Education News | Hampshire celebrates post-16 achievementsHampshire County Council’s Executive Member for Education, Councillor Peter Edgar is congratulating students across Hampshire – as thousands celebrate success following the release of this year’s results for A-level and vocational qualifications.

“Provisional results suggest that we can applaud another excellent year for post-16 outcomes across the county, with an improvement in both A-level and vocational results,” commented Councillor Edgar.

Indications from the initial results reported so far by the colleges, school sixth forms and training providers reveal that 91% of post-16 students studying in Hampshire have achieved the Level 3 standard with either two or more A*-E grades at A-level, or the vocational equivalent, the same as national results in 2014. This is a provisional figure as two providers have been unable to report results at this stage.

Councillor Edgar added: “This summer’s results are a reflection of the hard work of students and the high quality post-16 education and training sector that we have in Hampshire. It’s important that young people have the opportunity to study the subjects that interest them and achieve the sort of results which support them to pursue their career plans through university or employment. It is particularly pleasing to see a high percentage of Hampshire students achieving the highest grades. I wish to acknowledge and thank the many excellent teaching and support staff in our colleges and school sixth forms who, along with parents and carers, work so hard to support students to achieve.

“While A-levels remain the ‘gold standard’ for 18 year olds, in terms of academic achievement, students who have gained vocational qualifications and apprenticeships should be congratulated in equal measure. Having visited a large number of schools, colleges and businesses over the last few years, and spoken with many young people in training, I am absolutely convinced that the opportunities are greater than ever before for an excellent motivational career here in Hampshire – whatever qualifications may be achieved.”

Results also show that 24% of A-level grades in Hampshire were A* or A – an improvement from 2014. The overall A-level pass rate has improved to 99% (A*-E) – 1% higher than the indicative national result.

The County Council retains a responsibility for young people to the age of 18 (or age 25 years in the case of young people with learning disabilities) and supports Hampshire’s post-16 providers in continuing to offer a wide range of high-quality education and training opportunities. As well as A-level and Vocational Diplomas, students across the county studied for a wide range of other qualifications including AS level and apprenticeships.

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