School & College News | Hampshire Students’ Work Pays Off | Andover & VillagesHampshire 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 Hampshire’s students who sat A’Level examinations and equivalent vocational qualifications this summer”, commented Councillor Edgar.

Provisional 2016 results, reported by Hampshire colleges and school sixth forms, indicate that 92 per cent of post-16 A-level students have achieved two or more passes at A*-E grade, and 78 per cent achieved three passes. Both results are above the 2015 national average (91 per cent and 77 per cent respectively). The percentage of those achieving high pass rates of three grades at AAB or better, at 13 per cent, is again above last year’s average (12 per cent).

Councillor Edgar added: “This summer’s results are a reflection of the hard work of students who benefit from the high quality post-16 education and training that we have in Hampshire. It’s important that young people have the opportunity to study the subjects that interest them and are given the opportunity to achieve results that will enable them to pursue their career plans through university, work based training or full time 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.

“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 they provide for an excellent and motivational career. Opportunities here in Hampshire are greater than ever before – whatever qualifications are achieved.”

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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