A Level success for Leeds students

Leeds, Leeds Star

Early signs suggest young people in Leeds will be celebrating again today (18 August) after achieving top grades in their A-level and BTEC exams.

Over 2700 Leeds pupils are receiving their results today and although the full extent of the results won’t be known until later in the year, early signs are that many students in Leeds are continuing to do well.

Leeds City Council is still collecting results from across the city, but early indicators from the schools and academies with sixth forms who have provided their results show that across all qualifications at this level, the average points achieved per entry is 32. This means the average ‘grade’ achieved by Leeds pupils is just above a C at A’ Level.

There is a new tariff for Key Stage 5 qualifications this year, so results cannot be compared with previous years.

Councillor Lisa Mulherin executive board member for children and families said:

“I would like congratulate everyone on what they have achieved today. These results demonstrate a lot of hard work, effort and determination, as well as the high quality of teaching in our schools.

“Our ambition to be a child friendly city means making sure that all of our children and young people are given the best possible chance of getting the qualifications and skills they need to succeed in the years ahead. Our young people are leaving school and college with essential skills and qualifications, which will help them to achieve their full potential in life.”

For those young people who are still considering their future options after receiving their results the council has organised a careers event on Thursday 1st September 2016, 1pm-7pm at Leeds Civic Hall. The ‘Next Steps’ event will include information on apprenticeships and traineeships still available across the city to start now for the 2016/17 academic year. For more information please visit: www.leeds.gov.uk/leedspathways/Pages/leedsnextsteps.aspx

Young people can also visit www.leeds.gov.uk/results and www.leeds.gov.uk/leedspathways/Pages/What-next-18-.aspx for information on clearing for university, apprenticeships, applying for jobs and more.

Notes to editors:

*These figures are for maintained schools with sixth forms and academies but do not include colleges, who will be publishing their own results separately.

The points per entry figure is a measurement which demonstrates the quality of grades achieved rather than the number. 30 points equates to a C grade at A’ Level.

The points per entry indicator is now considered to be the main performance measures used to judge the effectiveness of schools’ post-16 provision.

To put these into context, the point score equivalence to A’ level grades are:

A* – 60

A – 50

B – 40

C – 30

D – 20

E – 10