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Fewer Dorset pupils getting top A-level grades

Fewer Dorset pupils getting top A-level grades

Published by Maria Greenwood at 7:35am 28th October 2019.

Dorset's top A-level grades slipped last year, but boys got better grades overall.

Fewer pupils got top grades in the last round of exams than the year before.

New data shows 8% of pupils (around 150) who sat their A-Levels in Dorset this year received three A*-A grades, a 1% drop from 2017-18

Meanwhile the average point score, which represents the average result across all student's qualifications across all schools in the county went up to 31.8.

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  • Overall, girls got a higher average score of 32.4, compared with boys who got an average of 30.9.
  • Where as 9.6% of boys achieved three A*-A grades, compared with only 6.8% of girls.

Julie McCulloch, director of policy at the Association of School and College Leaders, said:

“This year’s statistics show a small increase in the average points score and a small decrease in the percentage of students awarded A*-A.

“This may be linked to changes in the number of students taking A-level subjects which mean that the overall prior attainment of the cohort is a little different from the previous year.

“It may also be linked to the choice of A-level subjects with an increase in the number of entries to sciences which evidence suggests are graded more severely than other subjects."

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Julian Gravatt, Association of College’s deputy chief executive, also said that, while the average point score achieved by students has increased, the number of 18 year olds taking A-levels fell by 5.7% because “more of the population are choosing alternative routes”.

“It is good that achievement is rising and that Ofqual has maintained standards at the higher grades but the subject choices available to students have reduced because of annual real term funding cuts."