As the next generation of A level students picked up crucial GCSE results yesterday, the outgoing one prepared for the next stage in life after collecting impressive A level results last week.
On Thursday of last week hundreds of youngsters across the district collected A level results with the annual mix of hugs, celebration and calls home from mobile phones, as well as a few shrugs of the shoulders and tears at disappointing results.
For most there was some reason to party or a sigh with relief, while their schools and colleges across the district reported delight at their efforts.
Christ’s Hospital reported 70 per cent of passes at A*-B, Collyer’s had an A2 pass rate of 99 per cent, Steyning Grammar celebrated a 99 per cent overall pass rate, and Farlington reported outstanding results.
The optimism was reflected by West Sussex County Council, which said early reports provided by school sixth forms showed that young people in West Sussex continue to perform well at A2 , the full A Level that most students take at the age of 18 at the end of a two year course. They also did well at AS Level, which is taken by most students at age 17 after one year or as an addition to A2 at age 18.
The A2 grades for A*-E in West Sussex this year are above national and an improvement on last year. The proportion of passes at A*-B were also slightly up this year. At AS the percentage of passes at Grades A and B show an improvement on last year.
Good results have also been achieved by young people obtaining BTEC Certificates.
Christine Field, acting Cabinet Member for Education and Skills congratulated all West Sussex students studying in Local Authority maintained schools, academies and colleges on their achievements. She said: “I am absolutely delighted with the work ethic shown by students in order to achieve their personal goals.
“I would like to acknowledge the on-going hard work of our teachers in helping young people to achieve these goals, and the tremendous contribution of parents and carers in offering support to youngsters at what I know can be a very stressful time.”