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Warrington students celebrate after beating national average
10:42am Monday 19th August 2013 in News
HUNDREDS of students across Warrington are celebrating following another year of successful A-level results.
Students in Warrington came out on top this year with 99.3 per cent of students achieving a pass grade.
This was higher than the national pass rate at 98.1 per cent.
The council’s executive board member for children and young people’s services, Clr Froggatt congratulated students on their achievements.
Clr Froggatt said: “This is the result of years of hard work with support from friends, families and the excellent staff we have in Warrington’s schools and colleges.
“I’m delighted that in Warrington our schools, academies, colleges and the council continue to work together to share best practice and ensure our young people get the best education we can provide.”
The nail-biting wait was over on Thursday for sixth form and college students when they finally picked up their results.
It was a mixture of celebrations and commiserations as students found out if their hard work had paid off.
Isabel Hassall, who lives in Lymm, was jumping for joy after opening her results.
The 18-year-old is now breathing a sigh of relief after getting two A*s and two As.
The Lymm High School sixth form student said: "It's such a great feeling and I can now start planning for university.
"I didn't want to buy anything before I got my results as I didn't want to jinx it."
Friends Becky Sutch, Emma Wylie and Hannah Poole from Priestley College were all smiles on results day and were looking forward to a stress-free night’s sleep.
18-year-old Emma, who plans to attend Cumbria University to study film and television production, said: "There have been a lot of sleepless nights but it was all worth it in the end."
Priestley College student Katy Webb, aged 18, was delighted after getting an A* in chemistry and maths and an A in physics.
Katy, who will attend Manchester University in September to study chemistry, said: "I'm just happy the wait is over."
This year, the overall pass rate was up, despite fewer students receiving higher grades.
Chris Kraft, education expert, said: “Two successive years of declining levels of A and A* grades being awarded should quash any talk of A-Levels being dumbed down.
“It’s tough at the top, and always has been."
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