HALTON Council is celebrating a very successful year for its A-Level students, with nearly all students achieving pass grades.

Exams regulator Ofqual stated that they anticipated results to be much closer to pre-pandemic levels this year, with fewer top grades being awarded in 2023 compared to the last two years.

However, a warm congratulations has been offered to all students who took part in the exams across the borough after it has been revealed that 75 per cent of grades awarded at A - Level were achieved at grades A*- C.

This is in line with the provisional national figure of 75.4 per cent.

Astoundingly, a whopping 99 per cent of students in Halton achieved the A-Level pass grade of A* - E.

Similarly, students who have undertaken vocational qualifications, have seen significant success with 86 per cent of entries achieving high grades of MMM or above and 56 per cent achieving distinctions.

John Wilson, interim director of children’s services at Halton Borough Council, passed on his congratulations to all the students and staff who have worked ‘extremely hard’ throughout the year.

“These young people, in particular, have faced a challenge like no other year group,” he said.

“It’s important to remember that these students did not gain experience of sitting formal GCSE exams and then had the immense challenge of facing vocational and A Level exams and formal assessments.

“I’d like to offer the warmest congratulations to all our students on receiving their results today - they should all be proud of what they have achieved and be looking forward to their next steps in education, employment, training and apprenticeships.”

Cllr Tom McInerney, the council’s portfolio holder for children & young people, was delighted to hear how well Halton students have worked to develop their knowledge, skills and experience and wishes all students well in their next steps.

“Our young people are a true credit to Halton and are bright stars of our future.

"Congratulations on your success and all that you have achieved, you should be rightly proud of your accomplishments.

"I’d also like to thank the staff, governors, families and wider services who’ve helped, advised and supported our young people to achieve such success - thank you all.”