A-level results see a rapid improvement

Downham A Level results Day'Pipa Beesley ANL-150813-121132009
Downham A Level results Day'Pipa Beesley ANL-150813-121132009
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Norfolk’s students are celebrating record provisional A-level results in a year which has seen rapid improvement in education across the county.

Results for Norfolk’s secondary schools and academies showed that 76 per cent of A-levels in the county were graded A* to C – up from 75 per cent on results last year.

The provisional figures for the county do not include Norfolk’s further education and sixth form colleges or independent schools.

These results, and national comparisons, are not published until October.

The improvements come in a year which has seen significant improvement in education across the county.

Twenty-two thousand more children now attend a good or outstanding school and 80 per cent of schools are now at least good or outstanding, up from 63 per cent in 2013.

The county’s five-year-olds have also achieved the county’s best-ever assessment results and are now broadly in line with the national average.

James Joyce, chairman of the children’s services committee at Norfolk County Council, said: “We want every child and young person in Norfolk to have an excellent education.

“The results show by working together, the county’s secondary schools are well on the way to making this a reality.

“The focus now will be to scrutinise these results thoroughly so that we can see where further support and challenge might be needed.

“We want to make sure that every student in the county is achieving the first class education that they deserve.”

Brian Conway, chair of Norfolk Secondary Education leaders, said: “Students across Norfolk deserve praise for their hard work which has delivered these improved A-level results for the county.

“There is a relentless drive among all providers of post 16 education in Norfolk to provide the best opportunities and education for our young people and this will continue as we strive to build upon the improvements of this year.

“On behalf of Norfolk Secondary Education Leaders I wish every young person the very best for the future as they progress into employment, university or apprenticeships.”

Following on from our comprehensive round-up on Friday, which saw an improvement across West Norfolk schools and academies, pupils at Wisbech Grammar School have been celebrating an outstanding set of results.

The school’s upper sixth formers achieved a 100 per cent pass rate once again, with over a third of pupils gaining the top grades A* to A and just over 90 per cent of passes being A* to C grades, which is an improvement on last year.