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Summary

  • Today is A-level results day
  • Results expected to drop according to Government
  • Youngsters at schools and colleges across Wirral picking up results

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That wraps up today's A-level live blog. Thank you so much for all your contributions, tweets, pictures and comments.

The Wirral Globe team wishes you all hearty congratulations on your efforts and achievements.

The adventure starts here - good luck!

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Record numbers of students are heading to university this year, it has been revealed, as new figures showed that the A-level pass-rate has fallen for the first time in more than 30 years.

Almost 400,000 undergraduates have already been accepted on to degree courses, with thousands of places still available, particularly for those with top grades.

For the first time this year, the total number of people going to university could top half a million, Ucas said.

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Statement from Wirral Council...

A-level pass rates at Wirral’s maintained schools, academies and sixth form colleges show the borough’s pupils achieved better than the national average this year.

With just one local school still to report, the overall pass rate in 2014 in Wirral stands at 98.7%, which puts the borough above the national figure of 98%

The number of top grades (A*-B) reported in Wirral this year was 48.9%, which closely mirrors the national picture that shows a slight decrease in top grades. Last year’s Wirral figure was 49.4%

Cllr Tony Smith, Wirral’s Cabinet Member for Children’s Services and Lifelong Learning (pictured below), said: “The overall picture looks very promising once again, particularly with the number of pupils achieving the pass rate putting us above the national average.

“This reflects the hard work pupils and staff put into achieving success in these most demanding of examinations. The students who are getting their results today can be proud of their achievements.”

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Julia Hassall, Wirral Council’s Director of Children’s Services, added: “‘A’ levels are a real test and that makes results day a nerve wracking occasion for young people. Getting the grades they need to progress is a huge achievement.

"I would like to congratulate all of our students, and wish them the very best for the future.”

 

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West Kirby Grammar School Headteacher, Alison Duffy, is pictured below (back centre) with some of the 32 students who achieved three or more passes at A* and A grade.

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From West Kirby Gramamr School...

West Kirby Grammar School has confirmed its position as Wirral’s top performing school with another superb performance in this year’s Advanced level examinations.

In the school’s best performance to date 76% of the grades awarded were top grades of A* - B. There was also a 100% pass rate, which is outstanding.

A total of 32 students achieved three or more A levels at grade A/A* - a brilliant achievement.

Two students Gwen Baines and Florence Chalker (pictured below) both from West Kirby were awarded University of Oxford places.

Gwen will student Japanese at Murray Edwards College, while Florence will attend St Anne’s College to student Biomedical Sciences.

Headteacher, Mrs Alison Duffy said, “The achievements of our students are outstanding and our best performance to date!  I am delighted with the Advanced level results.  The students and their teachers are to be congratulated. 

"They have worked hard and well deserve these splendid grades. We’re very proud of their achievement”.

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From Kingsway Acdemy School in Wallasey...

Wallasey School has had another successful year of sixth form results recording the highest ever A*/A grades in the school’s history and a dramatic improvement in A*-C grades as compared to the 2013 results. 

As we prepare to become The Kingsway Academy in September, students who choose to continue their studies with us in the Sixth Form will have access to new, dedicated facilities and future curriculum opportunities.

Headteacher, Amanda Cawood said: “The Governors, staff and I would like to congratulate all our students on their results and to wish them the very best of luck in their future educational and employment careers. 

"These results reflect the commitment and desire from our students to achieve at the highest levels and staff have worked hard to enable our young people to achieve their potential and have helped them to secure a high standard of success – I am so very proud of all their achievements”.

 

 

 

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Students at The Sixth Form College in Birkenhead celebrate after opening their eagerly anticipated results...

 

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More great pictures from our photographer, Paul Heaps, of students at Hilbre High School, South Wirral High School, St John Plessington Catholic College and Bebington High Sports College celebrating on results day...Wirral Globe:

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Students from Calday Grange Grammar School celebrate their results...

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Here are today's national A-level results by numbers, courtesy of Press Association...

  • Around 280,000 candidates in England, Wales and Northern Ireland took A-levels this year, including 260,369 18-year-olds.
  • There were 838,798 entries for the exams.
  • The overall A*-E pass rate was 98%, down 0.1 percentage point on last year. This is the first time it has fallen since 1982.
  • 8.2% of exams were awarded an A*- up 0.6 percentage points on 2013.
  • 26% of entries scored at least an A grade - down 0.3 percentage points on last year.
  • Boys outperformed girls at A* grade for the third year running, with 8.5% of boys' entries attaining the top mark, compared with 7.9% of the girls.
  • The most popular subject this year was maths, taken by 88,816 students, followed by English with 85,336 entrants.
  • Critical thinking saw the largest fall, with entries down 46.6% this year, followed by general studies, which has dropped by 24.3%.
  • Increasing number of students are choosing science, with the number electing to study biology, chemistry and physics rising by 2%. Maths entries have gone up by 0.9% and further maths by 1.5%.
  • Computing saw the biggest rise in popularity, with an 11% increase in entries, the next was religious studies which saw a 3.7% rise.
  • A record 396,990 undergraduates have had places confirmed at UK universities so far, up 3% on last year.
  • 352,590 students have won a place on their first choice of course, up 2% on 2013.
  • For the first time this year, the total number of people going to university could top half a million, according to the admissions service Ucas.
  • Early figures show that 103,970 students are still awaiting results or decisions on university places, up 5% on last year.

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From Birkenhead High School Academy...

Birkenhead High School Academy is delighted to announce our A level results: 100% pass rate for all Year 13 leavers, almost a third of all grades being A*-A. 

The girls and staff are to be congratulated on all their hard work, which will see students going on to follow a diverse range of university courses such as Medicine, Dentistry, Physiology, Pharmacology, Optometry and Criminology, Fine Art, Primary Education, History and Geography.

Some students have planned an exciting gap year before embarking upon further study.

Emily Berg (pictured below with her teacher) will study Culinary Arts Management at University College, Birmingham and has just spent two weeks working with Angela Hartnett in her Michelin starred restaurants in Mayfair. 

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St John Plessington Catholic College student Faye Doughty achieved A*, A and A grades and will now go on to study Dentistry at Manchester University.

 

 

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Catherine Bunting, from Wetherhead High School, shared this on Instagram after finding out she had secured a place at Manchester University to stugy Geography with her AAB grades.

 

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From Weatherhead High School...

Weatherhead High School is celebrating another successful year with excellent results today for its A-level students.

With an excellent 100% pass rate for all students (A*- E), over 72% achieved grades of A*-C of which over 40% achieved top scoring A*-B grades.

Weatherhead’s results, as the second biggest Sixth Form in the county, reflect its status as an Ofsted graded ‘outstanding’ school.

Over 120 students secured places at the university of their choice.

Head teacher, Mr Neil Dyment, said: "It is a very rewarding day to see so many of our young people achieve their ambition after so much commitment and hard work.

"With 100% pass rate and most students securing grades for their first choice places at top universities, I am delighted.

"The governors would like to thank all staff for their focus and support that has led to these achievements. And congratulations to all our students."

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From South Wirral High School ...

A-level students at South Wirral High School are celebrating a 100% pass rate in their studies, the best ever results for the Sixth Form, and a confirmation of the quality reflected in Ofsted ratings consistently over the last ten years.

95% of students secured their first choice at university, with a significant number destined for redbrick universities, as a result of grades of A*, A and B.  

Meanwhile Year 12 students also achieved their highest ever pass rate at AS, setting them up for success in 2015.

Catherine McCormack, Headteacher said: "I am delighted with our A-level results.  It reflects the team effort of staff, governors, parents and students. 

"Congratulations to all our students, who have worked so hard for seven years to secure success. All the staff are proud of you!”

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Wirral Grammar School for Girls student Temwani Mwenechanya is headihng to the  University of Nottingham to read Medicine after achieving one A* and two A grades.

 

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From Wirral Grammar School for Boys...

Wirral Grammar School for Boys achieved another very strong set of A-level results.

In main academic subjects the pass rate was 98% and 27% of entries received the highest grades of A* or A. 

55% of all grades were  A*, A or B. There was an average of 4.5 passes per student.  

As a result of these top class results, two students are off to Oxford or Cambridge and five are taking up much sought-after places at medical school.

The vast majority of students are heading for the university of their choice.

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Wirral Grammar School for girls students Megan Tripney, Charlotte Lawrence, Ellie Bennett, Ceri Gillett, Jess Morris celebrate their results.

Charlotte Lawrence will read History at Bristol University after achieving 2 A*s and one grade A.

Ellie Bennett gained two A*s and two grade As and is going to read Dentistry at Leeds University.

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From Wirral Grammar School for Girls...

The percentage of A*/A grades was 41%, with 73% for combined A* to B grades.

The high achieving Wirral Grammar School for Girls will see many of its pupils going to the very best universities to study for their degrees.

High achieving Hannah Yiu (pictured below) achieved an amazing six A*s and will study Medicine at the University of Hong Kong.

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A total of 79 girls achieved A* and A grades in their A level examinations

Wirral Grammar School for Girls Headteacher Mrs Elaine Cogan said: “I am thrilled that today has gone so well. Now we have to look towards next year to maintain this success and support all our girls individually.

"Offering an individual education to each student and sound careers advice is the key to a bright future. “I am extremely proud of the achievements of all the girls.

"It is a true testament to the hard work and dedication of all the pupils, staff and parents.”

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From Bebington High Sports College Sixth Form...

This was yet another excellent year for Bebington High Sports College Sixth Form, with the majority of students having accepted places at university.

There have been some very notable successes with Kat Warrington with 3A*, 1A & 1B, Lauren Brett achieving 3A*, James Farrell 2A*, 1A & 2Cs, Amy Thomas with 2A*, 1A & 1B, Danielle Taylor with 3 As, Emily Davies 1A*, 2A & 1D, Amy Benson 1A*, 2As & D, Josh Poole 1A* & 2As and Jack Lamey heading to Liverpool University to study History with 2As & 1B.

Well done to you all and good luck for the future.

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Headteacher Neil Dymant celebrates outstanding success of students at Weatherhead High School in Wallasey. The school had 100 per cent pass rate and almost every student secured their place at first choice of university.

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Universities Minister Greg Clark said: "Higher education is one of the most important sources of social mobility and I welcome the growth in the number of students from disadvantaged backgrounds.

"The lifelong benefits of higher education are significant.

Graduates are much more likely to be employed than non-graduates. They also earn on average significantly more over their lifetime.”

 

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Record numbers of students are heading to university this year, with almost 400,000 accepted on to degree courses already.

As of midnight, 396,990 undergraduates had places confirmed at UK universities, up 3% on last year, according to Ucas figures, and 352,590 have won a place on their first choice of course, up 2% on 2013.

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Here's Tara Campbell, Lauren Carlton, Olivia Collom, Lauren Masterson and Abinda Qureshi with their results at The Sixth Form College in Birkenhead.

The college achieved an overall pass rate of 99 per cent, with more than 1000 individual exam successes.

Over 40 per cent of students achieved a prestigious A*, A, B or distinction star grades.

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More A-levels were handed the very highest grade this summer, but the overall pass rate fell for the first time in more than 30 years, official figures show.

In total, just over one in four (26%) of exams were awarded an A* or A grade, down 0.3 percentage points on last summer.

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As Birkenhead School set a new record in A-level results, retiring headmaster John Clark said: “It is a particular pleasure for my colleagues and me to see so many students getting the highest grades needed to secure places at top universities.

“It is a stressful time even for the brightest, most hard-working students and the sense of relief today was palpable.

“Congratulations to them and to their teachers who go that extra mile in supporting them.”

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Ucas chief executive Mary Curnock Cook said: "Today's numbers are a reflection of the continuing strong demand for higher education. A combination of extra places available and the falling population of 18-year-olds means that students are in a good position to secure a place this year.

"Alongside the impressive numbers, this is also a story about individuals who have made a life-defining decision to invest in their personal growth and position themselves for a more fulfilling life and career."

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Record numbers of students are heading to university this year, with almost 400,000 accepted on to degree courses already.

As of midnight, 396,990 undergraduates had been accepted on to courses at UK universities, up 3% on last year, according to Ucas figures a nd 352,590 have won a place on their first choice of course, up 2% on 2013.

Ucas said that for the first time this year, the total number of people going to university could top half a million.

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News just in from St John Plessington Catholic College, Bebington...

St JP is delighted to record an overall pass rate of 99%, with 57% of students achieving A*-B grades. (This is an increase of 7% on last year's results) and there was also a significant increase of students achieving the 'gold standard' A*-A grades.

These results show the continued success of SJP in preparing students exceptionally well for their next stage in life.

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Birkenhead School students have plenty to smile about for as well as the usual 100% pass rate, this year they have set a new record with an impressive 56% of all results at A and A* grades.

 

Two star performers secured places at Oxford and Cambridge - Kevin Wong from Irby and Thomas Gibbs from Heswall.

 

Kevin gained four A* grades and has a place at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, while Tom got two A*, an A and a B to gain a place at Pembroke College, Oxford.

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Sixth-formers across the borough are today finding out if their hard work and effort has paid off as they wake up to their A-level results.

Read more about what the expectation is, nationally, for this year's results here.

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We want you to get involved throughout the day.

You can e-mail sophie.corlessnqnw.co.uk or tweet us @WIRRALGLOBENEWS or comment at the bottom of this page

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Good morning,

Feeling a bit sick? Been unable to sleep? Worried about what will happen today?

If the answer to all these questions is yes, chances are you are picking up your A-level results today.

If the answer is yes and you aren't picking up your results, perhaps seek medical advice.

We are out and about bringing you all the news and reaction

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