Results day success for students

THOUSANDS of students across the borough have been celebrating A-level success.

With the scrapping of January re-sits and less of a focus on coursework, it was predicted today that the number of top grades would fall nationally this year.

Winstanley College A-level results. Pictured are Laura Helme, Charles Coldrick and Toni Claytonwoods

Winstanley College A-level results. Pictured are Laura Helme, Charles Coldrick and Toni Claytonwoods

But the early signs in Wigan are that colleges have either been holding their own or even bucking the trend.

At Orrell’s St John Rigby College the higher pass rate (those exams earning an A*, A or B) rocketed by eight per cent over last year’s which meant that 49 per cent of all exams sat achieved one of these higher grades.

Winstanley College, which regularly appears at the top of national sixth form tables for A-level performance produced figures very similar to those in 2014, although the percentage of A* grades actually rose from 11.2 to 12.9.

The Deanery High School’s sixth form enjoyed its best ever A-level pass rate of 100 per cent in all 28 subjects.

Students at Winstanley College pick up their results

Students at Winstanley College pick up their results

Astley St Mary’s was celebrating too after 47 per cent of all grades were at A*/A or their equivalent and a 67 per cent were A* to B.

Other results have yet to come in. Wigan and Leigh College was seeing A-level results published for the last time after a major curriculum shake-up.

And the borough’s first ever A-level results from a free school - Atherton Community - were also eagerly awaited although its first cohort involves only a handful of students.