Thursday, 15 August 2013

Early signs suggest another year of A-level success for young people in Leeds

Early signs suggest young people in Leeds will be celebrating again today (15 August) after achieving top grades in their A-level exams.

Leeds City Council is still collecting results from across the city, but early indicators - from around 70 per cent of schools and academies with sixth forms* - show that 87 per cent of students have passed three or more A level grades – an increase of around four percentage points from last year.

The current figures also suggest that Leeds will see around 99 per cent of students passing at least one A- Level exam.

Councillor Judith Blake, executive board member responsible for children’s services, said:
“The A level results that we have collected so far this year are very encouraging, with early signs indicating an increase in the number of young people in Leeds that have been successful in achieving three or more A level grades.

“I would like congratulate everyone on their achievements which demonstrates their hard work, effort and determination, as well as the high quality of teaching in our schools and colleges.

“Our ambition to be a child friendly city means making sure that all of our children and young people are given the best possible chance of getting the qualifications and skills they need to succeed in the years ahead.”

Nigel Richardson, director of children’s services said:
“Once again we are seeing some excellent A-level results across the city. Our young people are leaving school and college with essential skills and qualifications, which will help them to achieve their full potential in life.

“Schools, colleges, parents and carers all play a huge part in young people’s exam successes and they deserve recognition for their support and efforts over the last two years.”

The full picture of the overall results in Leeds will be published in the autumn term.

Notes to editors:
These figures are for maintained schools with sixth forms and academies but do not include colleges, who will be publishing their own results separately.

For media enquiries, please contact:
Emma Whittell, Leeds City Council press office, on (0113) 247 4713