Thousands of Warwickshire students will be celebrating results of A-level, AS-level and vocational examinations today.
Around 6000 17 and 18-year-olds completed courses and sat exams, earlier this year, at schools, special schools, academies and further education and sixth form colleges around Warwickshire.
Results from individual schools and colleges have not yet been collected but the local authority is expecting continuing successful outcomes. Detailed data about the county’s overall performance will be published by the Department for Education in the autumn.
Cllr Colin Hayfield, Warwickshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Education and Learning, said: “Congratulations to everyone collecting their results today. Once again Warwickshire’s young people have worked very hard for their exams and deserve these great results, we are extremely proud of their successes.
“Today is about much more than A Levels. Students who have attained further education qualifications such as the International Baccalaureate, BTECs and other vocational qualifications should also be congratulated on their achievements. The good set of results we are expecting is a testament to each individual and also to the first class teaching, support and encouragement provided by school and college staff, parents and carers.
“Warwickshire’s new Education Strategy was approved at the County Council meeting in July. It focuses on ‘working in partnership, celebrating success, aiming for excellence’. One of the four priorities is ‘to champion employability’. Today we celebrate the achievements of thousands of Warwickshire students and we acknowledge the contributions made by all the educators who have supported them through the years so that they can succeed.
“I wish everyone success as they embark on the next stage of their lives, in whatever pathway they choose next, be it entering the world of work or continuing full-time studies at universities and colleges. Increasingly, many may choose to combine the two approaches by taking up the advanced apprenticeships that are on offer in the area. These can give the best of both worlds, allowing young people to gain skills that are of great value to employers, while being paid for their contributions to the companies they have joined.”
There are around 12,000 students aged 16-19 in Warwickshire schools and colleges. While many have gained the grades they need for higher education or their chosen employment route, there will be others who have not achieved the outcomes they had hoped for. For those who did not attain the results they expected, advice, guidance and support is available through their schools and colleges.
For anyone who does not achieve the grades they hoped for The National Careers Service can be contacted to access free information and advice about education, training and work on 0800 100 900.
The following website contains information to help with searching and applying for an apprenticeship https://www.findapprenticeship.service.gov.uk/apprenticeshipsearch
Warwickshire County Council will be analysing the results over the coming weeks to assess the full countywide picture.
Notes to editors
- New AS and A levels were first taught in schools in England from September 2015. The first results for the new AS levels were available in 2016, and for the new A levels were available August 2017.
- A levels are now fully linear, with students sitting their exams at the end of the two-year course. The new AS levels are stand-alone qualifications and no longer contribute to an A level grade.