Students from across Sunderland are celebrating their A-level results today (Thursday 17 August) as the city saw a rise in the number of pupils achieving the top A and A* grades.
- The percentage of pupils achieving A and A* grades in Sunderland rose by 2% on 2016
- 74% of pupils passed their A levels (Grade A to C), up from 70% last year
- 20% of pupils achieved A and A* grades
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.
Simon Marshall, Director for Education at Together for Children, said: “I’d like to congratulate all our young people picking up their A-level results today and wish them every success in the future. No matter what results were achieved today, they should be proud of their achievements and their hard work at getting this far.
“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 needs to be recognised and celebrated. As a city we should be really proud of the fact that we have seen our number of A and A* grades grow since last year. It really is a fantastic achievement and paves the way for future success.”
Councillor Louise Farthing, Portfolio Holder for Children’s Services at Sunderland City Council, added: “All students, staff and parents should be congratulated for their hard work and dedication in this year’s A-level exams. It is testament to their efforts that we have seen success stories today across Sunderland.
“Our young people are the future of the city and 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.”