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Students make the grade

The class of 2014 can now enjoy what’s left of the summer after 4,500 local students collected their GCSE and A-level results over the last fortnight.

And while the numbers were still being crunched at the time of Waltham Forest going to print, provisional figures show that 99 per cent of A-level students achieved a pass, while nationally this dropped slightly to 98 per cent.

Early indications show that the borough’s GCSE results will be in line with 2013’s figures, despite a number of reforms being brought in this year which changed exam processes for students and teaching staff. Now, speaking and listening no longer forms part of the English GCSE and students only have one chance to sit each exam, as ‘multiple entry’ – which gave students several chances to achieve their best grade in an exam - is no longer permitted.

Cllr Mark Rusling, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said: “Our students and teaching staff have done a sterling job to improve education in Waltham Forest over the past few years and that shows in the ambitions of our students as more and more set off for sixth form and university.”

But it wasn’t just teenagers who had a reason to celebrate, as the Waltham Forest Adult Learning Service pulled in fantastic results. 91 per cent of their 34 adult students who sat Maths achieved an A* to C, while 84 per cent achieved those grades in English.

Final GCSE and A-level results will be released by the Department for Education in January 2015.

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