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A-level Results Day 2018: Newham pupils celebrate record year

PUBLISHED: 14:53 20 August 2018 | UPDATED: 14:53 20 August 2018

Students, Newham's mayor, and NewVic's principal gathered on Thursday's A-level results day to collect results. Picture: John Szymanski

Students, Newham's mayor, and NewVic's principal gathered on Thursday's A-level results day to collect results. Picture: John Szymanski

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Pupils across Newham are celebrating a record year of A-level results.

Mayor Rokhsana Fiaz with principal Eddie Playfair (second from right) and councillor Julianne Marriott. Picture: John SzymanskiMayor Rokhsana Fiaz with principal Eddie Playfair (second from right) and councillor Julianne Marriott. Picture: John Szymanski

More than 1,300 young people sat exams in the borough this summer, with Thursday’s results showing that 80 per cent achieved grades of A*-C - an 11pc improvement on last year.

The bright cohort also improved on their predecessors in the percentage of A*-B grades, with the 60pc figure also representing an 11pc increase.

And just over a third of grades - 34pc - were at the top two levels of A* and A.

This is a 6pc improvement on last year, and also well above the national average of just over 26pc.

Councillor Julianne Marriott, cabinet member for education, chatting to students. Picture: John SzymanskiCouncillor Julianne Marriott, cabinet member for education, chatting to students. Picture: John Szymanski

The overall pass rate for Newham, which takes into account A*-E grades, was 98pc.

Mayor of Newham Rokhsana Fiaz and Cllr Julianne Marriott, cabinet member for education, visited Newham Sixth Form College (NewVIc) on the morning of results day to meet some of the students.

Cllr Marriott said: “Seeing all these talented students do so well is fantastic.

“It just proves that it doesn’t matter where you come from, our education system - whether our students study A-levels, Btec or an apprenticeship - and the support of our fantastic teachers give our residents from of all these different backgrounds, the chance to get ahead and succeed.”

Students celebrating  NewVic's best results for the second year running with a selfie. Picture: John SzymanskiStudents celebrating NewVic's best results for the second year running with a selfie. Picture: John Szymanski

She also praised the Prince Regent Lane college’s principal, Eddie Playfair, who is leaving after a decade in charge.

Cllr Marriott added: “These results are a testament to him and how he has led the college. It’s a great achievement to leave on.”

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