Students across Barnsley have been receiving their A-Level results today.
Overall in Barnsley, students achieved a pass rate of 99.7 per cent, which is an increase from last year’s results of 98.8 per cent. A* pass rates increased from 8.8 per cent last year to 10.7 per cent this year. There was also an increase in our A*-A pass rate, which has increased from 30.8 per cent last year to 34 per cent this year.
Similar to last year, students have been given a calculated grade that considers a range of evidence, which can include mock exams and coursework.
Barnsley Sixth Form College is celebrating another excellent set of A-Level results with a 99.6 per cent overall pass rate and a 100 per cent pass rate in 26 subjects, including English, Computer Science, Fine Art, Mathematics, Physics and Spanish.
Penistone Grammar School are also celebrating fantastic results, with over 95 per cent of their students securing their university place of choice, with over half of those securing places at Russell Group Universities.
Cllr Trevor Cave, Cabinet Spokesperson for Children's Services, said: “Firstly, I’d like to offer my sincere congratulations to all students at this important milestone in their learning and development. Students have worked so hard, and the support from their families and our fantastic schools has been amazing. We know that every school day counts, and these results are testament to that.
“The past year and a half has been difficult for all students, and it's understandable that young people and their families will have been feeling more anxious than usual about A-Level results day. There is lots of support and advice available for those unsure of their next steps.
“For example, if you want to go to university but have not yet secured a place, the UCAS website, www.ucas.com, will guide you through finding a place in clearing.
“If you would like to explore other options to university, www.notgoingtouni.co.uk has a wealth of information on other pathways.
“There is also support available for anyone who is worried or anxious about their results. Childline, for example, has a dedicated webpage for those receiving their exam results this month which can be found on their website, www.childline.org.uk.”
The Barnsley Children and Young People’s Plan 2019-22, which contains details of how Barnsley’s Children and Young People’s Trust aims to provide significant improvements in outcomes for children, young people and families throughout the borough can be found here.