The A-Level pass rate for students in Swindon has increased, according to provisional results published today (15 August).

A total of 778 students received their results today and, of the 1,739 exam entries, 96.8 per cent were awarded a pass (A*-E), slightly up on last year’s figures (96.3 per cent).

Although the proportion of A-Level entries resulting in the top grades (A*-A) was 14.7 per cent, down from 15.9 per cent last year, the number of entries with at least one A* to B grade rose to 40.3 per cent – up from 38.7 per cent in 2018.

The statistics are initial figures and may be subject to change.

Councillor Russell Holland, Deputy Leader of Swindon Borough Council and the Cabinet Member responsible for Education, said: “I would like to congratulate all students who picked up their A-Level results today and wish them the very best for the future whether they continue into further education or embark into the world of work.

“Today is the culmination of two years’ of hard work not only from the students, but from teachers and everyone associated with our schools and colleges. Special mention must also go to the UTC, Commonweal and New College, for improving on their pass rate from last year.

“But all of our secondary schools and colleges are working incredibly hard to improve pupils’ grades and we will continue to support them through the Swindon Challenge Board and the Swindon Learning Town initiative.”