Thousands of Warwickshire students will be celebrating receiving their A-level results today after having studied for two years in preparation.
There will also be a number of young people celebrating their achievements in other qualifications such as the International Baccalaureate, BTECs, NVQs and apprenticeships.
Around 6000 17 and 18 year olds have completed courses and sat exams this year, at schools/academies, further education colleges, sixth form colleges and training providers 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.
This comes on the back of further good news for Warwickshire’s 16-18 year olds following the announcement that more young people in the county are participating in apprenticeships (7.6%) compared to the national average (5.5%) which has helped to significantly reduce the number of NEETs (Not in Education, Employment or Training) in Warwickshire.
Cllr Colin Hayfield, Warwickshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Education and Learning, said:
“Congratulations to everyone collecting their results today. Warwickshire’s young people have worked very hard for their exams and deserve these great results, we are extremely proud of their successes”.
“The long hours of hard work and dedication of all the teaching staff, plus the support of parents and carers, that contributed to the students’ success should also be celebrated today.”
“Today is about much more than A-Levels. Students who have attained further education qualifications such as the International Baccalaureate, BTECs, apprenticeships and other vocational qualifications, should also be congratulated on their achievements.
“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 or combining the two approaches by taking up an advanced apprenticeship.
“It’s really pleasing to see how well 16-18 year olds are performing across the board in Warwickshire. While we rightly celebrate our success in this year’s A levels, we also need to recognise the work that has been done to reduce the number of NEETs in the county and get young people into apprenticeships and make sure that their training continues. It bodes very well for the future of Warwickshire that we are performing so well, clearly above the national average, in this field as well.”
While many students have gained the grades they need to progress onto higher education or their chosen employment route, there will be others who have not achieved the outcomes they had hoped for. The National Careers Service can be contacted to access free information and advice about education, training and work on Telephone: 0800 100 900.
The following website contains information to help with searching and applying for an apprenticeship: https://www.findapprenticeship.service.gov.uk/apprenticeshipsearch