The high jumping classes of 2016 - A Level Results Day

It's been a day of celebrations and high leaps for many of the class of 2016 - Heads and teachers getting in on the act very often. For those whose little brown envelopes didn't enclose the hoped for grades, we hear staff, students, parents and clearing houses are working hard to ensure that Plan B's will very soon emerge. We've been sharing the high emotions with independent and state schools in London and Oxfordshire today and there has been much to celebrate.

The original high jumpers...without A levels we imagine (Image credit: Philippe Halsman)

The original high jumpers...without A levels we imagine (Image credit: Philippe Halsman)

These were just some of the headlines of the day: 

  • A fall in the national percentage of the top A* grades was widely reported in UK newspapers and news channels, but was actually a negligible 0.1% fall. Students did just as well in attaining the highest grades. 
  • Boys in Wales: it's so far a mystery as to why... but A*/A grades fell significantly.... more so than for Welsh girls, or English boys
  • We all know that girls out-perform boys, but did you know how small the performance gap is and that this gap is closing?
  • Fewer students are taking less academic subjects.... anything with 'studies' in the title which may not impress is out of favour
  • The top five subjects in terms of grades were Maths, Irish, Further Maths, German and French, BUT take up of modern foreign languages continues to slump. 
  • Whilst many a private school Head was tweeting with the dawn chorus State senior schools and sixth forms were not on the whole shouting their results from the roof-tops, not even updating their school websites. Whilst we're sure they were focused on their students rather than their PR, we'd love to see and hear more from them. In the coming days we'll be digging for more details...watch this space. 

Right now, we're off for a well-deserved one of these. 

(image credit: Unsplash)

(image credit: Unsplash)

Same time next week for GCSE Results Day: Thursday 25th August

Even now, we know that it's not too late to find a place in many UK sixth forms, so if your child finds themselves in possession of GCSE results that could potentially change things for them, we urge you to swing into action for the Sixth Form Switch. Do get in touch if you'd like our help and advice using the form below.