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A-Level results are a tribute to hard work of pupils, parents and schools
10:00am Sunday 18th August 2013 in News
With thousands of youngsters in Cornwall receiving their exam results this week Cornwall Council has paid tribute to the hard work and commitment of students, schools and colleges and to the support provided by parents and carers.
Andrew Wallis, the council’s cabinet member for children and young people, said: "I would like to congratulate everyone on their achievements and wish them luck in whatever path they take.
“I am delighted that , once again, many young people in Cornwall have done so well.”
The national results show a slight fall this year in the proportion of A-levels awarded top grades. Nationally just over a quarter of exam entries - 26.3% - have received A or A* grades, compared with 2012's figure of 26.6 .
Girls are still more likely than boys to get an A* or an A; 26.7% of their entries hitting this mark, compared with 25.9% for those of boys; but boys this year were slightly more likely to get the highest grade - A*; 7.9% of boys' entries got an A*, compared with 7.4% of those of girls.
The national results also show more students are opting to do A-levels in maths and science, with economics the subject with the biggest rise in entries - up 7.4%. Chemistry rose by 5.2% and physics by 3.1%. Maths rose by just under 3% and further maths by 4.5%. There has been a fall in those taking French and German, down by 10% and 11% respectively, however, Spanish has seen an increase in entries of 4%.
Deanne Fishbourne, Head of Service for Schools, Achievement and SEN, said: “Hopefully everyone has got the grades they need to go onto the next stage, whether that is to higher education or to the world of work.
"However, if you have not done as well as you had hoped, then please don’t panic as there is a huge amount of support available from schools and colleges.”
Officers from the Local Authority will now be working with headteachers and governors to analyse both the A levels results and this year’s GCSE results, due to be released next week.
The results of this analysis will help to inform a meeting between headteachers and senior council officers, when Cornwall’s Raising Aspirations and Achievement Strategy will be discussed.
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