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A-level results day in St Helens
Updated 5:39pm Thursday 15th August 2013 in News
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More happy scenes at Rainford on results day
News on some of Rainford's top performers...
- Mark Hardy achieved 3 A*s in English Language and Literature, Extended Project and General Studies and 3 As in Geography, Mathematics and Business Studies and will be reading Business Economics at Liverpool University.
- Gregory Lowe achieved an A* in the Extended Project Qualification, 3 As in Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics and has secured an Apprenticeship with BAE.
- Zoe Murphy achieved an A* in the Extended Project Qualification, 3 As in Product Design, Art and Media Studies and will commence an Art Foundation Course at Carmel College.
- Harry Barton achieved an A* in Mathematics, an A in Further Mathematics and a B in Physics and will be reading Mathematics at Lancaster University.
- Ben Guile achieved 3 As in Chemistry, Mathematics and Biology and a B in Physics and will be reading Natural Sciences at Lancaster University.
Making the grade: A great picture of students at Rainford High celebrating today
Plenty of success stories coming from Rainford High Technology College.
Danny Hubball, director of sixth form there, says: "I am really pleased with the results this year, both the staff and students have worked extremely hard and deserve a big pat on the back. I wish all the students the very best of luck for the future."
St HELENS College students are celebrating their BTEC Extended Diploma results today.
They scored a 100% achievement rate - and the majority of subject areas achieved triple distinctions (D*).
The BTEC Extended Diploma is equivalent to three A levels, and a triple distinction (D*) grade, equivalent to top A level grades.
Jette Burford, principal, said: "These results reflect the hard work and determination of the students and they should be extremely proud of their results.
"We are delighted that these students now have the opportunity to move into employment or go on to study for a degree.”
All eleven of the college’s subject areas including engineering, animal management, applied science and health & social Care had 100% achievement.
Hope Academy has seen a fantastic step forward with its first full set of A ‘Level & Level 3 results.
The Academy achieved a 98% pass rate with a quarter of results at A*/A / Distinction grades.
Mr Gannon, Principal at Hope Academy, said “I am extremely pleased with this great first full set of results. We have a string of students who in their courses have achieved straight A*, A and Distinction grades.
"The results are a massive improvement on historical performance and I extend my congratulations to all the students and staff who have worked so hard.”
Hope Academy pupils celebrate fantastic A-level results
Here's some happy Cowley students with their results...
Staff and students at Cowley International College Sixth Form are pleased with both A-Level and BTEC results and have seen the average points score per entry increase for the third year in succession.
This year’s A-Level pass rate was 99.4 per cent, whilst the vocational diploma pass rate has remained at 100 per cent, with an increased number of students gaining a Distinction or Distinction star (Distinction*), which is the equivalent of grade A or A* at A-Level.
Top performers include Nicole Fagan, who achieved five Distinction stars and is set to study Musical Theatre at The Arden School of Theatre.
Joanne Wilson secured two As and two Bs and is set to read Modern Foreign Languages at University College London while Scott Gordon passed with one A and two Bs, cementing his place at Aberystwyth University to read Astrophysics.
Matt Hesketh - Director of Post 16 Learning said: "The results this year build on the on-going success we have enjoyed in previous years. We are delighted for the significant number of students who have really excelled and are extremely proud of their achievements."
Councillor Sue Murphy, Cabinet Member for Schools and Lifelong Learning
at St Helens Council said: “This is excellent news! We hear that A-levels are increasingly becoming difficult yet our students continue to do very well.
"This is as a result of the hard work of staff and students in our schools, academies and colleges.
"I would like to congratulate all the young people on their results and wish them well for their future.
"I must also thank parents for the support and commitment they have given to their children that has enabled them to succeed. “
More info from St Helens Council press release: Carmel College has once again reported outstanding results with excellent performance at all grade levels.
Both Hope and Sutton Academy have seen "an overall improvement in pass rates with Sutton improving by 3.3% and Hope improving by 5.5%. Both Academies reported significantly improved pass rates for the higher entries of A*-B and A*-C."
Rainhill High School has achieved 100per cent pass rate for the second year running with 83.3per cent of passes being at A*-C grade. Nearly 50% of students achieved A*-B.
Via St Helens Council: Provisional A-E pass rate for St Helens is 98per cent and this in line with the national average of 98.1per cent for A-level results.
@Saints1890 congratulations to @alexhoban_ on getting in to Liverpool university #saintsheartbeat— @MarkSaintsHoban 15 August 2013
Good luck to any cuthies kids getting their A Level results today! #FingersCrossed— @cuthiesoneworld 15 August 2013
@Saints1890 Passed all my exams so my parents are getting me a 2014 season ticket for Saints!!! Yayyyy!!!! #COYS— @MattBonnell 15 August 2013
The national picture shows that boys have outperformed girls in the very top grade again this year, and widened the gap, with 8% of boys' entries attaining an A* compared with 7.4% of girls.
Girls are still slightly ahead in A*-A grades combined, but their results dropped half a percentage point this year to narrow the gap between the genders.
Overall, 26.6% of girls' entries got at least an A grade, compared with 27.1% last year, while 26% of boys' exams achieved this standard, up from 25.8% in 2012. A-level economics is seeing a surge in popularity, the figures suggest, with 26,139 entries this year.
The number of people taking the subject has risen by 50% since 2007. But young people continue to turn their backs on many modern foreign languages, with both French and German entries down again this year.
The numbers taking Spanish have risen by 4.1% on last year.
A grades fall for second year
The proportion of A-levels awarded at least an A grade has fallen for the second year in a row, official figures have showed.
In total, 26.3% of entries scored an A or A* this year, down from 26.6% in 2012 - a drop of 0.3%.
It is believed to be the second biggest fall in the history of A-levels. The A*-A pass rate fell for the first time in more than 20 years last year.
The latest drop comes amid rising numbers of teenagers taking A-levels in science and maths.
Good luck to everyone with their #Alevel results today #exam #results— @Cowleian 15 August 2013
Getting the right advice is vital today...here's some information on how careers advisers at Connexions will be helping.
Careers advisers will be available at secondary schools across town to offer guidance to students receiving results for A-levels or equivalent qualifications.
The service will be available throughout results day and for the weeks leading up to key decision- making points.
The local authority has advisers in place to support young people who need ongoing support to make their next step in learning or work.
Advisers are based at community venues throughout St Helens and appointments can be made at times to suit students.
Young people looking for careers information, advice or guidance after receiving A-level results can access individual support and also email any questions, relating to employment, education or training directly to their careers adviser.
Contact Connexions at Starting Point, 4-6 Hardshaw Street, St Helens. Call 08432 211 012 from 9am to 5pm or via Facebook @Connexions St Helens.
Students can also access the website for further information and live help at connexionslive.com.
St Helens young people can email personaladviser@connexions live.com or telephone the GMCP free phone number 0800 0126 606.
This service is available from Monday to Friday between 9am and 9pm.
REMINDER: A2 Results available from 7am in the college building. AS Results available from 9am in the college building.— @RainfordCollege 15 August 2013
According to national reports, a record number of students have already been accepted on to university courses, official figures show.
As of midnight, 385,910 applicants had been accepted by UK universities and colleges - 31,600 more than at the same point last year, a rise of 9%.
The admissions service Ucas said it is the highest number of acceptances ever recorded.
The figures come as students across England, Wales and Northern Ireland learn their A-level results.
The figures show that around 345,300 applicants have been accepted to their first choice of university.
Wishing all #sthelens #warrington #liverpool #wigan #widnes students good luck & success for #resultsday tomorrow! http://t.co/dy8Kx2Xogk— @StHelensCollege 14 August 2013
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