More students have taken and passed A-levels in Nottingham this year than 2015.

Figures received so far from city schools show that Nottingham’s overall pass rate has improved compared to last year.

This year a total of 456 students were entered for A-levels, up from 389 last year.

Provisional results show:

  • An increase in the number of students achieving at least 2 A-levels grade A*-E, rising from 320 in 2015 to 383 in 2016.
  • An increase in the number of students achieving at least 3 with grades A*- A from 24 in 2015 to 35 in 2016
  • 100% of students have achieved at least one with a grade A*- E, rising from 99.2% last year.

Based on these provisional figures, this is the highest proportion of students achieving at least one A-level grade A*-E for five years.

However, the Council is keen to stress that these are unvalidated results and some schools haven’t declared their results. Therefore final statistics will require verification.

Although the Council is still waiting for results from some schools, this early picture indicates an improvement across the board, something Councillor Sam Webster, Portfolio Holder for Education, Employment and Skills believes should be celebrated.

He said: “I firstly want to congratulate all those students who have received their A-levels. I hope you got the grades you wanted but you can rest assured that you have plenty of future options in Nottingham – whether that’s in education, training or employment.

“We are delighted at the number of students who have secured some outstanding results; clear testament to their individual commitment and hard work. We must also recognise the support that these young people will have had from their teachers and parents or carers throughout the exam process. We thank them all and would like to congratulate everyone involved.”

Next up is GCSE results day and Cllr Webster has a message for all the pupils collecting their results.

He said: “I want to wish all our young people collecting their GCSE results next week the very best of luck, and I hope they achieve the outcomes they want. I’d like wish them the very best for the future, whether they are continuing their education, taking up an apprenticeship or traineeship, or entering employment for the first time.”

Futures Advice in Nottingham is a service that offers guidance and information for students on what to do next. There will be qualified careers advisers available at the Futures Careers Centre, 57 Maid Marian Way, Nottingham, from 1pm to 4pm on Monday to Friday for people who wish to call into the centre for free face-to-face advice. All advisers share regular updates about post-16 opportunities on their Facebook homepage. Futures is a joint partnership between Nottingham City Council and Nottinghamshire County Council and offers help and support to both city and county residents.

The city’s Nottingham Jobs Hub team runs a range of programmes designed for school leavers, including traineeships, apprenticeships and other training schemes that allow young people to ‘earn as they learn’ in more than 170 industries. The Jobs Hub offers training in a range of sectors such as construction, health and social care, business administration, hospitality and retail.”

In addition, there is the annual Jobs Fair in association with NG Teach coming up soon where people can come and access not only employers, but training providers and careers advice as well. It’s on Tuesday 13 September from 10am to 3pm at the Nottingham Motorpoint Arena – people can download a registration form at the website

Cllr Webster said: “The council is committed to helping schools improve and driving up standards so that our children and young people have the chance to reach their full potential and next week we will get a clear picture of how our young people have performed in GCSEs.”

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