Derbyshire students make the grade

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Derbyshire County Council’s provisional information for A level and post-16 results shows it has been another good year for county students.

Based on Level 3 information for all of the 28 maintained county schools and academies, which offer post-16 education:

- 2,650 students received their Level 3 (A Level and equivalent) results today (Thursday 16 August).

- Based on the schools’ return of results, this is now the seventh year running that they have improved in the county.

- The average points per entry is 213.8 which is 3.5 points above the scores at this time in 2011.

- The average points score per student is 784.8 this is an increase of 33.2 points on the scores at this time last year.

Schools have been working hard to analyse their results and provide information and support for students as they take their next steps towards university places, apprenticeships, further education, training and employment.

Councillor Mike Longden, Derbyshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Education, said: “The average points score per student is 784.

“This is 33 points above the results at this time last year - which is fantastic news.

“The achievements that have been made by individual students - and by our schools - are very impressive.

“The overall effect is that students across Derbyshire will be in a good position to access university, apprenticeships, further and higher education and employment opportunities.

“I’d like to congratulate students, staff, governors, and parents as well as the local authority team on this success.

“It reflects the council’s commitment to the Journey to Excellence strategy.”

Examinations at post-16 include a wide range of different qualifications including A and AS levels, B’TEC National Diplomas, and Key Skills, and include different levels up to Level 3 (equivalent to full A Level).

Councillor Longden added: “Some students might not have got the results they want, whether that be for university, apprenticeships or any other training or further education route.

“I’d reassure them that it isn’t the end of the world as help and advice is available from their school and careers adviser.”