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A level students celebrate success

18 August 2022

Students in Jersey have achieved high grades in their A levels this year, once again achieving a higher pass rate than students in England. 502 Jersey pupils were entered for 1407 A-Level examinations. 

The overall pass rate for Jersey’s A level results was 98.9%, compared to England’s pass rate of 98.4%. 37.8% of all A levels taken by Jersey students were at A* and A, against 35.9% in England. For A*-C passes, Jersey achieved 87.5% compared to 82.1%.

This academic year, students returned to sitting exams for the first time since 2019. For the past two years, summer exams did not take place and Teacher Assessed Grades (TAG) were awarded to students based on a range of evidence.  

The UK’s Department for Education, and examinations regulator, Ofqual, ran a consultation in 2021 about what adaptations should be made to exams in 2022 because of the disruption caused to learning by COVID-19. Adaptations included topics being released in advance of exams to support student’s revision, and alterations to exams and assessment grading. 

Ofqual also announced that next year’s exams are likely to return to pre-pandemic normal practice, and 2022 would act as a transition year with changes made to exams to ensure students are not disadvantaged. Ofqual have also confirmed that that results this year were likely to be higher than 2019 but not as high as 2020.

Students concerned that they have been awarded the wrong grade can appeal and should speak to their school or college for feedback and advice.  

Percentage of results by grade

Jersey 202215.222.629.620.
England 202214.521.426.319.911.351.6

Highlands sixth form students also attained excellent results today with 96% achieving their professional and technical qualifications at the same level as A levels. A high proportion have already secured progression directly into employment, university, or continuing programmes at Highlands College.

Students who took the International Baccalaureate (IB) at Hautlieu school this year have achieved an 100% pass rate. This compares to a worldwide pass rate of 85.6%. 

Minister for Children and Education, Deputy Inna Gardiner, said: “I would like to congratulate all our sixth form students for achieving brilliant grades yet again.

“It is clear how hugely committed our Island’s students are to their education, and for many students it will have been the first time they have ever sat official exams.

“Education faced another challenging year as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, and it was fair and necessary that adaptations were made to this year’s exam process to ensure that students were not disadvantaged. 

“The excellent results are testament to students’ hard work. I now urge students who want to discuss their next steps to speak to their school, college, or the Skills Jersey Careers Guidance team, both today and over the coming weeks.

“I would also like to take this opportunity to thank teachers and parents, who have continued to support young people through another difficult and disruptive academic year. Their commitment is extremely appreciated and reflected in the results that have been received today.”

Skills Jersey

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.

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