Early indications suggest average Level 3 results in the Westmorland and Furness area have fallen slightly compared to the previous year.
The fall does not come as a surprise however, as a drop in results has been widely expected nationwide. This is the first time this cohort of students has experienced national exams after their GCSE exams were replaced with teacher assessed grades following disruption caused by COVID-19.
A-Level and equivalent Level 3 results are currently subject to change and the Local Authority, Westmorland and Furness Council, is unlikely to have a complete picture of the results until the end of September 2023 to compare against the national outcome.
Early indications suggest average Points for three A-Levels this year was 33.23, compared to 36.79 in 2022. However, this year’s results are higher compared to the pre-COVID results of 2019 for all measures collected.
Milorad Vasic, Director of Children’s Services at Westmorland and Furness Council added: “The slight fall in results does not come as a surprise and was expected nationally.
“It’s also not a reflection on our young people, and even with the fall, results are higher than they were before the pandemic in 2019 for all measures collected.
“I want to take this opportunity to congratulate all students on their hard work. I am immensely proud of everyone’s efforts. “Whatever your results it is now time for you to focus on the future and the opportunities which lie ahead.”
Cllr Sue Sanderson, Westmorland and Furness Council’s Cabinet Member for Children's Services, Education and Skills, added: “Today is a day to acknowledge the great work of students, as well as all the excellent work by Head Teachers, Teachers, schools, colleges and parents. It’s also a chance for students to look ahead and focus on the opportunities ahead of them – be that Further Education, Higher Education, employment, or further training.
“All students are to be congratulated for their efforts over recent months and I wish them all the best of luck for the future.”
If any student is unhappy with their A or AS level grade, they will have the opportunity to sit an exam in the autumn, or, in certain circumstances, to appeal the grade through their school or college.
The National Careers Service Exam Results Helpline is available for young people who need help or advice around exam results or next steps. To speak to a career’s adviser, call 0800 100 900 from 8am to 10pm, 7 days a week.
The Inspira website is also a great place to find out more if you’re in need of careers advice or you’re unsure what to do next.