Congratulations to all Halton’s young people who received their A level and vocational qualification results today.

They should all be proud of their achievements and the true determination and resilience they have shown – well done to all! These students have experienced disruption from Covid throughout their recent, educational journey.

The exams regulator, Ofqual, stated that they anticipated results to be much closer to pre-pandemic levels this year, with fewer top grades being awarded in 2023 compared to the last two years.

Halton students have much to celebrate with 75% of grades awarded at A level being achieved at grades A*- C, which is in line with the provisional national figure of 75.4% A*-C. 99% of entries also resulted in A level pass marks A*-E.

Similarly, students who have undertaken vocational qualifications, have seen significant success with 86% of entries achieving high grades of MMM or above and 56% achieving distinctions.

John Wilson, Interim Director of Children’s Services at Halton Borough Council passed on his congratulations: “Students and staff each year work extremely hard and these young people, in particular, have faced a challenge like no other year group. It’s important to remember that these students did not gain experience of sitting formal GCSE exams and then had the immense challenge of facing vocational and A level exams and formal assessments.

“I’d like to offer the warmest congratulations to all our students on receiving their results today – they should all be proud of what they have achieved and be looking forward to their next steps in education, employment, training and apprenticeships. You’ve clearly demonstrated courage, resilience and determination to succeed – well done to you all!

Cllr Tom McInerney, the Council’s portfolio holder for Children & Young People, was delighted to hear how well Halton students have worked to develop their knowledge, skills and experience and wishes all students well in their next steps.

“Our young people are a true credit to Halton and are bright stars of our future. Congratulations on your success and all that you have achieved, you should be rightly proud of your accomplishments. I’d also like to thank the staff, governors, families and wider services who’ve helped, advised and supported our young people to achieve such success – thank you all!”

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