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Londoners get fewer A grades for 2nd year

Statistics from the Joint Council of Qualifications show:

  • The percentage of Londoners getting A or above has dropped by 0.2% since last year
  • The number also dropped the year before, with a 0.6% drop in A grades from 2011 to 2012
  • The number of pupils getting E grades has risen by 0.2% in 2013. It was stable between 2011 and 2012
  • The proportion of the UK's A* grades achieved by Londoners has gone up though - 18% compared to last year's 17%
  • More people in London enrolled for A-levels this year: 16% of pupils in 2013 compared to 15% in 2011 and 2012


62% increase in students applying for top universities

Over the last two years, BSix College in Hackney has been expanding its award-winning programme which prepares Hackney students for university life.

Each student taking part in the 'Raising Aspirations' programme forms a unique relationship with a university where they receive tailored advice, guidance and a unique insight into the world of higher education.

This year has seen a 62% increase since 2010 of students applying to the top 24 universities.

These students found out their hard work paid off this morning.

Two students head to Oxbridge

Happy students at BSix College this morning Credit: ITN

BSix College in Hackney has gone from strength to strength in the last 2 years.

In 2010 158 of their students left to go to university. This year they are projecting that a whopping 373 will go on to further education - that's an increase of 42%.

23 students are expected to go to red brick universities, and for the first time in the college's history, 2 students will continue their education at Oxford or Cambridge.