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Record top grade A level passes

The number of A level passes at the top A* grade was the highest ever recorded on the Island this year.

There was also a record proportion of passes at the highest grades.

Figures from the Department of Education's five secondary schools released yesterday (Thurs) showed an overall pass rate of 97.7%, slightly up on last year.

360 Year 13 students were entered for 1,150 A levels and more than 300 AS levels in more than 40 subjects.

However, the number of entries per student, at 3.6, was lower than in recent years, reflecting greater focus on securing university places asking for three A levels.

Overall, the Island’s A level pass rate was 97.7%, higher than last year’s figure of 97.1% but not a record.

Co-ordinating Adviser for 11-19 Education, Paul Craine, says feedback from headteachers around the Island was very positive with the vast majority of students obtaining places at their first choice, or insurance choice, university and those who hadn't quite achieved what they hoped were expected to be successful in the clearing system.

He also points out that the results for the Isle of Man are not directly comparable with the results that will be published in the UK whose results relate to all entrants and include mature students and students in colleges and independent schools whereas the Isle of Man data relate solely to 18 year olds in the DEC’s five secondary schools.


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