More students in Suffolk pass A level exams than across the country


Provisional A level figures show that Suffolk pupils have once again performed well with the number of A*-E grades awarded above the national average.

Almost 3,000 pupils were entered for A Levels in Suffolk. Although yet to be verified, the figures show that 98.2% of A levels taken in the county have been awarded an A* to E grade, compared with 97.9% nationally. 77% of A level grades achieved were within the A* to C bracket, in line with national figures and a 1% increase on last year’s results.

Early indications show that Suffolk’s Academic average points per entry has risen to 33.37 this year, compared with 30.44 last year.

Pass rates remain high across the county, with St Benedict’s Catholic School and Newmarket Academy both reporting a 100% pass rate (A*-E grade achieved). Students at Sir John Leman High School made a significant 11% gain in the number of A* to C grades awarded this year, increasing from 71% to 82%.

Suffolk County Councillor Gordon Jones, Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, Education and Skills said:

“I’m delighted to see these excellent results for our students. This success is a real testament to the hard work and dedication of pupils, parents, teachers and governors.

“Suffolk’s A level results have been consistently high year on year and early indications show that they have remained above national this year. This reflects that schools across the county are continuing to drive up standards. Through our Raising the Bar programme we are improving outcomes for Suffolk pupils and ensuring that every child in Suffolk can achieve their full potential.

“Since the launch of Raising the Bar in 2012, A-level results have improved year on year and 88% of our schools are now being judged ‘Good’ or ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted. This rate is continuing to improve faster than the national average; over the last year, Suffolk schools have reduced the gap to national from 6% to just 1%.

“I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Suffolk’s young people and wish them every success as they move on to new challenges.”

A level and Applied General figures are based on self-reported data from schools and academies to Suffolk County Council. The results are subject to validation by the Department for Education in the new year.