Region's A-level results buck national decline

PUBLISHED: 14:39 14 August 2014 | UPDATED: 14:39 14 August 2014

Weston College students get their A-level results.

Weston College students get their A-level results.

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The region's schools and colleges bucked the national trend with pass rates better or as good as they were in 2013.

Schools in Churchill, Highbridge, and Cheddar welcomed dozens of nervous students earlier this morning as the teenagers opened up envelopes containing their exam results.

At Churchill Academy and Sixth Form, 99 per cent of exams were passed with 78 per cent of papers graded A*-C.

Headteacher Barry Wratten said the results continued a ‘long tradition of outstanding performance’.

King Alfred School, in Highbridge, celebrated sending its first pupil to Oxford or Cambridge in more than a decade and matched last year’s unblemished 100 per cent pass mark.

And an excellent 99.4 per cent pass rate was achieved at Cheddar’s Kings Of Wessex Academy too, with a third of grades being A* or A.

The scenes of joy were replicated at Weston College too, where the pass rate increased on last year.

Dr Paul Phillips, the college’s principal, said the majority of students have got into their first choice university once again.

Nationally however pass rates dropped for the first time in more than 30 years – albeit only slightly from 98.1 to 98 per cent.

* For lots of photos from A-level results day and reaction from each school and college, see next week’s Mercury.

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