A-level students in Mansfield are leading the way after landing the most improved top grades in Nottinghamshire.
Thousands received their grades on Thursday to make or break their career aspirations. For those studying at sixth-form colleges in the region, they had more to celebrate than most as the number of teenagers who picked up A*, A or B grades rose by a massive 16.6 per cent on last year.
That took them to 49.4 per cent of pupils who landed a top grade, compared to 32.8 per cent last year which left them languishing at the bottom of the regional table.
Now they are joint third in the table with colleges in Gedling, and only bettered by Rushcliffe and Newark who have a current top-grade pass rate of 57.4 per cent and 49.8 per cent respectively.
Not only that, overall passes - A* to E grades - rose from 95.9 percent in Mansfield last year, to 98.4 per cent, which was also the biggest improvement across the regional board.
Meanwhile, A-level students in Ashfield also enjoyed a 5.7 percent increase in students reaching the top grades, the second biggest leap after Mansfield.
“I would like to congratulate all young people who have worked so hard to achieve these very good results,” said Coun John Peck, Nottinghamshire County Council’s committee chairman for children and young people’s services.
“Whilst many of our young people will be taking up well deserved places at universities and colleges, others will now be accessing an apprenticeship which offers work based learning, in partnership with educational providers.
“This is also an opportunity to thank teachers who have provided the learning opportunities over many years to ensure that our young people can celebrate their achievements.
“Nottinghamshire teachers have been ambitious in their aspirations for all children and I publicly acknowledge their commitment to Nottinghamshire students.”