More than 43 per cent of Oxon pupils get top grades

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RESULTS of this year’s A-level exams suggest more than 43 per cent of Oxfordshire pupils got A*, A or B grades.

Oxfordshire County Council (OCC) said early indications show an increase in the number of pupils getting higher grades this year.

OCC member for schools, Councillor Margaret Tilley, said: “There is real delight here today for a significant number of students who have secured some outstanding results; a clear testament to their individual commitment and hard work.”

She added: “Gaining good results has never been so important. As you will be aware the competition for university places is tougher this year than ever before and students have had to work incredibly hard to gain their required grades.”

The proportion of pupils getting two or more Level 3 passes – including A-level or equivalent exams – is more than 95 per cent, roughly in line with last year.

Twelve schools had five or more students getting at least three A grades. Bicester Community College had five pupils with at least three A grades, and Gosford Hill School had six.

A further 70 students were awarded distinctions in their Level 3 vocational qualifications. Oxford and Cherwell Valley College also reported a high pass rate, with 17 out of 20 subjects achieving a 100 per cent passes.

Councillor Tilley added: “While we join in celebration, we must also recognise that among the many students involved, there will be some who did not receive the results they had hoped for today.

“These young people will no doubt be in need of reassurance and they must take confidence in the support that is available for them, through their schools and colleges, to help them consider their next steps.

“With an increase in competition for university places across the country, I urge Oxfordshire students not to panic and to take full advantage of the available support from their teachers, lecturers and other sources.”