Sheffield students are celebrating record-breaking A-level results today – with some schools reporting massive improvements.
Sixth forms and colleges across the city said this year had been their ‘best ever’.
King Ecgbert School in Dore said its A* to B pass rate had soared from 59 per cent in 2012 to 73 per cent this year – and hoped it could be the highest pass rate of any of the city’s state schools.
Headteacher Lesley Bowes said: “We are absolutely delighted. It is a record, the best we have ever had.
“In terms of A* and A grades the pass rate is 42 per cent.
“We’ve also got a lot of outstanding performances.”
Staff at Tapton School in Crosspool were also overjoyed with their higher grade pass rate of 66 per cent – a rise of nine per cent.
Andrew Wright, head of sixth form, said: “It’s also the best result we have ever had.
“We’ve got 28 students from our cohort of 206 who’ve achieved all A* and A grades which is also outstanding.”
All Saints Catholic High School on Granville Road is also celebrating a leap in its A* to B pass rate, up from 49 to 61 per cent.
Headteacher Bob Sawyer said the overall pass rate had reached 100 per cent.
He added: “We were predicting the A* to B pass rate to be in the 50 per cent region so to reach 61 is absolutely marvellous.
“To have a 12 per cent increase is amazing and we have had some exceptional achievements by students.
“We’ve got some pupils going on to Cambridge University and who have all A* or A grades.”
At Longley Park Sixth Form College the A* to B pass rate was 36 per cent – an increase of around six per cent.
Vice principal Donald McLean said: “Our overall pass rate was 99 per cent which is our best ever. We are very pleased with that and the higher grades are an improvement too.
“Everything seems to be going up.”
Meadowhead School is also on course for a record-breaking year.
Headteacher Steve Fowler said: “It’s certainly our best ever results with a lot more pupils passing and higher grades.
“We are still waiting for some results to come in but we are really pleased.
“It’s only our second year of doing A-levels, we have got probably 50 per cent more students this year with over 100, and they all passed just about.”
High Storrs too reported a rise, with 28 per cent achieving A* and A passes.
At King Edward VII School in Broomhill, 17 students have got all A* or A grades and 10 will take places at either Oxford or Cambridge universities.
The A* to B pass rate was 56 per cent.
Headteacher Beverley Jackson said: “It has been another excellent year for sixth form students at King Edward VII School – superb results at both A-level and AS level.”
Sheffield College – the city’s biggest A-level provider – said its overall pass rate had remained the same at around 97 per cent. In total 16 students had achieved A* grades.
Bill Jones, executive director of student experience, said: “We are very pleased we have maintained a strong A-level pass rate.
“I would like to congratulate our students on the hard work they have put in, to consistently achieve an excellent set of results, and thank our staff for the support they have given.”
At Mount St Mary’s College in Spinkhill 52 per cent of pupils achieved A* to B passes and 29 per cent A* and A. The overall pass rate was 94 per cent with 74 per cent achieving grades A to C.
Birkdale School in Broomhill also achieved its best ever A-level results with 85 per cent of pupils getting grades A* to B.