A-level joy as schools report exam successes

Schools and colleges across Sheffield look set to underpin recent progress with a strong performance in this year’s A-level results, published today.

As students gathered to learn their fate, several city sixth forms reported a surge in pass rates. And colleges too have maintained the improvements of recent years.

Sheffield College – the city’s largest A-level centre with more than 700 students – matched its 2012 pass rate of 97%.

Longley Park College achieved its top performance, with 99% passes, 33% at grade A* to B – up 6% on last year.

Birkdale School also reported its best ever A-level results, with 85% at A*-B grade. Delighted headteacher Dr Paul Owen said: “The results are a reflection of the hard work and dedication of both students and staff.”

King Ecgbert School in Dore is also celebrating a top performance, with 73% of passes at A* to B and 42% at A* or A.

Headteacher Lesley Bowes said: “We’re absolutely delighted. It’s a record, the best we’ve ever had.”

Tapton School at Crosspool reported a rise of 9% in its overall pass rate, to 66%, with 28 of the 206 students achieving all A* or A grades.

All Saints RC High School also recorded a leap in high grade passes, up from 49 to 61%. King Edward VII School chalked up 56% A*-B passes and High Storrs too reported a rise, with 28% A*-A passes.

Meanwhile Sheffield University is expecting an increase in the number of high calibre applications. Government policy means that universities may now recruit as many students as they wish achieving grades of ABB or above.