Students from across Sunderland are celebrating their A-level results today (Thursday 16 August) as the city saw a new high in the number of pupils achieving A* to C grades.
- 75% of pupils passed at grade A* to C, up from 70% in 2016.
- 20% of pupils achieved A* and A grades, matching figures seen in 2017
- There were 1,926 individual exams taken in the city.
The improved results for Sunderland come in a year when more intensive final exams were brought in across many courses. These new final exams replaced modular tests, which were previously taken throughout the two-years of study.
For many young people, as well as the culmination of two years of study and hard work, A-level results day also marks the beginning of the next step of their journey through education as grades can be the deciding factor in securing places on courses in chosen universities.
Jill Colbert, Chief Executive at Together for Children, the company that oversees Education services in the city, said: “I’d like to congratulate everyone who received their A-level results today.
Today’s results are great news for our young people and for the city itself. We should be really proud that we have seen a rise in the number of young people achieving A* to C grades and this is testament to hard work and determination of students and staff alike.
“No matter what the final grade, all young people picking up their results today should be proud of their achievements and for getting this far in their education. The efforts of teachers and support staff from our sixth forms and colleges, who work hard to enable students to achieve the best they can, also need to be recognised and celebrated.”
Councillor Louise Farthing, Portfolio Holder for Children’s Services at Sunderland City Council, added: “Every year I’m thrilled to see the A-level success of our young people, who really are a huge credit to our city. My congratulations go to all students, staff and parents for their hard work and dedication towards this year’s exams. It is testament to all of their efforts that we have seen success stories today across Sunderland.
“I wish everyone that collected their results today the best of luck in whatever they chose to do next, be that continuing in education or entering the world of work.”