Big day for A-level students

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HUNDREDS of futures were being decided today as hard-working Wigan students discovered their A-level results.

While the proporation of papers awarded top grades has fallen nationally, all five of the borough’s exam centres today proclaimed themselves very proud of their students’ performances. And there were plenty of stunning individual achievements as well as collective firsts.

Students at Winstanley College with their A-level results

Students at Winstanley College with their A-level results

St John Rigby College saw the overall A-level pass rate climbing above 99.2 per cent for the first time ever.

And a perfect 100 per cent pass rate was realised in 23 of the college’s 26 A-level courses, with many achieving this for the fifth consecutive year.

Astley St Mary’s Catholic Sixth Form also celebrated its best-ever A-level and BTEC results.

Bright students at the Manchester Road college achieved an A* to E pass rate of more than 99.5 per cent, with 49 per cent of grades between A* and B.

The class of 2013 at high-flying Winstanley College saw an impressive 37.8 per cent of students achieving A* or A grades when the national average is 26.3. Its A to E pass rate was 99.1 per cent.

Overall Wigan and Leigh College’s pass rate was 97 per cent - up five per cent on last year and 11 A-level subjects achieved a 100 per cent pass rate including sciences.

At the Deanery High School, outgoing headteacher Stephen Brierley said: “Early analysis suggests our A-level pass rate is 95.5 per cent, which is a great achievement.”

Coun Susan Loudon, cabinet member for children and young people at Wigan Council, said: “I am delighted with the results as I’m sure the students and their families are.”

SEE THE WIGAN EVENING POST (FRIDAY AND SATURDAY) AND NEXT WEEK’S WIGAN OBSERVER (8-PAGE SPECIAL) FOR ALL THE A-LEVEL NEWS AND RESULTS ...