Derbyshire A-level students continue to do the county proud

Published on: Monday, 19th August 2019

A-level students in Derbyshire schools have continued to do their county proud by achieving good grades.

According to provisional information for the 25 schools and academies in Derbyshire which offer post-16 education:

  • Around 2,100 students have received their Level 3 (A-level and equivalent) results
  • The average grade for a Derbyshire student was C this year
  • The overall pass rate in Derbyshire is 98%

Schools have been working hard to analyse their results issued yesterday and provide information and support for students as they take their next steps towards university, college, employment, apprenticeships or other opportunities.

Derbyshire County Council Cabinet Member for Young People Councillor Alex Dale said: "A big congratulations to all students, teachers, staff, governors and parents on their success.

“We’re really proud of our young people in Derbyshire and we wish them all the best as they choose higher or university education, training, apprenticeships or employment.”

Councillor Dale also reassured students who may be disappointed with their results that support is available.

Students who do not get the grades they hope for should get in touch with their school or college which will be able to help them access support and advice to consider all the alternatives.

Advisers can help students consider their options and decide on the best way forward.  That might involve resitting some or all of their exams or taking other qualifications.

If young people have just missed their grades they can try their chosen university or college to see if they can still get in or go through the clearing process to find an alternative place.

Councillor Dale added: “There may be some students who are disappointed that their results are not what they hoped for or needed.

“We would advise those students not to panic but take the advice and support that’s on offer, do their research and consider all their options before deciding what to do next.”

Students with A-levels who are not thinking about higher education can check out the apprenticeship website at www.apprenticeships.org.uk or visit the county council’s Derbyshire Skills Festival – the county’s largest careers event for young people.

This year’s events will be held at:

  • Proact Stadium, Sheffield Road, Chesterfield, S41 8NZ on Wednesday 18 September 2019
  • Derby Arena, Royal Way, Derby, DE24 8JB on Wednesday 25 and Thursday 26 September 2019

All three events will run from 1.30pm to 7.30pm.

Visitors will also be able to take part in have-a-go sessions to test their skills and give them an idea what different careers might be like.  More information and a list of providers can be found at www.derbyshire.gov.uk/skillsfestival

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