A- LEVEL students have once again done the borough proud, achieving excellent grades across Solihull.
Provisional results, published yesterday, show an overall pass rate of 98.1 per cent. This is slightly above the national average of 97.5 per cent.
Councillor Ken Meeson, cabinet member for education, children and young people, said: “Teachers, pupils and parents should be praised for their hard work, as these results reflect everyone’s efforts. Well done everyone, you should be extremely pleased.”
The Sixth Form College, Solihull enjoyed another outstanding year - with several students on their way to Oxbridge.
Emily Mynott, from Shirley, will be going to Cambridge to study medicine. She notched up five A grades.
“I’m really pleased,” she said. “Some subjects were harder than others, but I got what I needed and what I was expecting.”
Marston Green twins Philip and Richard Corser received the same grades, in the same subjects and are both on their way to Nottingham University.
At nearby Solihull College, there was a 98 per cent pass rate A number of students managed to get an A in three or more subjects.
Among them was high-flying Stephanie Brett, who earned four grade As. She said that she was ‘elated’ by her results and dismissed claims that the exams are too easy.
“It annoys me when people say that because there’s a lot of hard work and you have to put in a lot of hours. It demeans what people have achieved.”
Principal Brenda Sheils said the college was delighted by the results.
Both Saint Martin’s independent school and the Grace Academy, in Chelmsley Wood, also achieved pass rates above the national average.
Across Britain, grades have improved for the 27th year in a row - increasing competition for university places. In spite of the excellent results, schools and Government ministers have poured cold water on claims that courses are being dumbed down.
* To hear from the students themselves go to www.solihullnews.net and check out our results day video.