By Ian Dipple Thursday 15 August 2013 Updated: 16/08 10:49
SCHOOLS across Bromsgrove and Rubery are reporting a strong performance by A-Level students despite a dip in the number of top grades being awarded nationally for the second year in a row.
There is also no sign young people are being overwhelmingly deterred from attending university, following the rise in tuition fees to up to £9,000 a year.
At North Bromsgrove High School there was a 26 per cent increase in the number of pupils taking A-Levels this year. Star performers included Dan Dawson with an A*, and two As, Lauren Hewitt with two A*, an A and a B and Laura Small who achieved an A*, two As and an A at AS Level.
Headteacher David Hadley-Pryce said the majority of students had secured a place at their first choice university.
"Times are incredibly tough for 18 to 25-year-olds at the moment. It really is great to see our young people working so hard with their teachers to improve their life chances with these superb results."
More than 200 pupils at South Bromsgrove High School secured A* to B grades with an overall pass rate of over 99 per cent. Catherine Jones and Harry Rhodes both achieved three A* and an A, while 16 students in total secured straight A* or A grades.
Headteacher Paul Topping said he believed all students had secured their expected place after school.
Among them is Mathew Addy, who is set to study economics and politics at the University of Nottingham.
He said: "The rise in tuition fees hasn't put me off studying A-Levels. I have already had a year out so I am definitely going to university now."
BTEC students also performed well with Ellie Frost, Ruth Hall, Alexia Harris, Ellina Jackson and Andrew Smith all achieving three straight distinction star grades, the highest grade available.
Bromsgrove School is celebrating its best ever results in terms of A* and A to B grade averages.
Over 27 per cent of results were at A* level, 61.6 per cent were A* and A grades while 88.6 per cent were at A* to B. In total 32 pupils achieved four or more A* to A grades. Fred Alford and Maxime Cox are among those heading to Oxbridge with ten A* between them.
Headmaster Chris Edwards said: "These results were close to miraculous given that, on paper at least, this was supposed to be a weaker cohort than last year."
At Waseley Hills High School 15 per cent of students achieved the top A* or A grades and the overall pass rate was 100 per cent. Almost half of AS-Level pupils got A or B grades.
A DRIVER was kidnapped during a robbery at
A TEENAGER is donating some of her hair
FREE breakfasts in return for a donation to
A TEENAGER fears her dream of attending drama
POLITICIANS in Redditch can learn from Nelson Mandela's legacy when ...
NADHIM Zahawi has hit out at a massive proposed pay ...
AS WE get ready to launch the Worcester Observer next ...