Published: Thursday, 16th August 2018

Councillor Paul Jacques, Cabinet Member for Education and Culture, said: “First of all we’d like to say congratulations and well done to all our students.

 "Hopefully you’ve achieved the grades to get you into higher education or employment.

“Today is the culmination of years of hard work by all our students, teachers, parents and staff.

“Some of our young people may not have achieved the grades they wanted. Please don’t worry as the council, colleges and schools along with our partners are here to help and give support, so please get in touch if this is the case.

“Changes to a large number of subjects have been underway since September 2015 and all exams are now taken at the end of the course.  

“Different subjects are being updated in different years, with the last set of changes being made next year.

“In the meantime, comparisons between old and new style A-Levels are difficult to make. Different awarding organisations also have different models of delivery, with some having moved away from AS-Level options and others retaining this model. 

“Caution must therefore be used when making any comparisons, both with previous years and between subjects and organisations.

“We will be looking at our results closely and comparing these with the regional and national picture before making any assumptions about what the data is actually telling us.”

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