Runshaw still flying high on results day - despite slight drop in pass rate

A-Level results day at 'Runshaw College in Leyland. Pictured are 'Daniel Bayliss, Jack Ellis, Karishma Asher, Liam Lambert, and Connah Johnson
A-Level results day at 'Runshaw College in Leyland. Pictured are 'Daniel Bayliss, Jack Ellis, Karishma Asher, Liam Lambert, and Connah Johnson
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Runshaw College has bucked national trends for the second year running as the number of students achieving top grades has risen.

The overall pass rate dropped slightly from 100 per cent last year to 99.9 per cent this summer at the Leyland campus, but the percentages of A* and A grades increased by some margin.

There were only four fails out of the 3,229 subjects taken at the Langdale Road college in the last year, and the percentage of A* grades was the highest ever in 2013, at 11 per cent.

New principal Simon Partington said: “This paints a really positive picture overall, and our top grades figure is higher than it’s ever been.

“For four years running our A*-B grades has been around the 70 per cent mark, and our A*-A grades were at 36 per cent this year.

“For a comprehensive college I think that is exceptional. This is a day where our students are rewarded for their efforts.

“I think students these days work much harder than any other generation before them, so today is a real celebration for them.”

Nationally, the proportion of A-Level papers awarded at least an A grade has fallen for the second year in a row.

In total, 26.3 per cent of entries scored an A or A* this year, down from 26.6 per cent in 2012 - when the A*-A pass rate fell for the first time in more than 20 years.

More than a thousand A-Level students were told they could log on to Runshaw’s website at 6am this morning to get their results at the crack of dawn, but the site was so inundated with people trying to get their grades, the system crashed temporarily and some students had to wait until 8am to visit the campus to collect their results on paper.

There was also a celebratory breakfast held at 10am for students and staff.

Mr Partington also said the students doing vocational courses fared well this year, with a pass rate of 100 per cent in every course at every level, and 98 per cent of those taking the advanced graded courses scoring high.

He added that the recent intervention from the AQA examination board into the biology practical exams had not adversely affected student grades overall, with another 100 per cent pass rate in that subject.

- For more on this story including student reactions and pictures, see next week’s Guardian.