STUDENTS across Southport and Formby have been praised for achieving their A-Level results, despite most of their studies over the past two years being disrupted by the pandemic.
The vast majority of this year’s graduates would have embarked on their courses in 2020, so their studies would have been affected by Covid-19.
They also had to contend with the return of normal exams, with many students not having sat an exam for some time.
Despite these challenges, the students have been celebrating their successes after receiving their results on Thursday, August 18.
Students also received T-level, BTec and other results on Thursday.
At KGV Sixth Form College, the results were described by principal Michelle Brabner as “excellent.”
Michelle, said: “Our students have achieved excellent results and as such many of them will be progressing onto prestigious destinations including some of the UK's top universities, studying courses such as law, aeronautical engineering and veterinary science.
“We are so very proud of everything they have achieved here at KGV Sixth Form, and we wish them every success for their future."
There were similarly impressive results from Formby High School’s sixth form college.
Headteacher Dominic Mackenzie, said: “As exams returned for the first time in three years, there was a degree of trepidation and uncertainty about what results they would bring. In hindsight, this was not necessary as the grades our students have achieved in A Level and BTEC subjects are exceptional!
“Success is a team effort and thanks must go to their teachers and parents who have provided great teaching, and calm guidance and reassurance along the way. Take a bow, Year 13.”
At Range High School, it was a record breaking year for students with over 42% of all grades at A* or A and 66% of all grades at A* to B.
Headteacher Michael McGarry, said: “Considering everything that has happened in recent years these results are astounding.
“The hard work, determination, resilience and focus have all paid off.”
The proportion of top A-level grades in England, Wales and Northern Ireland has fallen since 2021, but remains higher than in 2019.
About 36.4% of A-levels were marked at A* and A this year, while last year, 44.8% of exams were graded A or above.
It is the first time since 2019 that A-level grades have been based on public exams, after two years of cancellations because of the Covid pandemic.
The university admissions service, Ucas, said 65.3% of students in the UK who applied to university were offered their first choice.