A-level figures reveal gulf in pupil performance

There's a large range in pupils' exam results across the region
There's a large range in pupils' exam results across the region

Parents of A-level students held their breath this week when it was revealed how well schools are faring.

Many schools across the region can boast an impressive percentage of sixth formers gaining at least three A-levels at A*-C in 2014.

Top performer the Royal Latin School helped 97 per cent of its pupils gain three good A-levels.

But figures made grim reading for The Buckingham School, with only 28 per cent of pupils doing the same – the lowest performer in the Advertiser and Review patch.

However, the school was keen to stress the amount of students who landed places at university, as opposed to the level of grades.

Deputy headteacher Dr Jo Trevenna said: “52 per cent of the cohort secured places at university.

“Students secured impressive grades in a variety of subjects, with vocational elements combining with a broader range of academic A-levels, to promote student opportunity at higher education.

“Subjects such as English Literature, Media and Photography were real strengths and the AS grades are extremely promising for this year’s A-levels.”

Stowe School were the second-best performer on patch, with 94 per cent of its pupils getting three good A-levels.

Bicester community college was third (90 per cent), Magdalen College School (86 per cent) was fourth and Cooper School (83 per cent) was fifth. Sponne School (80 per cent) was sixth and Akeley Wood (79 per cent) was seventh. The Buckingham School placed eighth.