Bracknell youngsters celebrate excellent A-level results
Published: 20 Aug 2013 12:300 comments
According to Bracknell Forest Council, the overall pass rate (A*-E grades) across the Bracknell Forest's six schools rose from 98.1% in 2012 to 99% this year - making it 0.9% above the national average.
Some schools, such as Edgbarrow in Crowthorne, Sandhurst and, for the second year running, Garth Hill College, even achieved a 100% pass rate. In Wokingham, The Holt girls' school achieved a 100% pass rate, with the borough's average 98.9%.
Following the release of the A-level results last week, Rebecca Alexander, assistant principal at Garth Hill College, in Bull Lane, said: "Congratulations and very well done to students for their hard work and success this year. They have shown commitment and dedication to their studies, which has resulted in 100% of students achieving A*-E grades and 46% achieving A*-B grades.
"Good luck to all students on their next endeavours."
The school had many high achievers, including 18-year-old Faye Lenegham, from Warfield, who got four A grades - in English literature, geography, media studies and film studies.
She will be studying English literature at Bristol and will pursue a career in the film/TV industry. She said: "I'm over the moon, I can't believe it! I was dreading this today as I had no idea how I did."
And the impressive pass rate is not all Bracknell has beat the national stats on.
A number of schools have also reported an increase in the number of A*-A grades awarded, despite countrywide figures showing a dip in these top grades for the second year running.
The average point score per student in Bracknell Forest increased from 737 in 2012 to 741 this year. The national average last year was 714.3.
Janette Karklins, director of children, young people and learning for the council, said this year had seen many outstanding individual performances.
"I was delighted to visit schools on Thursday morning and see so many young people overjoyed with their achievements," she said. "Congratulations to all those students who have worked so hard to achieve these results.
"We are delighted that the pass rate remains so high. Our students took over 1,200 examinations between them and only a very small number of these failed to result in an A*-E grade. This phenomenal achievement is testimony to the students' hard work and the high quality of teaching across Bracknell Forest schools. Well done to everyone who has contributed to these successes."
More students than ever are taking A-levels in Bracknell Forest - up from 366 in 2012 to 414 this year.