Sixth form students across Essex are celebrating after collecting their A-Level results today.
About 4,850 students took exams at the county’s schools this year and initial data shows Essex is in line with the national average pass rate with 97.7 per cent of all grades awarded A* to E.
77.5 per cent of the grades awarded in Essex were A* to C, while 26 per cent of grades awarded were A* to A.
Students also performed well in vocational level 3 subjects, with 75.9 per cent of passes graded as distinctions or better.
Cllr Ray Gooding, Essex County Council’s Cabinet Member for Education, said: “We are committed to ensuring young people in Essex get the best possible education and I am delighted to hear that the county’s students have again achieved some fantastic results.
“A lot of hard work goes into studying for A-Level exams and I am pleased that effort has been rewarded.
“Congratulations to everyone who collected their results today and best of luck for the future, whatever that may hold.”
If any students are unsure what to do next, help finding education, employment or apprenticeship opportunities is available from Essex County Council’s Employment and Skills Team by calling 0800 707 6384.Alternatively, visit the team’s Facebook page
Today’s A Level results come as Essex continues to outperform other local authority areas both regionally and nationally in the retention of young people in post 16 education, employment and training.
Latest figures show the percentage of young people in Essex who are not in education, employment or training (NEET) or whose education/employment status is unknown is just 4.8 per cent, compared with an East of England average of 5.2 per cent and national average of 6.3 per cent.
Some 92.8 per cent of Year 12s and 87.2 per cent of Year 13s are currently participating in education, employment and training in Essex.
The achievements follow rigorous tracking processes from Essex County Council’s Employment and Skills Team, which works hard to identify and reengage young people with learning opportunities.