County Durham’s youngsters have once again managed to top the previous year’s A-level scores.

The county’s A-level results have been gradually improving since 2016, with many schools and colleges seeing more students achieving A* to B grades and being accepted by their first-choice universities.

County Durham’s overall point score now stands at 35.4, in contrast to 2016’s score of 31.9. Durham’s average attainment grade has also improved and is now B-, which is better than the national average of C+.

The percentage of County Durham students getting a grade B or above in key subjects like mathematics, English and science has increased from 10.2% in 2018 to 13.9% this year.

This contrasts with the national picture, which has seen a drop in the proportion of students attaining very high grades for the first time since 2007.

The county’s vocational results – including at Applied General and Tech Level – are also superior to the national average, with most Durham students obtaining distinctions.

Durham County Council’s cabinet member for children and young people’s services, Cllr Olwyn Gunn, said, “We are incredibly proud of our young people who have worked so hard to achieve these results.”

“We would also like to recognise our committed teaching staff, parents and carers whose support and encouragement over the last two years has contributed to the countywide successes we are celebrating today.”

“These achievements are all the greater when you consider the major reforms that have been introduced to the A-level system in recent years.”

“We would like to express our warmest congratulations to those who received the results they hoped for today, but we would also like to offer reassurance to those who did not.”

“There are still lots of exciting and rewarding pathways to follow and I would encourage you to access the support on offer.”

Students who didn’t manage to get the grades they wanted – or who need careers advice – can go to Here they will find information on apprenticeships, training opportunities and recruitment for people aged between 16 and 24 across County Durham.

(This article’s featured image shows students from Durham City’s Framwellgate School after receiving their A-level results yesterday.)

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