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Brighton Journal | 23rd November 2019

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The A-Level results are in – how did Brighton fare?

The A-Level results are in – how did Brighton fare?
Elizabeth Richardson

Hundreds of Brighton & Hove students are collecting their A-Level results today. Many local students will no doubt be celebrating their hard-earned accomplishments. How did this year’s exam results fare?

National statistics show that this year, girls have reclaimed the title of most A*-A grades from the boys. Following a recent national push to encourage girls to pursue more STEM subjects, there were more A-Level science subjects taken by girls than boys this year. This marks a national breakthrough, as it is the first time this result has been the case.

Despite this, the number A-A* grades has reached an all-time low. Only 25.5% of students received top marks, the lowest percentage since 2007.

Schools in the Brighton area have shown outstanding performances from their students, with Cardinal Newman, BHASVIC and Brighton College all celebrating “record breaking” results.

Hove-based sixth form BHASVIC says its 99.6 per cent pass rate for A-Level exams is up 0.2% on last year. It remains within the top 1% of state schools and colleges when it comes to A-Level results.

The principle of BHASVIC, Mr Baldwin, has said:

Regardless of the grades achieved, if a student can say “I’ve done my best” then they should be rightly proud. For some students, turning up to an exam is a big achievement in itself and it is important to remember this.

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The UK’s leading charity for young people’s mental health, Young Minds, have asked people of Twitter what advice they would give students receiving their results today. In response, local Green MP Caroline Lucas has tweeted that “your A-level results do not define you”.

If you didn’t get the results you were hoping for and aren’t sure what to do next, don’t worry as there are still plenty of options. You can call the free Exam Results helpline on 0800 100 900, or check out UCAS’ advice on going through clearing.

If you need a pick-me-up, know that some of the country’s most influential and successful individuals did not pass their exams with flying colours. This includes Richard Branson, Russel Brand, Drew Barrymore and Simon Cowell to name a few. An influx of celebrities have take to social media on results day to remind students that if you do not make the grades, it’s not the end of the world. In the words of Jeremy Clarkson:

If your A Level results aren’t great be cheered by the fact that I got a C and two Us. And I’m currently sitting in a villa in St Tropez.

Maybe St Tropez won’t quite make the cut for tonight’s celebrations, but no matter your result, make sure to be proud and party in style. Consider Brighton beach as an alternative?

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