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Manchester bucks national trend as star students shine

Triplets Ali, Omar and Hamzeh celebrating their results.

Stars were born throughout Manchester today as teenagers took the next exciting step in their young lives.

This year the number of A level entries for the City increased by almost 200 to 8,300.

Bucking the national trend seen this year, the number of Manchester students achieving A* (7.6%) and A*-A (22.9%) has increased.

The number of A*-E passes continues to be above the national average of 97.6%, which the percentage of students in Manchester achieving these grades standing at 97.7%.

The number of A*-C did fall by 1%, but, Manchester has closed the gap with the national average which fell by 1.5%.

Over recent years there has been a sense of increased pressure placed on our young people, and the schools in which they learn. But in spite of adversity Manchester has proven that it is home to some of the best and brightest young minds in the country.

One school with students that excelled was William Hulme’s Grammar School.

At the Whalley Range school, the number of pupils this year getting A* to B Grades was up to 45%, with the number of students gaining the top grades of A*-A an excellent 13%.

The school also reported a fantastic pass rate of 99%.

As ever, the type of subjects students from William Hulme will be going off to study are incredibly varied.

Britney Nhumaio achieved A grades in Biology, Chemistry and Mathematics. She is going on to study Medicine at the University of Brighton and Sussex Medical School.

Nomair Ahmed achieved an A* grade in Mathematics, an A grade in Computing and B grade in Physics, and will be staying close to home to study Computer Science at the University of Manchester.

And, Max Corr achieved A* grades in History and Politics and an A grade in Religious Studies. He will soon be travelling the short distance up the M62 to Leeds, where he will be studying Philosophy and Politics at the University of Leeds.

One school which indicates the positive results coming from Manchester was Parrs Wood High School, in Didsbury.

In line with Manchester’s good results, set against the small decline nationally, 10% of the schools cohort this year achieved straight A*-A, and the school recorded a 10% increase in the number of pupils achieving grades A*-C, rising to 75%.
Also, a phenomenal five students were accepted to study at Oxbridge Universities and further five were accepted to study medicine.

The staff at Parrs Wood were particularly glad to see the number of students going on to study STEM subjects at university.

Councillor Garry Bridges, Executive Member for Children and Schools, said: “I am so proud of this year’s group of students who have shown once again what an intelligent, driven and passionate community they are.

“Leaving college or 6th Form is always a nervous time, but it also is a time of great excitement, when so many opportunities and new experiences are open to you. That may be going on to university, further education or heading straight into the world of work. The best decisions are the ones which work best for you, and I wish luck to all of our students for what comes next for them.

“There will be so many young people in Manchester that are delighted today, but it is important that all of them realise just how much potential they have, whatever the grades they received. There are good options for everyone, and there are a range of great places to go to for advice on the next steps to take.”

“Education is a challenge, but it is also a joy and I want to thank everyone associated with our school system for they work they do day in, day out, to give the young people of Manchester a brighter future.”

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