Rise reported in top grade A-level results

Numbers of A-level exams awarded top grades have risen for the first time in six years.

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Students celebrate exam results in the Thames Valley

The anxious wait is over for thousands of students. Top grades in A levels have risen for the first time in six years, but for students who took the new tougher reformed subjects, with less coursework, marks were down slightly. Cary Johnston reports from across the region.

Syrian refugees celebrate their A-level results

The anxious wait for thousands of students across our region was over today - as they received their A-level results.

Overall top A-level grades have increased for the first time in six years. But for students who took the new tougher reformed exam subjects, with less coursework, marks were down slightly.

The number of university places allocated so far has fallen - and thousands of places are still available.

Among those celebrating are two teenage Syrian refugees from Brighton who are now planning to go to university to achieve their dream of becoming doctors.

Sally Simmonds reports.

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The anxious wait for A-level results is over for thousands of students in the south-east. Tom Savvides has a full round up. His report has reaction from Brghton College and Homewood School in Tenterden.

A-level successes at Uckfield Sixth Form College

Oscar Richardson and Amelia Warren celebrate at Uckfield Sixth Form College Credit: Uckfield College

Students, staff and parents celebrated yet another very successful set of A-level results at Uckfield Sixth Form College - 24% of the results achieved the highest grades of A*/A, the percentage of A*-B grades was 55% and of A*-C was 78%. The average grade students achieved was a B. These results were an improvement on last year’s very strong results.

Principal, Hugh Hennebry said, “This was the first year of the new A-Levels, which are more demanding. The success has been due to the very mature and hard-working approach that our students have put into their studies and the tremendous support of their parents. It has also been due to the thorough and professional way our teachers have adapted their teaching and learning for the new exams and made sure that every student was so well prepared."

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Syrian refugees celebrate A-level results

The students endured horrific journeys to reach the UK Credit: ITV

Two teenage Syrian refugees are celebrating their A-level results as they take the next step to fulfil their dreams to become doctors "to give something back".

Sulaiman Wihba and Elias Badin were both given scholarships by Brighton College after they were spotted two years ago after making the "torturous" two-month journey from their war-torn country.

Mr Wihba, 19, from Hove, East Sussex, said he was driven by his desire to become a doctor to achieve four A* grades in maths further maths, physics and chemistry earning him a place at Queen Mary University of London.

He said: "It's all about payback, being a doctor, helping people, it's really interesting, I like problem solving, providing the best care. My mum will be so happy."

He added: "My 15-year-old self wouldn't imagine myself here, it's overwhelming. I have been in the UK for two years now, I didn't find it hard to integrate within the new society. I feel really accepted."

Mr Wihba said that he hoped one day to return to Syria but added: "The situation there is really impossible to cope with, if things get better I would love to go back but I can't see things getting better in the short term."

Mr Badin, who achieved A* in maths and As in further maths, physics and chemistry, said: "I am very content with my results even though I expected them to be higher, now I am awaiting confirmation of my place to study medicine at Queen Mary University which is my dream."

Mr Wihba reached the UK after travelling through Europe and stowing away in a refrigerated van packed with boxes of frozen chips while Mr Badin travelled to Greece on a small boat with 40 refugees packed on board.

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