A-mazing A level results as students continue to do Derbyshire proud

Published: 16 August 2018

A level students in Derbyshire schools have continued to do their county proud by maintaining good grades.

According to provisional information for the 26 schools and academies we maintain which offer post-16 education:

  • around 2,300 students have received their Level 3 (A level and equivalent) results
  • the average grade for a Derbyshire student was C+ this year – a slight improvement on 2017
  • the overall pass rate in Derbyshire is 97% – slightly up on last year

Schools have been working hard to analyse their results issued today (Thursday 16 August 2018) and provide information and support for students as they take their next steps towards university, college, employment, apprenticeships or other opportunities.

Our Cabinet Member for Young People Councillor Alex Dale said:

“A big congratulations to all students, teachers, staff, governors and parents on their success.

“We’re really proud of our young people in Derbyshire and we wish them all the best as they choose higher or university education, training, apprenticeships or employment.”

Councillor Dale also reassured students who may be disappointed with their results that support is available.

Students who do not get the grades they hope for should get in touch with their school or college which will be able to help them access support and advice to consider all the alternatives.

Advisers can help students consider their options and decide on the best way forward. That might involve resitting some or all of their exams or taking other qualifications.

If young people have just missed their grades they can try their chosen university or college to see if they can still get in or go through the clearing process to find an alternative place.

Councillor Dale added:

“There may be some students who are disappointed that their results are not what they hoped for or needed.

“We would advise those students not to panic but take the advice and support that’s on offer, do their research and consider all their options before deciding what to do next.”

Students with A levels who are not thinking about higher education can check out the information on apprenticeships on the Gov.UK website or visit our Derbyshire Skills Festival – the county’s largest careers event for young people.

This year’s events will be held at:

  • Pride Park Stadium, Pride Park, Derby, DE24 8XL on Wednesday 19 and Thursday 20 September 2018
  • Proact Stadium, Sheffield Road, Chesterfield, S41 8NZ on Wednesday 26 September 2018

The events run between 3.30pm and 8pm.

Derbyshire Skills Festival is an opportunity for young people leaving school or college or looking for a job with training to talk to the professionals and get all the information and guidance they need under one roof.

Visitors will also be able to take part in have-a-go sessions to test their skills and give them an idea what different careers might be like.

Find out more about Derbyshire Skills Festival.