City’s A-level grades ‘way ahead’ of national average

Brighton & Hove A-level students have once again outperformed the national average this year.

Provisional results from the city’s seven education centres offering A-levels show that overall:

  • 34.3% of grades were A*-A –  almost eight percentage points above the national figure of 26.4%
  • 61.6% of grades were A*-B – an increase of 2.8 percentage points from 2017 and nearly nine percentage points higher than the national average of 52.7%
  • 98.7% of exams taken received pass grades (A*-E), exceeding national figures

At AS level entries are down nationally and locally as a result of the introduction of reformed stand-alone AS levels. Of those who took the exam, top grades (A*-B) went up by 14.9% across all centres.

The chair of Brighton & Hove City Council’s children, young people and skills committee, Councillor Dan Chapman, said: “In terms of high achieving A-level students we’re way ahead of the national average.

“This is also the sixth year running that Brighton & Hove’s overall pass rate is equal to or above national figures.

“I’m thrilled that so many young people in the city have performed so well, and I wish them all the best of luck with their next steps in life.”

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