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Richmond upon Thames students stand out in A-level results

21 August 2023

Sixth forms students in the borough continue to achieve above average A-level results, after grades were published by schools last week.

As expected, this year's results show a decrease from last year, which is a direct result of grading returning to pre-pandemic standards. There has, however, been an increase in both the proportion of A* to A and A* to C grades in Richmond, when compared with 2019 results.

Cllr Penny Frost, Chair of the Education and Children’s Services Committee, said:

"I would like to send my congratulations to all the students who have received their A-level results on what was a significant day for them. I know that some students will be disappointed with results, but it is important to remember that your achievements under years of unprecedented difficult circumstances are recognised and celebrated.

"If you did not receive the grades you had hoped for, please be aware that there are many other roads that you can take to get you to your desired destination, whether they are going onto university, employment, an apprenticeship, or further training. There are many options available here in your home borough and we will support you to achieve your dreams in whatever way we can."

Results, based on the information received from schools, show that 85% of all A-Level entries in borough school sixth forms were awarded A* to C grades, considerably above the national average of 75%.

The proportion of entries achieving the top A* to A grades, 36%, also remains well above the national average of 27%.

The pandemic and subsequent lockdowns had a significant disruption on in-person learning for many students in the borough. This year's school leavers did not sit their GCSE exams as a result of the pandemic. They also experienced multiple years of disruption, including extended periods of online learning due to lockdown restrictions, social distancing and 'bubble' learning.

If your grades were not what you expected, Achieving for Children's 14-25 team can provide support during this difficult time. Contact the 14-25 team's Summer Support helpline to talk to a qualified careers adviser to discuss your options by:

Waiting for exam results can be a stressful time for students. To support the mental health of young people in Richmond upon Thames young people can access Kooth, a free, safe and anonymous place to find online support and counselling.   

Work Match Richmond can help young people find local job and training opportunities. Young people aged 16-25 can also find an apprenticeship through the Council’s provider Way2Work

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Updated: 21 August 2023

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