10 August 2021
Jersey's A-Level students have once again outperformed students in England, achieving higher success rates at both the highest grades (A*-A) and of good passes (A*-C). 45.3% of all A levels taken by Jersey students were at A* and A, against 44.3% in England. For A*-C passes, Jersey achieved 89.1% compared to 88.2%.
This year, 498 Jersey pupils were entered for 1361 A-Level examinations.
Students who are studying for qualifications with English examination boards have had their grades determined based on coursework, mock examinations and tests, as well as in-school assessments (for example, portfolios) where relevant.
Teachers have assessed the available evidence, before submitting the grades to headteachers, and to examination boards for checking and validation.
Students who are concerned they have been awarded the wrong grade can appeal. They should speak to their school or college for feedback and advice. Early feedback today from our 6th forms is that most Jersey young people planning to go on to Higher Education have realised their university offers, achieving their first or second place institution.
Percentage of results by grade
Pupils who took the International Baccalaureate (IB) this year have achieved a 100 per cent pass rate with an average point score of 35.17. This compares to a worldwide pass rate of 88.96 per cent and average point score of 33.02.
Highlands 6th form students have also attained excellent results today with more than 90% achieving their advanced level vocational/technical qualification; the vast majority with high grades. Many are progressing to university studies or entering employment in local industries. This continues a trend of outstanding results and reflects the students' hard work and dedication to their studies.
Minister for Children and Education, Deputy Scott Wickenden, said: "I'd like to congratulate all our 6th form students for their hard work and determination. They have faced a range of challenges throughout their studies, in particular the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on their learning, schools and families, and these results are a testament to their resilience.
"I'd urge any students who want to discuss their next steps – whether that be further study, going on to apprenticeship, or starting their career – to speak to someone. They can get support from their school or college, or from Skills Jersey's Careers Guidance Team, both today, and in the coming weeks."
"I'd also like to take this opportunity to thank the Island's teachers. They have not only supported students on a day-to-day basis over the last 18 months; they have also adapted to a new way of assessing and worked hard to ensure that students are graded fully and fairly on their achievements."
Jeremy Field, Education Liaison & Skills Coach Manager at Skills Jersey, said: "Students who are getting their results back today may want to know more about their options, or their next steps, especially if they didn't get the grades they were expecting.
"Schools and colleges are able to offer advice and support, and Skills Jersey is also there to talk through the next steps, whether that's on or off-Island study, looking for employment, or taking a gap year.
"The Skills Jersey office is open from Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5pm. Students can visit the office at Bermuda House, call (01534) 449440, or email firstname.lastname@example.org."
Skills Jersey Careers Guidance Team advise any students receiving their results today to:
- Be proud – Students should be proud of their achievements, whether they receive the grades they were hoping for or not. There will be something out there that is right for everyone – so those receiving results should keep calm, look at all their options, and get as much advice as possible
- Stay calm – There is still time for those receiving their results to look at options, and to make a decision
- Speak up and seek advice – Students will be able to speak to careers teachers and careers advisers on results day, to talk through their results and their next steps
- Keep results at hand – Students should keep their results with them on results day, as they will need to have these to hand when speaking to advisers about their options
- Get information before making any decisions – the Careers Guidance Team can offer advice and support in the coming weeks
Results day information
Every school or college has graded students based on evidence from mock examinations, tests and work and coursework. Art and Design grades will be based on the individual student's portfolio. Grades have been determined by teachers and signed off by the relevant head of department and headteacher.
These grades have been submitted directly to the relevant exam board. Each exam board has carried out quality assurance checks (including requesting samples) to ensure that schools and colleges have awarded grades in line with guidance.