North East students discover A-level exam results

The overall pass rate of all students receiving grades stayed unchanged from last year.

98.5% of students gained grades A-E. However only 22.1% achieved A-A grades - this is up slightly but still the lowest in the country.

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North East Chamber of Commerce reacts to A-level results

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Paul Carbert, North East England Chamber of Commerce, policy adviser said:

It is great news that our region has achieved the highest proportion of A level passes in relation to the whole country. I urge these students to think carefully about their next steps and fully evaluate all the options available to them.

In the North East we are fortunate as there are a great number of opportunities for young people, from University or college to apprenticeships in a range of sectors.

We welcome new initiatives linking business and education such as PlanBEE, a private sector partnership, launched by Ryder Architecture, which is working with Gateshead College to develop a new way of attracting talented young people to the construction industry. This type of practical approach will help tackle the skills gap in our region.”

– Paul Carbert, North East England Chamber of Commerce


Percentage of North East pupils securing university places hits new high

More North East pupils than ever before have been accepted on university courses, according to - SCHOOLS NorthEast, the representative body for all 1,250 schools across the region.

24% of 18 year olds from the North East will be off to university this autumn, up nearly 4% on the number who had secured places on A-level results day in 2012. But, the region still lags behind the rest of the country, with fewer entry rates than any other region.

Statistics released by the Undergraduate Courses at University and College (UCAS) show that, in the past five years, the region has seen a rise of approximately 4% in applications that met the A-level requirements.

“The results today are a testimonial of the hard work and commitment of schools, pupils and their families and we would like to congratulate them all on their resounding success.

“Head Teachers across the region have been sharing success stories with us and we couldn’t be more proud of their pupils’ fantastic achievements, who secured places at universities across the country.

“While this is terrific, more can and should be done to raise aspirations and ensure that 18 year olds in the North East have the same chances at a university degree as their peers elsewhere in the country. Theresa May has spoken of the burning injustice of white working class boys being least likely to go to university. The Government needs to target more support in regions to break that connection.” “Higher education is not the ‘be-all, end-all’ of post-secondary destinations, and we have seen many of our region’s pupils take on terrific vocational routes, including apprenticeships with the many brilliant companies across the North East.

“We wish them all the best of luck in this new and exciting chapter of their lives.”

– Mike Parker, Director of SCHOOLS North East

Students choose paths on A Level results day

Students across the North East have opened their A Level results and are now looking into apprenticeships, university or the clearing process.

Many are going through clearing in hope that they will secure a place at university.

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North East A Level results: Pass rate remains highest in country but A*-A grades still lowest

The overall pass rate of all students receiving grades stayed unchanged from last year.

of North East students gained A*-E grades.
North East pass rate remains highest in the country. Credit: PA


  • The number of candidates receiving top grades has fallen for the fifth yea in a row. A total of 25.8% of entrants scored either an A or A*, down from 25.9% in 2015.
  • 8.1% of entrants received an A*, down from 8.2% last year.
  • The gap between girls and boys receiving the top grades has narrowed to its smallest for at least 10 years. The number of girls who got A or higher was 0.3 percentage points more than the number of boys. In 2006 the gap was 2.6 percentage points.
  • The gap between the best-performing girls and boys has narrowed for the first time in five years. The number of boys who got A* was 0.8 percentage points higher than girls - down 0.1 points on 2015
  • The overall pass rate (grades A*-E) was 98.1%, unchanged on last year
  • There were 836,705 entrants for the exams, down 1.7% on last year's total.
  • The most popular subject this year was maths. It was taken by 92,163 students, a slight fall of 0.6% on 2015.

County Durham teen gains all A*s despite broken wrist

A rugby-mad student battled through the pain to score top grades in his A-levels despite being unaware he had broken his wrist.

Sam Adamson (right) with his younger brother Jamie, as Sam scored top grades in his A-Levels despite breaking his wrist playing rugby. Credit: PA

Sam Adamson, 18, struggled through lengthy written papers after picking up an injury in a tournament.

Barnard Castle School's outgoing head boy, and vice captain of the first XV, will require surgery to fix the break in his scaphoid bone.

Nevertheless, the teenager, from Hunwick, County Durham, was still able to score A*s in chemistry, maths, further maths and a rare Distinction Level 1 in physics.

Sam, who plays second or back row, will read natural sciences at Durham University, where he plans to continue playing rugby.

I'd played in a tournament and don't even remember hurting my wrist.

It was hurting, particularly in some of the longer exams, and was getting worse. A scan revealed a clean break in the scaphoid bone which will need surgery.

– Sam Adamson


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