Another year of success for local schools at A-Level and vocational BTEC courses

Published: Friday 17th August 18

The borough’s secondary schools have posted another set of positive results at both A Level and for vocational BTEC qualifications.

The number of exams taken by pupils rose by 225 on the previous year and 78 per cent of A-Levels were passed at Grades A* to C - a success rate higher than the national average.

Success at St Cecilia

Provisional results show that one in four of all A Levels taken in a Wandsworth school achieved an A* or A grade – with more Wandsworth pupils now achieving this top score.

Graveney School in Tooting was the highest performer  with 32 per cent of exams taken there achieving the highest grades, just ahead of Saint Cecilia’s CofE in Southfields which saw 31 per cent of its A- Levels achieve an A* or A result.

At A* to C grade, Harris Academy Battersea continued its successes of the past two years by again topping the borough league of highest performing schools with a success rate of 88 per cent at this higher end of results.

Burntwood, Saint Cecilia’s and Southfields all improved on this measure compared to last year.

The overall A-Level pass rate across all the borough’s schools was just under 98.5 per cent.

Most of the borough’s schools are now offering the new-style vocational BTEC qualifications in addition to A-Level courses.

Good news for a Southfields Academy pupil

Every local school bar one had a 100 per cent pass rate for these tough new assessments.

The best performing schools for grades achieved at distinction (D) or better were Southfields, Harris Academy Battersea and Chestnut Grove. The same three schools were the top performing for grades at merit (M) or better.

Wandsworth’s schools and education spokesman Cllr Sarah McDermott said: “I’d like to offer my congratulations to all our students who have worked so hard, and done so well in this year’s exams.

“I’m delighted that all their hard work has paid off and as well as paying tribute to them for their efforts I’d also like to offer my thanks and gratitude to all the hard-working teachers and school support staff who have helped make this happen.”

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