The number of pupils achieving the highest A-level grades increased in Reading this year, according to provisional figures collated by the Council.

Sixty-two percent of students achieved A*–B across the borough compared with 57 per cent last year.

The number of young people achieving A*–C passes was 77 per cent compared with 78 per cent in 2017 and the number passing A*–E was 94 per cent compared with 98 per cent last year.

Cllr Ashley Pearce, Reading’s Lead Councillor for Education, said:

“Students across Reading continue to achieve excellent results in their A level exams, with increases in the top grades achieved across many of our schools, alongside more pupils sitting these tougher exams. Every one of our schools is striving year on year for improvements in exam performance against the backdrop of lower funding from central Government and a difficult recruitment arena.

“Every student’s successful result is the culmination of years of hard work from themselves, their teachers and their parents. Everyone involved is a vital part of the school system and each should be congratulated. Overall results and percentages tend to be looked at on days like this, but it is the importance of these results to each individual student that really counts and the difference they can make to these young people’s lives.”