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A-Level results - latest news from Bradford district
Updated 12:01pm Thursday 15th August 2013 in News
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Ilkley Grammar School is yet again one of the top schools nationally at ‘A’ Level after another set of excellent results.
9.1 per cent of students came out with the top A* grade, 32.2 per cent achieved A*/A and 59.6 per cent A*-B
There were some outstanding individual performances, with 4 students attaining three or more A*: Tom Connell, Amy Luxton, Hannah Pulford and Kieran Roebuck. Also five students achieved the required results to study Medicine: Ben Loach, Chris Oddy, Mia Prosser, Hannah Pulford and Mark Burnett.
Particularly pleasing was that almost all students secured their preferred place in Higher Education. These included Tom Day who secured his place at Girton College, Cambridge to read History.
Headteacher, Gillian James, was delighted that such excellence was being sustained. “We expect the best and our students have delivered yet again. It’s not easy: they have to work hard, and set their sights high. I admire them all and remain, as always, extremely grateful to our staff and they too work hard to ensure students gain the success they deserve.”
Impressive results at Beckfoot school in Bingley meant that 85 per cent of pupils were offered their first choice place at university, a record number for the school.
A spokesman for Bradford Council said today: "Tong High, Beckfoot, Belle Vue Girls, Laisterdyke Business and Enterprise and the University Academy Keighley have done particularly well at A level."
We are pleased to announce 99.6% pass rate overall! Best results ever! :)— @Tong_HighSchool 15 August 2013
Our #clearing numbers if you need us are 0800 073 1225 or 0300 456 2666 from a mobile. Have a chat with us friendly people @BradManagement— @DebbieAllcock 15 August 2013
Watch Archaeological Sciences student graduate videos@BradfordUni http://t.co/Sw8AlJOsXL #clearing 0800 073 1225— @LifeSci_UoB 15 August 2013
We’ve had a few calls already this morning from great candidates. We do still have places for law. Call us 0800 073 1225 or 0300 456 2666— @BradUniLaw 15 August 2013
Belle Vue Boys' School and Belle Vue Girls' School saw great results, with the girls school seeing the number of pupils getting top grades increase, especially in the sciences.
The boys school saw its best ever results, with most getting a place in university.
Students at Bradford Grammar School opening their results this morning. Hope you did well, chaps!
Excellent clearing courses in education, early years, youth, community: call 01274 433444 to find out more.— @bradfordcollege 15 August 2013
43% of Bradford College students have achieved grades B and above ...well done!!!#Bradfordcollege— @Aspirei 15 August 2013
Results were also impressive at Tong High School. One pupil, Olivia Sewell was re-thinking her plan to take a gap year after performing well above her expectations. She gained A* grades in her BTEC dance, music and drama. A teary Olivia said she was now considering whether to start university this year.
There are limited places available on a wide range of creative courses at Bradford School of Arts and Media. Get ready for #Clearing— @BradfordArtsMed 13 August 2013
The Bradford College #clearing hotline opens 7am, 15 August. Tel: 01274 433444 We're here to help you find the right course for you.— @bradfordcollege 14 August 2013
Good luck to all the pirates getting their #Alevels results today. Ye don't need an A Level to be a pirate so stress ye not. #BingleyPirates— @BingleyFestival 15 August 2013
Congratulations to Narnia actress Georgie Henley, who today scooped an A* in History and A grades in English and Latin - which gets her a place at Cambridge reading English.
Georgie and her fellow students at Bradford Grammar School attended a celebration breakfast to find out their grades.
Good luck to everyone receiving A level results today. To all those new to #teambradford we look forward to meeting you! @BradfordUniSU— @UBU_Women 15 August 2013
Don't forget - university isn't the only option for those getting their A-Level results today - have you thought about a vocational course or apprenticeship?
Helen Hayes, policy adviser to the North East Chamber of Commerce, said: "Congratulations to everyone receiving A-Level results. Hopefully the hard work throughout the year has been rewarded with good grades.
"As young people assess their next move, it is important that vocational pathways such as apprenticeships are considered as they offer an increasingly attractive option to those seeking an alternative to university."
She added: "It is vital that people coming out of full time education are equipped with the right skills to integrate into the regional workforce.
"Businesses create jobs and most want to work with young people to train and employ them.
"There are great initiatives across the North East which link education and business to give young people the best preparation to enter the workforce."
Ms Hayes also cited "an increasing appetite from schools, colleges and universities to engage with the business community" as an encouraging sign for the prospects of young people in the region.
"We need to strengthen these relationships if we are to make a real difference - with emphasis on the qualities that future employers will be looking for to shape their workforces."
This is something we've done a lot of work on at the T&A - check out our Foundation for Jobs campaign.
Don't forget, we'll be running a bumper in-paper supplement of all the results sent to us by local schools and colleges in next Wednesday's Telegraph & Argus, along with pictures and individual stories. Don't miss it!
Early signs show that some Bradford schools have achieved record results, as one teaching union called for politicians to focus on the good news rather than trying to score political points by denigrating students’ success.
Belle Vue Girls’ School, in Heaton, enjoyed a 50 per cent increase in the number of pupils gaining a A* to B grade, and 72 per cent gaining the top grade in their AS levels.
Head teacher Mary Copeland said: “I am so proud of our students and staff. These excellent results have sprung from high aspiration, a smart approach to academic study and a great deal of hard work.”
University Academy in Keighley celebrated a seven per cent rise in pass rates compared to last year, with a 98 per cent overall pass rate. High numbers of students attained grades A*-B including. In the Business Studies BTEC qualification, 50 per cent of students attained Distinction.
Head teacher Lisa Wallsgrove said: “We congratulate our students on their hard work and their well-deserved results. We wish them every success for the future.”
Despite the success stories, many commentators instead chose to use results day to denigrate pupils’ achievements, which was a “betrayal” of young people’s hard work, according to one teaching union.
Chris Keates, general secretary of the NASUWT, said: “The results are the culmination of an immense amount of hard work by young people and their teachers. It would be a real boost for them if just for once success and achievement could be the focus of any comment made by the Government and its supporters.
“A-levels are extremely challenging qualifications and the year-on-year success of the last decade has been down to the sheer hard work of all involved.
“Claims of grade inflation, dumbing- down and easy options have all been political ruses to justify ideological change. They have no basis in evidence.”
The Information Commissioner’s Office reminded pupils unhappy with their grades of their right to see how their exams had been marked. Under the Data Protection Act, students can ask to see a breakdown of their marks, examiners’ comments and the minutes of examination appeals panels.
Deputy commissioner David Smith said: “The information may not lead to their grades being altered, but it could help them to make important decisions about their future, such as whether to re-sit an exam.”
Pupils who do not get the grades they want have been reminded that they have other options apart from university. The Association of School and College Leaders says that changes to admissions will find many pupils who gain Bs instead of As may be “squeezed out” of university places. General secretary Brian Lightman said: “Students who miss out, step back. You have still got really good qualifications that will give you lots of opportunities.”
Sixth-formers who miss out on their predicted A-level grades should not dwell on the disappointment, and realise the situation could be worse, according to an academic.
Dr Matthew Smith, a senior lecturer in psychology at Buckinghamshire New University, said the best way for students to cope is to accept their results and start looking for other opportunities.
Exploring other options helps people to "move on" from their failure, he suggested.
His advice comes as England, Wales and Northern Ireland learn their A-level results.
Would-be university students can log into the Track service on the Ucas website to see if they have secured their degree place, or if they are eligible to enter clearing.
Clearing is the process that matches students who have not received offers, or who have been turned down by their original choices because they failed to meet the required grades, with available courses. A second system, adjustment, allows students who have done better than expected to trade up to a different course or institution.
Dr Smith said: "The best way to cope with disappointment is acceptance. Look to get it out of your system as soon as possible and look on the bright side. One of the first and most important steps is acceptance and accepting that you have not achieved what you wanted to achieve.
"This is not easy and can be quite challenging and it comes as a shock to people that they have not achieved what they wanted and immediately wish things had gone better. Here, acceptance must come in as quickly as possible."
Students should try to turn the situation to their advantage and look for other courses based on the results they have, he said.
"Exploring other options and opening up other opportunities will help you move on. Also, keep perspective. This is not the be-all and end-all and what has happened doesn't mean that your life is over. In a way it presents an exciting new amount of challenges and opportunities.
"For a long-term strategy for coping with disappointment, counterfactual thinking can be useful. Look at what has happened and realise that it could have been worse. For example, if you hoped for three As in your A-levels and have ended up with three Cs, think that it could have been worse and that you could have three Ds. Adopting this way of thinking helps you look on the bright side quicker and to move on."
Dr Smith added: "Ultimately when dealing with disappointment don't dwell on it. Realise that there are plenty of other opportunities and go out and grab them. There is no point in dwelling on it as you make it worse in the long-run."
Ucas, the university admissions service, said that students can start looking for courses with vacancies on its website.
It is thought that a number of leading universities will enter the clearing and adjustment process this year to offer last minute places to students who score at least an A and two Bs, as changes to higher education mean that there is no limit on the number of students above this threshold that they can recruit.
Students can make official clearing choices from 5pm today, but should call institutions beforehand to discuss courses and whether there are places available, Ucas said.
Ucas chief executive Mary Curnock Cook, said: "There will be a rich variety of courses offering vacancies through clearing this year, across a range of universities and colleges.
"Some 12 per cent of all enrolments last year were through clearing which has now become a mainstream application route for higher education.
"If you are flexible and open-minded, clearing offers a chance to re-think your choices, make more realistic applications or even to fulfill new ambitions."
UCAS advisers are available to answer questions from 7.30am on 0871 468 0 468. Students can also speak to professional careers advisers through the Exam Results Helpline from 8am on 0808 100 8000.
If your results are worse - or better - than expected then you might want to go through the university clearing process to see what courses are available to you.
At Bradford University they have a dedicated clearing hotline:
0800 073 1225 or 0300 456 2666
And you can log on to their clearing website here.
And who's doing best, boys or girls..?
The national picture shows that boys have outperformed girls in the very top grade again this year, and widened the gap, with 8 per cent of boys' entries attaining an A* compared with 7.4 per cent of girls.
Girls are still slightly ahead in A*-A grades combined, but their results dropped half a percentage point this year to narrow the gap between the genders.
Overall, 26.6 per cent of girls' entries got at least an A grade, compared with 27.1 per cent last year, while 26 per cent of boys' exams achieved this standard, up from 25.8 per cent in 2012.
First of all, here's the national picture on results:
The proportion of A-levels awarded at least an A grade has fallen for the second year in a row, official figures showed today.
In total, 26.3 per cent if entries scored an A or A* this year, down from 26.6 per cent in 2012 - a drop of 0.3 per cent It is believed to be the second biggest fall in the history of A-levels.
The A*-A pass rate fell for the first time in more than 20 years last year.
The latest drop comes amid rising numbers of teenagers taking A-levels in science and maths.
It had previously been suggested by some that an increased focus on traditional subjects, such as maths and science, could fuel a slight drop, as youngsters who may not have considered taking these subjects in the past, and may not be as strong in them, are now opting for the courses to help their chances of securing a university place.
In total, biology, chemistry and physics accounted for 17.8 per cent of all entries - up from 17 per cent last year and 15 per cent in 2009, according to figures published by the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ).
And one in eight (12 per cent) of entries were for maths or further maths, up from 11.5 per cent last year and 9.8 per cent five years ago.
There were almost 24,000 more entries for the sciences this year compared with 2009, JCQ said, and nearly 19,000 more for maths courses.
The new statistics also show that the number of entries awarded an A* - the very top grade - also dipped this year, with 7.6 per cent of exams scoring the mark, compared with 7.9 per cent last year.
The overall A*-E pass rate has risen slightly by 0.1 per cent. Some 98.1 per cent of exams achieved at least an E, compared with 98 per cent last year.
It's A-Level results day! We'll be visiting schools and colleges across the district to bring you the news of local successes... and offering some advice if you didn't get the results you were looking for.
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