STUDENTS from across St Helens are today celebrating after their A-level results bucked the national trend for falling pass rates.
While many towns and cities across England and Wales have seen results dip for the first time a generation, St Helens recorded a sizeable rise.
A council spokeswoman said the overall proportion of students in St Helens achieving A* to B was 48.4 per cent compared to 47.2 per cent in 2011.
The percentage of student achieving A to C grades was 74.6 per cent, an increase on 2011’s 72 per cent.
The overall pass rate of A to E grade was 98.5 per cent, 0.5 per cent higher than the national average.
Nationally, pass rates have fallen for the first in almost two decades following calls for tougher exams and marking.
A council spokeswoman said: “All results are significantly above national improvements and Carmel College has once again reported outstanding results.
Two schools have achieved 100 per cent pass rate Rainford and Rainhill.
“We also acknowledge and celebrate the achievement of our students in other A-level equivalent examinations, BTEcs, vocational courses and the International Baccalaureate.”
Councillor Alison Bacon, cabinet member for Children and Young People’s Services, said: “This is a success story built on the hard work of staff and students in our schools 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 their continued support and commitment. Very well done to you all.”
Acting Director of Children and Young People’s Services, Andy Dempsey added: “This is a great success story for A Level students in St Helens.
“The level of improvements far surpasses the national average. Students are to be applauded for their hard work which has paid off with such significant results.”