years, which have toughened the exams. Since 2017 there has been a move away from coursework and modules, with students assessed on exams at the end of the two years.

Despite this some schools have had another record breaking year, with two schools achieving a 100 per cent rate.

Wath and Swinton scored the highest pass rates in the borough, with 100 per cent of pupils passing their exams. Swinton saw its overall pass rate increase by 0.8 per cent to achieve the perfect rate.

Wath also had 86.5 per cent of pupils achieving an A* – C grade, and an impressive 36 per cent of pupils graded A*– A.

Dinnington has also seen an increase of 0.8 per cent to an equivalent pass rate of 99 per cent. The school also smashed the national average pass rate of pupils achieving grades A*- A, with figures of 38.6% per cent.

Aston achieved a 99.8 per cent pass rate, narrowly missing the 100 per cent mark, with 63.9 per cent achieving A* – C grades

Wales High School are particularly pleased with their 98.6 per cent pass rate, with 84 per cent of students successfully securing a place at their first choice university, and a third of these to elite universities.

There were some incredible performances including Robin Scobbie, who gained a place at Cambridge with 4 A*s. He will be studying Engineering. Melissa Driver will be studying Spanish at Oxford with 3 A*s. Alex Morton-Cooper will soon be at Imperial College studying Physics, with 3 A*s. Harry Clarke will be studying at the University of Manchester, also with 3 A*s. Adam Smith and Holly Raynor, both with A* and A’s, will be at Durham

Brinsworth achieved a 99.2 per cent pass rate which is up 0.3 per cent on last year with 72.2 per cent of pupils achieving A* – C grades.

Wickersley School saw an overall pass rates of 98.5 per cent, with 68.6 per cent of pupils gaining an A* – C grade.

The percentage of passes at Maltby Academy was 95.5 per cent, with 60.2 per cent of pupils achieving gades A* – C

Cllr Gordon Watson, Deputy Leader of Rotherham Council and, Cabinet Member for Children's Services & Neighbourhood Working, 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 71.2%
  • Number of entries achieving A*- B Grades - which shows the LA at 42.4%
  • Number of entries achieving A*- A Grades - which shows the LA at 19.8% - this is 5.7% below national