Today, students across Rotherham received their A-Level results in another record year for the borough. Young people throughout Rotherham are celebrating their achievements as overall results show a 98.9% pass rate for the borough. These results puts Rotherham above the national average which stands at 97.9% this year. Students in Rotherham also exceeded another measure in topping national records in achieving grades A*-A at a rate of 30.8%. Once again, this beats the national average.

Councillor Gordon Watson, Deputy Leader of Rotherham Council and Cabinet Member for Children and Young People’s Services, has said:

Cllr Gordon Watson, Deputy Leader of Rotherham Council

“It is great to see so many young students celebrating some fantastic results this year. Rotherham’s young people are really making us very proud.

Thanks must go to the teachers, staff, governors and families who have helped these young people do so well, but ultimately congratulations must be given to the pupils themselves who have really excelled.

These results are the culmination of years of hard work, dedication, outstanding teaching and students who are keen to succeed. I wish all pupils well in the next stage in their lives and careers, whether this is to go into the world of work or onto higher education.”

The students receiving their results today were the first year group to go through the Government’s changes to the A-Level system. These changes included scrapping coursework, removing module exams and a greater focus on an end of year final exam. Nationally it has been reported that university admissions have fallen compared to last year.

Labour committed to a number of policies for young people and the education system in the recent 2017 General Election. Labour would scrap tuition fees, bring back EMA for 16-18 year olds, restore maintenance grants, support apprenticehsips and lower the voting age to 16.

Students throughout Rotherham should be rightly proud of their achievements in what has been a record year for the borough.

You can read further information on A-Level results and achievements across Rotherham here. Labour’s policies for young people and education from the manifesto in the 2017 General Election can also be found here.

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