A-level results dip for second year

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A-LEVEL pass rates in St Helens have fallen for the second year running amid concerns radical changes to the education system by government ministers are hitting hard-working students.

St Helens Council this morning released figures showing 98 per cent of students achieved a A* to E pass, down from 98.5 per cent last year, and below the national average of 98.1 per cent.

Rainhill High was among the best performing schools, with every single pupil achieving a pass grade for the second year running, and 83.3 per cent winning A* to C and 50 per cent scoring A* to B.

St Helens Council Director of Children and Young People’s Services Andy Dempsey said: “I am delighted for all our young people who have achieved success today and I applaud all their hard work and effort.

“I continue to be impressed by the commitment of staff within our schools, academies and colleges who continue to work incredibly hard to support the young people of St Helens in achieving the success they have achieved today.

“I wish all students the best of luck with the next stage of their lives whether it be in employment or moving on to life at university.”

Coun Sue Murphy, cabinet member for Schools and Lifelong Learning, said: “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.”

A council spokeswoman added: “It is important to acknowledge and celebrate the achievement of our students in other A level equivalent examinations, BTEcs, vocational courses and the International Baccalaureate.

“First indications for these A Level equivalent qualifications are very promising and an improvement on last year in all schools, academies and colleges.”