It was a tense day for hundreds of young people when their A-level results arrived.
But for many students at the city’s seven sixth form colleges, their grades were a cause for celebration despite the national pass rate dropping for the first time in more than three decades.
All pupils at Wakefield Girls High School and Cathedral Academy of Performing Arts achieved three or more A-levels at A* to E grades, compared to the national average of 98 per cent.
At WGHS, 85 per cent of students obtained three or more A* to C results and there was also an increase in the number of girls achieving A* and A grades, bucking the national trend of a slight dip in the highest grades.
Headteacher Gillian Wallwork, said: “With over three quarters of girls attaining grades at A*, A or B, it is no wonder that yet again, most of them have been rewarded with their first choice of university.
“It is a pleasure to see this hard working and delightful year group heading off into their chosen fields, with well-deserved academic credentials to add to their many personal strengths.”
All students at CAPA also received three or more A* to C grades.
Claire Nicholson, Director of CAPA, said: “We are incredibly proud of the CAPA students who have achieved excellent A-level and BTEC results. We are delighted, that as a result of their qualifications and their success in many rounds of rigorous auditions, our students are now progressing to some of the UK’s leading Higher Education Performing Arts conservatoires and universities.”
At Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, 99.3 per cent of students achieved three or more A-levels at grades A* to E with 94.1 per cent obtaining three or more at A* to C.
Headmaster, David Craig said: “QEGS is quietly celebrating its best ever A2 results with 84 per cent of papers graded A* to B.
“There are lots of happy young men now set fair for the country’s top universities.”
Wakefield College’s results improved on last year with an overall pass rate of 97 per cent.
And 65 per cent of students obtained three and more than half of the college’s A-level subjects also had a pass rate of 100 per cent.
Head of A-levels, Sue Brown said “We’re all really pleased with this set of results; particularly given the more stringent A Level standards. Our students can be justifiably proud of all the hard work that has underpinned their success.”
Silcoates School were also celebrating another ‘impressive’ year of results with an overall pass rate of 96 per cent and 69.4 per cent of students achieving three or more A* to C grades.
Headmaster, Darryl Wideman, said: “The school is delighted to celebrate another impressive year of A-level success and we congratulate all our students for their many achievements.”
At Outwood Grange Academy 95.5 per cent of students achieved three or more grades at A* to E with 69.4 per cent of students achieving three or more A* to C grades.
Academy principal, Sir Michael Wilkins, said: “I am delighted with the results and very proud of our students along with the support received from parents, carers and governors.”
Julie Slater, Executive Principal added: “It was a very happy day for us all at Outwood Grange and our students have excelled themselves.”
Ossett Academy achieved an overall pass rate of 99.24 per cent.
Principal Martin Shevill said: “I’m really delighted with the results again. I think the important thing is that so many of the students have got into the universities or career opportunities that they want. I’m really proud of them.”