Students across Birmingham were today finding out whether two years' hard work has paid off as they picked up their A-level results, BTECs, NVQs and vocational qualifications.
Students across the city's local authority-run sixth form centres returned to school for the day to find out their grades and to share the moment with friends.
Councillor Brigid Jones, cabinet member for children and family services, said: “Studying at this level is no mean feat, and I think all young people deserve congratulations for the hard work they'll have put in over the last two years. Where you've achieved what you've hoped for, a massive congratulations, but where you haven't, don't panic – it's not the end of the world, and there will be other opportunities out there.
“Teachers, support staff, parents and carers deserve thanks for the tremendous support they give our young people through their studies and beyond.
“Some young people will be moving into employment and we are continuing to work with local employers to increase the number of jobs and apprenticeships available in the city and wider region.
“Others will be heading to university, further study or training, and whatever path they choose I wish everyone all the best for the future.”
Early indications show Birmingham's A-level performance has been sustained, there are some fantastic individual pupil and school outcomes.
Examples of good performance are:
John Willmott school has noteworthy A-Level results with one student achieving a fabulous 2 A* and 2As, with good improvement in 1 or more at A*-B measure.
The Arthur Terry School is delighted to announce yet another year of outstanding A'Level examination results with 40% of examination entries being achieved at A*, A or B grade.
Bordesley Green Girls’ School and Sixth Form - 1 pupil achieved A* or A's in biology, chemistry, maths and further maths. Head of Sixth Form Manjit Rai said: “These are our best results ever and it is particularly pleasing to see our girls gaining success for very competitive courses at some of the best universities in the country.”
King Edward VI Handsworth School for Girls – A-level results have remained at an outstanding level this year. Head teacher, Mrs E Wager, said “I'm absolutely thrilled that the hard work and effort of all of the students, staff and parents have been rewarded with these outstanding results. Overall 13% of our A-level entries were awarded the highest grade A*, 48% achieved A*/A and 78% were at A*/B. This is substantially about the national averages which are 8.2%, 26% and 52.4% in the same classifications. In addition, 35% of students gained at least 3 A grades at A-level.”
Kings Norton Girls’ School - 4 pupils achieving 2 or more A* grades.
Hill Crest School - 1 pupil achieving 5 A Levels all at A* – B grade and another pupil achieving 4 A Levels all at A* – B grade.
Bishop Vesey's Grammar School - 1 pupil with five A* grades and has a prestigious OCR Bursary to read economics at Cambridge University.
Good improvement for the following schools for 1 or more at A*-B:
- The Arthur Terry School
- Aston Manor School
- Heartlands Academy
- John Willmott school
- Washwood Heath Technology College
- Kings Norton Girls’ School
- Lordswood Boys and Sixth Form Centre
Please note this is based on 57% of schools returning results these are very provisional indications.