SCORES of students across the region collected their long-awaited A Level results this morning.
Thousands of pupils, some wanting to head away to University and others into the workplace, picked up their brown envelopes from schools across South Lakeland, Eden, Furness and North Lancashire.
Nationally, there has been a slight fall in A* and A grades and the pass rate is down for the first time in over 30 years.
But record number of university places are up for grabs and students could still get places even if they miss their grades.
Early indications from 19 of 26 of Cumbria County Council maintained schools and academies suggest there has been an increase in the number of students achieving higher grades this year with 29 per cent of students attaining three or more A and B grades in their A-Level qualifications.
The proportion of students gaining at least one A-Level or equivalent qualifications pass grade at A*-E appears to be broadly in line with last year with 99 per cent of students achieving this standard, said the county council.
• More than a fifth of students at Queen Katherine School achieved three or more A Levels at A* and A grades.
• A high number of students across the county have also secured places at Oxford and Cambridge Universities, six from Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, five from Queen Katherine School, four from Keswick School, three from Cockermouth, and it is likely that twin brothers from Kirbie Kendal School, who attained a combined 10 A* and A grades between them, will also be successful in doing so.
Councillor Anne Burns, Cumbria County Council's Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, said: “We’re delighted for the significant number of students who have secured some outstanding results.
"It’s a real testament to all their commitment and hard work. In recognising their successes, we must also praise the support they have had from their teachers and families, and we congratulate them."
John Macilwraith, Cumbria County Council’s Acting Corporate Director for Children’s Services, added: "These initial results suggest that Cumbria’s students are on course for some excellent results again this year. Gaining good qualifications has never been so important in this very competitive education and employment market.
"These results are a clear demonstration of the hard work and perseverance of students and school staff and of the support offered by parents and carers.
"While we join in celebration, we must also recognise that amongst the many students involved, not everyone will achieve the results they had hoped for today.
"These young people will no doubt be in need of reassurance and they must take confidence in the support that is available for them, through their schools and colleges, to help them consider their next steps.”
We will be publishing results from all our local schools on this website as they are released.
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