A Level success for Leeds students
I would like congratulate everyone on what they have achieved today. These results demonstrate a lot of hard work, effort and determination, as well as the high quality of teaching in our schools and colleges.
Early signs suggest young people in Leeds will be celebrating again today (13 August) after achieving top grades in their A-level and BTEC exams.
Leeds City Council is still collecting results from across the city, but early indicators - from almost 80 per cent of schools and academies with sixth forms* - show that across all qualifications at this level, the average points achieved per entry has increased from 208 in 2014 to 213.7 (please see notes). This is the equivalent of just above a C grade. The average points per student is 724.6 which has increased from 682 in 2014.
Councillor Lucinda Yeadon executive board member responsible for children and families said:
“I would like congratulate everyone on what they have achieved today. These results demonstrate a lot of 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. 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.”
This year, the early data collected by Leeds City Council from schools differs from previous years and does not include the number of A Levels passed and at what grades. A full picture of these will be available in the autumn.
For those young people who are still considering their future options after receiving their results the council has organised a careers event on Thursday 3 September at Leeds Civic Hall, between 11am and 6pm. The ‘Next Steps’ event will include information on apprenticeships and traineeships still available across the city to start now for the 2015/16 academic year. For more information please visit: www.leeds.gov.uk/leedspathways/Pages/leedsnextsteps.aspx
Young people can also visit www.leeds.gov.uk/results and www.leeds.gov.uk/leedspathways/Pages/What-next-18-.aspx for information on clearing for university, apprenticeships, applying for jobs and more.
Notes to editors:
*These figures are for maintained schools with sixth forms and academies but do not include colleges and Notre Dame, who will be publishing their own results separately.
The points per entry figure is a measurement which demonstrates the quality of grades achieved rather than the number. The results collected from Leeds schools, so far, show Leeds students have achieved on average points per entry of 213. (The national average in 2014 was 211.5).
These indicators are now considered to be the two key performance measures used to judge the effectiveness of schools’ post-16 provision.
To put these into context, the point score equivalence to A’ level grades are:
A* - 300
A – 270
B – 240
C – 210
D – 180
E – 150