A-LEVEL results across Warrington have improved again, says Warrington Borough Council.

Initial figures show that 98.8 per cent of students have achieved A*-E grades, exceeding the national pass rate of 98.3 per cent.

The council’s cabinet member for children’s services, cllr Matt Smith said: "I am delighted that Warrington has performed so well again this year in its A-level results - to exceed the national pass rate once again is great news for our borough.

"Our success is down to the hard work of our young people, supported by committed teaching staff helping them reach their full potential.

"As our young people begin the next stage of their journey, I would like to congratulate them on their achievements and wish them the very best of luck in their future career aspirations."

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Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, A-level exams were cancelled this year, meaning students had their grades calculated from mock exam results, class work and assessments.

These grades, submitted by teachers, were moderated by Ofqual, depending on how the school has performed overall in recent years.

Despite more top grades being awarded nationally in 2020, more than a third of A-level grades issued yesterday, Thursday, were lower than teacher estimates.

This has left many pupils missing out on university places and trying to appeal their results.

The Government is now under increasing pressure to review its moderation and appeals system.