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Two head teachers reveal best-ever performance as pupils receive their results
Thousands of pupils across the district will today find out if years of hard work has paid off as they receive their A-level results.
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.”
- Bumper supplement of all the results from across the district in Wednesday’s Telegraph & Argus
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