Lincolnshire bucks national A-level trend

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Provisional A-level results from 32 out of 35 sixth-forms in Lincolnshire show a ‘significant increase’ in higher level passes, bucking the national trend, the county council has said.

Nationally, the proportion of A-level exam entries resulting in an A or A* grade has dropped by 0.2%. So far in Lincolnshire the council says indications are that A-A* grades have risen by 2% from 23.6% to 25.6%, closing the gap with the national figure.

The overall pass rate (98.5% grades A*-E) is above the national figure of 98.1% and so far nine of the county’s schools have reported pass rates of 100% - two up on last year. These include Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School in Alford.

Many students in Lincolnshire also follow courses that are equivalent to A-levels alongside their traditional A-levels or as an alternative to them.

Although no national comparators are available at this time, the council said that initial reports from schools show that the overall pass rate has increased by 1.1% when these results were added in.

Councillor Mrs Patricia Bradwell, Executive Councillor for Children’s Services, said: “Despite a lot of talk nationally about a dip in top grades, Lincolnshire’s young people have continued to do even better than before.

“All sixth-form students and those in the colleges should be justly proud of themselves. An outstanding achievement and a just reward for all their efforts and the support of schools who have helped make it happen.”

Debbie Barnes, Director of Children’s Services, said: “Another excellent set of results from students - I would like to congratulate the young people, their parents, carers and teachers for all their dedication and determination. Lincolnshire education is once again performing very well compared to the national picture.”