Pupils celebrate A levels results in Rotherham

Published Thursday, 18th August 2016
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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 98.6 percent pass rate for the borough.

However, the overall national pass rate has stayed the same - at 98.1 percent, meaning the borough is 0.6 percent above the national average.

And some schools have had a record breaking year – including some with 100 percent pass rates. On top of this there are some amazing individual pupil achievements at various schools.

At Brinsworth the equivalent pass rate is at 100 percent - an increase of 0.8 percent from last year. One pupil – Jodie Coburn – has been so successful she is now set to join one of America's top Ivy League Universities, Yale. She will jet off to enrol at the prestigious University in the next couple of days, where she hopes to do languages and engineering after scooping an A in both Chemistry and Biology and B in both German and Maths.

Brinsworth Academy achieved excellent results across all subjects, with a record breaking 50 percent of student achieving grades A*, As or Bs, and the school is reporting the highest ever number of students achieving A* grades.

Joint head teachers Andy Riches and Wayne Barsby said: "These fantastic results are the product of tremendous teaching and excellent student attitudes. Our students have achieved excellence and we are hugely proud of their achievements."

Wickersley School saw a record number of pupils taking A levels this year – 226 – but still maintained high levels with more A*s and As this year than ever before – with 22 percent of pupils gaining one of these grades this year.

Head of sixth form Helen Alderson said: "We are very proud of all our students. They have all worked exceptionally hard this year and there's a lot to celebrate."

Aston's equivalent pass rate is also 100 percent - an increase by 0.4 percent from last year. One pupil - Keaton Askew – even achieved a record five A* grades.

Wales has increased by 0.2 percent to an equivalent pass rate of 99.9 percent while Wath has increased by 0.6 percent to 99.7 percent.

Deputy Leader of Rotherham Council, Cllr Gordon Watson, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People's Services at Rotherham Council, said: "It is great to see so many young people celebrating and achieving some phenomenal 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 young people themselves who have really excelled.

"Clearly 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 for the first time this year showing further improvements, include:

  • Number of entries achieving A*- C Grades – which shows the local authority at 79.3 percent
  • Number of entries achieving A*- B Grades - which shows the local authority at 55.1 percent
  • Number of entries achieving A*- A Grades - which shows the local authority at 30.6 percent (local authority is 4.8 percent above the national average of 25.8 percent on this measure)