THE anxious wait is over for hundreds of teenagers across the city.
Sixth formers went back to school today to collect their A-level grades after months of waiting.
And, although it is early days, hopes are high for another successful crop of results across Wearside.
Coun Pat Smith, Sunderland City Council’s portfolio holder for children’s services, said: “Officers in the council have been speaking to schools, colleges and sixth-form centres about results to help build up the bigger picture on how everybody has done.
“Last year saw a 99 per cent pass rate for A*-E, a rise of two points from two years ago, and the percentage of grade A*-C passes was at 76 per cent, the same as 2012.
“We’re all very much hoping that the latest results are in line with what students need for their choices in either the world of work or if they’re going to university or other colleges.”
Helen Miland, head of sixth form at St Aidan’s Catholic Academy, said the initial picture was looking good.
She said: “We are pleased. We have a few really great achievements.”
Sunderland High School said it has a good group of candidates this year, clinching good grades, and many of them will be going off to study at a range of universities on a number of courses, including dentistry, biomedical sciences and physics.
Anne Isherwood, principal at Sunderland College, said: “It’s an exciting time for students getting their A-level results this week and it’s always great to see another group of young people get started on their career path.
“We’re confident of another strong performance as we strive to keep the momentum year on year.
“We wish each and every one of our students the best of luck in receiving their exam results and in achieving their aspirations for the future.”
Mrs Isherwood said the college itself is moving into an exciting chapter, as the doors open at the new-look Bede Campus next month after a £22million investment, which includes a new state-of-the-art Sports and Visual and Performing Arts centres.
She said: “I look forward to welcoming our new students and guiding them to success throughout their time at Sunderland College.”
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