Sunderland students anxiously wait for A-level results

Ross Bridges reading his A level results with pround mum Margaret Bridges at St. Bedes Peterlee last year.
Ross Bridges reading his A level results with pround mum Margaret Bridges at St. Bedes Peterlee last year.
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HUNDREDS of Wearside teenagers are anxiously awaiting their A-level results arriving tomorrow morning.

Sunderland will be hoping to repeat the successes of last year, when 71 per cent of sixth form and college students gained A* to C passes.

Also, 22 per cent of entries at school sixth forms were awarded grades A* to A.

Sunderland College, which last year celebrated a 99 per cent pass rate for the third year running, is planning to make the A-level results day one to remember.

The celebrations, which will include live music from college bands, will be focused at the St Peter’s Campus.

There will be booths set up so students can Skype family members who cannot be there with their results.

A spokeswoman for Sunderland High School said it is expecting a really good set of results. She said young people are going into school to pick up their results earlier and earlier each year to join the scramble for clearing places.

Students who do not quite get the grades they need will join thousands battling to get a remaining few places through the clearing system, run by Ucas, the university application body.

Despite a fall in applications after universities were permitted to raise tuition fees, demand for places remains high.

So far this year, there have been more than 618,000 applications for about half a million places on degree courses.

Each year, nearly 50,000 students who fail to make their grades secure their university places through clearing.

A spokeswoman for the University of Sunderland, said: “If students don’t get the results they were expecting, help is at hand.

“The University of Sunderland has specialist advisers at hand.

“A number of universities hold open days close to the clearing period, which means if a students accepts an offer during the clearing system, they can go and see what they are like in person.”

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