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SCHOOLS NorthEast welcomes higher increase in top A Level grades

SCHOOLS NorthEast welcomes increase in top grades Credit: ITV News

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.

This is a phenomenal achievement for pupils on what has been an incredible day of celebration in schools across the region.

And, in addition to it being a day of individual celebration for students, the role of the region’s schools in driving such a huge change in pupil performance should also be highly praised. Secondary schools and pupils in the region have been under the spotlight and today’s results are the culmination of years of hard work. While we have a long way to go to get overall results up to and exceeding national level, we should all be proud of the work schools are putting in to meet that aspiration."

– Mike Parker, Director of SCHOOLS NorthEast

The North East remains the region with the lowest university applications despite the improved grades pupils have achieved.

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