Pupils from across the borough were celebrating exam success this morning – with Havering seeing an increase in the number of students receiving top marks in their A-level exams.
Twenty four per cent of A-level grades awarded were A* and A – a 2.1% improvement on last year; while the borough is enjoying a three-year improvement on the average points scored per A-level entry, and in pupils gaining their best scores in three A-levels. Overall, there was a 97.7% pass rate amongst sixth forms*, which is slightly down on last year’s figure of 98.4%.
Many students rose early this morning to check their email inboxes or to attend their schools to find out if they’d received the grades they were looking for and a place at their choice of university or college, or given a head start in their chosen career.
Councillor Robert Benham, Havering’s Cabinet member for Education, Children and Families, who visited Campion School, Hornchurch, today, where 175 pupils took their A-levels and BTEC exams, said:
“Once again Havering pupils have proved outstanding in their A-level results. It was great to see young people considering the future that lies ahead of them and having the opportunity make a number of life choices – from apprenticeships to jobs.
“We wish every pupil going on to university, college, apprenticeships or entering the workplace, every success for the future.”
Pupils at the school are planning to take up a range of choices – from apprenticeships in fields such as insurance, courses in midwifery and aeronautical studies and taking a year out to play rugby in Australia.
Pupil Georgina Smith said:
“I didn’t go to sleep until 3am. When I opened my email I just screamed. I am very happy as I have a place to study midwifery.”
Headteacher Keith Williams, said between 10 and 15 pupils would be going on to do apprenticeships.
“Overall, a 7% increase A*-B grades compared to last year’s performance and all credit must go to the hardworking and dedicated students and staff who have worked so enthusiastically to achieve these grades. A number of students have exceeded expectations and achieved some notable results and I know that they are over the moon in gaining their first offer at university.
“Some have the option to go to university or to take up an apprenticeship, while some may try the apprenticeship and stick with it for a year and then decide whether they want to attend university.”
For anyone who didn’t get the results they were hoping for, schools and colleges have dedicated staff in place to offer support and help them consider the options available to them.
*Figure does not include Havering Sixth Form College