SCHOOLS NorthEast has today welcomed the news that pupils in the North East have outperformed their counterparts elsewhere in the country by achieving a higher increase in the top grades at A Level.
The North East’s A Level results for 2017 show that since 2012, the pass rate at grades A*- B increased by 3.9%, which is the highest increase in the country compared to others such as London (0.8%), and decreases in higher grades in the Eastern Regions (-0.9%) and West Midlands (-1.1%).
As well as being the fastest rising region for top grades, the North East has also moved above the East Midlands, West Midlands, and Yorkshire and Humber regions in the overall attainment of A*-B.
While it still lags behind other regions in England, SCHOOLS NorthEast said the direction of travel is highly promising.
The North East remains the region with the lowest university applications despite the improved grades pupils have achieved.