14 August 2014

Year on year rise in good A level passes in Brighton & Hove

The rate of A level students passing with good grades has increased for the third year running with key schools and colleges delivering their best ever results.

More than 54% of A level entries at the city’s schools and colleges achieved A* - B grades.

BHASVIC achieved record results with the pass rate for A levels at 99% and with 60% of grades at A* to B.

Varndean College rose on last year with 49% of entries gaining A* to B.

Schools and colleges across the city are outperforming those nationally where the breakdown shows a small reduction in the proportion of A levels awarded top grades at 52%.

Today’s results in Brighton & Hove reveal examples of outstanding performance with high numbers of students achieving the university places they were aiming for.

At BHASVIC 978 students sat A level examinations in June 2014, and an impressive 99% of entries passed overall while almost 98% of entries from Varndean College also passed.

Cardinal Newman saw the proportion of good grades A* to B jump from 43% last year to 48% this year with the overall pass rate at 99%.

PACA achieved a rise in passes graded A* to E from 97% to 98%. The college’s A* to B grade stood at 29%.

Varndean College achieved its highest mark ever for the International Baccalaureate with an average score of 36, equivalent to at least three A grades at A Level for university entry. Forty six students took this internationally respected advanced level programme that includes English, maths and science alongside other activities.

Councillor Sue Shanks, chair of Brighton & Hove City Council’s Children & Young People Committee, said:

“Congratulations to all the A level students, parents and teachers across the city’s schools and colleges for once again delivering improved overall results.

“Each of the schools and colleges has reason to celebrate the performance of their students.  A key strength of the schools and colleges in Brighton & Hove is how they work together, with support from the local authority, to learn from and challenge each other.

“I wish all the city’s students success in whatever they choose to do next whether that is higher education, employment, training or a gap year.”




For more information contact the Brighton & Hove City Council press office on 01273 291 555