Young people in West Sussex have been receiving their A Level results today (Thursday).
A new system this year means that for some subjects, students will have taken their A-level exams at the end of two years of study, instead of sitting modular exams throughout the duration of their course. AS Level results no longer count towards A Level grades.
According to early reports provided by West Sussex schools and academies with sixth forms:
- young people continue to perform well at A Level
- A Level grades for A*-E this year are slightly above the national average.
The changes to the A Level system mean results are not directly comparable with previous years and this may have a bearing on the overall published results.
West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, Richard Burrett, said: "Congratulations to all the students and schools who have worked so hard to secure these results. I wish them all the very best of luck in their next step, whether that is higher education, training or employment.”
Mr Burrett also reassured students who may be disappointed with their results that support is available and added: "For some students there will be the fantastic news of having done better than expected but there may be some who are disappointed that their results are not what they had hoped for or needed. We would advise students not to panic, but to take the advice and support from their school or college, do their research and consider all their options before deciding on their next step."
Today's results are provisional until the Department for Education issues more detailed examination results later in the year once figures have been confirmed.