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A LEVEL pass rates topped 98 per cent across St Helens last week – echoing the record-breaking national picture.

More than 47 per cent of pupils achieved at least one A*-B grade, an improvement of five per cent compared to last year.

The number of students gaining at least one A-C grade was 71.5 per cent, compared to 67.8 per cent in 2010.

Most local sixth forms recorded significantly improved overall pass rates compared with last year.

Bob Hepworth, the borough’s acting director of children and young people’s services, said: “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.”

Coun Eric Smith, St Helens Council’s cabinet member for children, young people and learning services, added: “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.”

Meanwhile, Knowsley’s A Level results also hit new heights.

Provisional A*-C grades and equivalent results increased by 6.6 per cent compared to last year, while the number of A*-E grades improved by one per cent.

Coun Graham Wright, Knowsley Council’s cabinet member for children and family services, said: “Congratulations to all the students from Knowsley who have worked so hard and done so well this year.

“It is wonderful to see the borough’s young people being motivated to do well in these qualifications.

“They deserve great praise for their efforts and I hope they will go on to achieve great things.“

Damian Allen, the borough’s executive director of children and family services, said: “My congratulations go to the students and teachers who have worked really hard to achieve these results and I wish the students all the very best in their future, whether they go on to higher education or choose to take their first steps on the career ladder.

“Our young people should be commended for their hard work, not just at A level but in other qualifications such as BTEC and other vocational qualifications.”

l Turn to page 21 for our A-level special