STUDENTS in Lincolnshire receiving their A-level results last week managed to beat the national average pass rate – with a figure of 98.2 per cent.
Young people around the county marked a high level of success in this year’s exams, with many managing to make the highest grades of A* and A.
Almost a quarter of those receiving their grades on Thursday hit the top spots, boosting county figures to just over the national average of 98 per cent.
However, for the first time in several years, the number of students being awarded the top grades dropped, following a concerted effort nationally to avoid what has been termed ‘grade inflation’.
Seven schools in the county managed a 100 per cent pass rate, including two schools in Boston.
Giles Academy, in Old Leake, and Boston High School both had an unblemished pass rate this year. It was the first time this had ever happened at the High School, on Spilsby Road.
Nineteen other schools in the county also exceeded the national pass rate.
Students completing courses equivalent to A-levels also did well in their exams, with the pass rate half a per cent higher than last year.
Coun Patricia Bradwell, Lincolnshire County councillor for children’s services, said: “In these days when the job market is so competitive and qualifications increasingly important, I am delighted that our students continue to perform so well.
“Our young people deserve this reward for their efforts – well done to them all and the schools who have helped make it happen.”
Debbie Barnes, director of children’s services, added her congratulations to the words of Coun Bradwell.
She said: “These are another excellent set of results and I would like to congratulate the young people, their parents, carers and teachers for all their hard work. With the raising of the participation age upon us next year, our students set a shining example of just what can be achieved with dedication and perseverance.”