New beginnings for students on A-level results day

August 24 2018
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Schools and pupils across Bristol were celebrating success on A-level results day as thousands of students found out how they’ve done in this year’s exams.

 Provisional results show a strong performance from Bristol schools with 95% students achieving at least three A-levels at grade A*- E, despite significant changes to exams. This year 110 young people received three A - A* grades.

 This is the second year of the new A-level qualifications, which contain refreshed content. Last year more challenging exams were introduced across 13 subjects, with 11 more following this year with the remaining subjects being refreshed over the next two years. AS levels also no longer count towards the final grades and students are now also assessed mainly by exams at the end of year 13.

 Councillor Anna Keen, Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, said: “I’d like to congratulate all students collecting their results today, including those who took vocational subjects, and say thank you to everyone who has helped them along the way. 

To those who are disappointed with their grades, remember that you can still be successful - there is plenty of expert help and options available. As Chair of Bristol Learning City, I’d also like to take this opportunity to praise and acknowledge the achievements of all our learners over the past year, from degrees to apprenticeships to evening classes – well done for all your hard work.” 

Principal of City of Bristol College, Michael Jaffrain said:  “We have had another excellent year of results and I am very proud of my students and staff for all that they have achieved. As well as an excellent overall pass rate, we also saw a rise in the number of students achieving A* - A grades, which is fantastic news. The overall progress made by this year’s student cohort tremendously improved compared to the previous years and I would like to thank my staff for their dedication and support which enabled this to happen.”

 Free careers advice on everything from CVs to interview techniques is available throughout the summer at drop-in surgeries held with an advisor from the Department of Work and Pensions in the Proud to Care career and job shop in the Galleries. Sessions will run on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 11am - 3pm until 30 August.  

A special jobs fair for students receiving their A-level and GCSE exam results this month will be taking place in the Galleries on September 5,  11am - 3pm, outside the Proud to Care job shop.