THE number of students achieving the top mark in A-levels in Coventry is improving at a faster rate than the national average, say council chiefs.
A statement on Coventry City Council’s website reads: “Coventry’s sixth formers are celebrating their A-Level results with 98% of students achieving an A*-E grade, in line with national levels.
“The percentage of students achieving the highest grade in their A-Levels, an A*, improved again from last year at 5% to 5.5% this year improving at a better rate than the National improvement.
“Students in Coventry have maintained high AS level pass rates, with 86.7% of students achieving an A-E grade and 34.1% of those students achieving an A-B grade, which has increased by 1.8% from last year.
“The number of students taking vocational qualifications, such as BTEC Level 3 Diplomas, has risen this year, with students achieving high pass rates once again.
“Students taking the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (equivalent to 3 A-Levels) achieved a pass rate of 99%. All students who took the BTEC Level 3 Diploma (equivalent to 2 A-Levels) achieved a pass rate.
The number of students achieving A or A* nationally rose by 0.5 per cent.
Councillor Kevin Maton, cabinet member for education and skills, said yesterday: “Well done to all those receiving their results today after working so hard.
“Coventry’s students have achieved these fantastic results at a time of significant reform to the A Level and AS Level qualifications. These changes have meant that some subjects have changed considerably, so it’s great news that our students have maintained the same high standards as last year.
“It’s important for students to consider their next steps and explore all the pathways open to them, whether that is university, apprenticeships or others. There is no single route to success, so if you are unsure of your next steps, the National Careers Service or the Council’s Job Shop in the city centre can help support and advise.”
Validated city figures are expected to be released in January 2018.