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A-level results: Nerves and excitement as Redbridge students await their grades

PUBLISHED: 00:01 15 August 2013

Students at Seven Kings High School looking pleased after collecting their results last year

Students at Seven Kings High School looking pleased after collecting their results last year

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Students across Redbridge are facing an emotional rollercoaster today as they open their A-level results.

They will be hoping for top marks, which could beat last year’s haul when more than three-quarters of Redbridge pupils got A* to C grades and 97 per cent passed overall.

A record average point score was set for both students and subjects, which is used by universities to measure success.

Cllr Alan Weinberg, the cabinet member for children’s services, said he expects another record result this year.

He said: “I think we will get another excellent set of results. Our schools are good, the pupils are good and the aspiration of the parents is up there. We are a high achieving borough and parents move here to improve their children’s education.”

For the past two years, Redbridge has had the most students go to university than anywhere else in the country.

According to figures released by the Department for Education in June, two in three students (66pc) went on to university in 2010/11. The national average was 56pc.

But the proportion had dropped from 72pc in the previous year.

Cllr Weinberg thinks few students have been discouraged from attending university by 
increased fees, which amount to more than £9,000 a year at many institutions.

He said: “Teenagers know that it’s hard out there and the economy isn’t back to 100 per cent of what it should be – with a better degree you are more likely to get a better job.”

Maira Asad, 18, started doing A-levels at Caterham High School, Clayhall, before switching to a vocational qualification at Redbridge College.

She is now studying for a two-year BTEC in business and hopes to go on to university to do an economics degree.

She said: “I don’t think the tuition fees make a difference to people. You only start to pay it off when you’re earning over £21,000, so I didn’t really think about it.

“I think a lot are more likely do go down a more practical route because everyone knows that just because you have a degree doesn’t mean you will get a job.”

A spokesman from Redbridge College, Little Heath, said there has been a “significant 
increase” in interest in vocational training from schools and sixth form colleges.

•• Our reporters will be at many of Redbridge’s sixth forms today. Log on to this website throughout the day for stories from students, and keep an eye on our Twitter feed @IlfordRecorder, and our Facebook page for updates. You can also let us know how you got on. Call 020 8477 3800, or email newsdesk@ilfordrecorder.co.uk.


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