Sunderland on course for bumper A-level results

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AFTER anxious months of waiting, Sunderland teenagers are opening their A-level results today.

Schools and colleges are still pulling the results together, but early indications show it is going to be another good year for Wearside students.

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Among those celebrating amazing achievements are the students at St Anthony’s Girls’ Catholic Academy in Thornhill, who achieved the school’s best results to date.

Headteacher, Monica Shepherd, said: “These are outstanding results and top an absolutely amazing year of superb success for St Anthony’s confirming Ofsted’s outstanding judgment.

“Over 20 girls have achieved three, four or five A*/A grades each, 60 per cent of all students achieved A*/A/B grades and 30 per cent A*/A.

“We are delighted that girls of all abilities have achieved fantastic results enabling them to access prestigious courses at the top universities. These are our best ever A-level results and continue a seven year upward trend of year on year improvement.

“These results are significantly better than results achieved by similar schools across the country according to exam board data.”

St Aidan’s Catholic Academy in Ashbrooke is also showing signs of another good set of results for their students.

John Pickering, exams officer at the boys’ school, said: “We are very pleased with the way things are looking and believe we are on target for another 100 per cent pass rate.”

Sunderland High School was also anticipating another year of good A-level grades and Sunderland College expected some of its 1,000 young people to clinch outstanding results.

Councillor Pat Smith, cabinet member for children’s services at Sunderland City Council, said council officers are speaking to schools and colleges to get the full picture.

But, added: “Early indications are that for the fifth year in a row there’s a good and solid set of A-level results.

“For hundreds of students across the city this is going to be one of the biggest days of their lives as they consider their next steps in education and employment.

“As the students consider these next steps, let’s also congratulate staff at schools and colleges, and the friends and family that support and guide all our students.”