A-level students across the borough had strong results on Tuesday with a rise in top grades mirroring a nationwide trend.
Because of the pandemic, this year’s results are based on each school’s analysis of internal assessments and students’ coursework, not external exams.
Croydon schools and colleges have achieved a provisional A-level pass rate of 99.2%, which is up on the borough’s 2020 results (98.05%). The anticipated national average pass rate is 99.5%.
Croydon’s A*- A grades have increased by 11% to 34.04%, with the national rate reported as 44.8%, a rise of 6% compared to 2020.
The percentage of A*- B grades also increased in Croydon by 12% to 62.39%, compared to a national rise of 4% to 68.9%. The A*- C rate has increased in Croydon by 6% to 84.56%. The national rate is being reported at 88.2%, a 0.7% rise.
In other Level 3 qualifications outside A-levels, for example BTECs, the provisional course pass rate in Croydon is 98%, of which 58% are high Distinction grades.
At Woodcote High School in Coulsdon, there was a 21% increase in A*- A grades this year compared to 2020’s results and a 1% rise in the overall pass rate.
Woodcote High School’s head of sixth form, Laura Bird, said: “The results are really really good and the year that they’ve had has been so difficult for them, so the resilience to get those results is just incredible.”
Peter Bui, 18, from Coulsdon, got three C grades in Maths, Physics and Chemistry, and will go to the University of Kent to do a Film Studies degree. He said: “These two years have been rough because of lockdown; we’ve been at home most of the time learning ourselves so we really didn’t expect to get the grades we wanted. But it’s been hard and we’ve still somehow managed to come out of it with what we wanted.”
Tapiua Magagula, 18, from Thornton Heath, will study Biomedical Science at Keele University after getting the grades she wanted in Applied Science, Law and English Literature.
She said: “I’m quite pleased and proud of myself, I didn’t expect it because of the pandemic and not being in school physically for most of it. So I’m really happy to be going to Keele University.”
“I’m so proud of Croydon sixth-form and college students who are receiving their results this year. Their achievements are even more impressive when you consider how they’ve had to deal with almost 18 months of disruption from the pandemic during their studies.
“I want to say thank you to all the parents, carers and teachers who have supported students throughout the past two years – without your support our young people would not be celebrating their successes. If you didn’t get the results you were hoping for and need advice on your next steps, please contact your school or college who will be able to support you with information about what pathways are open to you and what your options are. The most important thing is that we continue to support Croydon’s young people to choose their future and take advantage of every opportunity that is open to them.”
Councillor Alisa Flemming, cabinet member for children, young people and learning