Live updates

Pupils and teachers open A Level results at Cornwall College St Austell

Thousands of people across the region have or will be picking up their A Level results today.

Pupils and teachers at Cornwall College St Austell have been celebrating some of their successes.

Lauren Eddy was pleased with 3 A's and got what she needed to study medicine.

Lauren Eddy at Cornwall College is happy with her A Level results Credit: ITV News

William Richards from Cornwall College got A*s and is off to study physics.

William Richards from Cornwall College got A*s and is off to study physics Credit: ITV News

It's not just the pupils that have been getting their results.

Cornwall College lecturers Noel and Roisin took A Level English alongside the students and they both got A* grades.

Cornwall College lecturers Noel and Roisin took A Level English alongside the students and they both got A* grades Credit: ITV News

Advertisement

  1. National

Going to university 'worth it despite debts'

Dom Anderson, Vice President of the National Union of Students, said students were reaping the benefits of going to university despite average debts of £26,000 and reports of student "poverty".

"It's completely worth it. University is a life-changing thing," Anderson told ITV News as many students found out today whether they had gained university places.

Advertisement

Praise for Cornish A Level students

This is a very important day for all these young people and I would like to congratulate everyone on their achievements and wish them luck in whatever path they take.

I am delighted that, once again, many young people in Cornwall have done so well.”

– Andrew Wallis, Cllr esponsible for Children and Young People, Cornwall Council.

It is important for the future of both our young people and for the future of Cornwall that all students have access to the highest possible quality of education.

While the majority of our schools are achieving high standards, we need to ensure that all are enabling students to achieve the maximum progress possible."

– Trevor Doughty, Corporate Director for Children, Schools and Families, Cornwall Council.
  1. National

Ucas chief: Thousands of uni vacancies still available

The chief executive of Ucas said students who applied late or got lower A-level grades than expected could still choose from a large selection of courses.

Mary Curnock Cook said:

We have nearly 30,000 courses which are advertising vacancies in clearing.

A lot of those will only be for people who have the very highest grades because the Government arrangements for funding mean that universities aren't limited as to how many of those they can recruit.

The reality is that there are vacancies across all sorts of courses and institutions.

So anybody who is applying late after they got their results or who didn't quite get what they wanted today, there are loads of opportunities for them to find out about what is available through our website.

  1. West Country (E)

NUT: 'Continued high achievement of students'

Today’s results demonstrate the continued high achievement of students and the hard work of their teachers, irrespective of shifting goalposts and the many unfounded attempts to discredit the qualification.

It is however likely that in future years, as a result of the decoupling of AS-Levels from A-Levels as well as end to modularity, fewer disadvantaged students will continue in education.

The system should work to the advantage of these students, too, many of whom have considerable potential which should be nurtured.

Having taken youth unemployment over the 1 million mark, failed to protect the Educational Maintenance Allowance and greatly diminished careers advice services, it is hard to see what answers this Government is giving disadvantaged young people.

This lack of strategy is baffling particularly given the policy to increase the participation age in education to 18."

– Andy Woolley, South West Regional Secretary, National Union of Teachers

PICTURES: Smiles for Maynard School 6th formers

Maynard School in Exeter has sent us these photographs of students opening up their A Level results:

Maynard School 6th formers receive their A Level results. Credit: Maynard School
A very happy Maynard School 6th former. Credit: Maynard School
Maynard School 6th formers receive their A Level results. Credit: Maynard School
Maynard School 6th formers receive their A Level results. Credit: Maynard School
Load more updates