LATEST A-LEVEL RESULTS - Highfields School

File photo dated 18/08/10 of labels on mail bags containing A-level exam results for the London area ready for dispatch at the Royal Mail Mount Pleasant sorting office in London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Sunday August 14, 2011. Nearly one in 10 A-level exams could be awarded an A* grade, it has been predicted. Last summer, one in 12 (8.1%) entries achieved the top grade. But with more universities asking for A*s, and students and teachers becoming more aware of the requirements, the success rate could leap this year, it was suggested. See PA story EDUCATION Alevels. Photo credit should read: Fiona Hanson/PA Wire
File photo dated 18/08/10 of labels on mail bags containing A-level exam results for the London area ready for dispatch at the Royal Mail Mount Pleasant sorting office in London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Sunday August 14, 2011. Nearly one in 10 A-level exams could be awarded an A* grade, it has been predicted. Last summer, one in 12 (8.1%) entries achieved the top grade. But with more universities asking for A*s, and students and teachers becoming more aware of the requirements, the success rate could leap this year, it was suggested. See PA story EDUCATION Alevels. Photo credit should read: Fiona Hanson/PA Wire

HIGHFIELDS sixth form students are celebrating outstanding A Level results once again today – with an overall pass rate above 98 per cent.

Many students have achieved the coveted A* results, introduced last year as a means of indicating exceptional performance, and overall 57 per cent of grades are in the A* to B category, three per cent up on 2010.

A school spokesman said: “This is great news in what looks like a challenging year, being the last before the introduction of higher tuition fees.

“As a result competition for university places is more greater than ever, with students who may previously have considered taking a ‘gap year’ looking to secure places.

“However, these excellent results should mean that the vast majority of Highfields students are able to move on to the university and course of their choice in the coming weeks.”

Head of sixth form, Martin Flett, who was appointed to Highfields last September, said he was “delighted” with the results. He said: “At the end of my first year as head of sixth form at Highfields, these results come as a great boost. I’m really proud of how hard these youngsters have worked, their commitment, drive and enthusiasm.”

Assistant head of sixth form, Ann Thompson, added: “For year 13 these achievements represent seven years of hard work at Highfields.

“Their examination results are outstanding, but as a group they have contributed so much on so many fronts such as performing arts and sport. We are very proud of all their achievements and wish them every success in the future.”