Medway students celebrate exam success

August 24, 2011 by  

Many students across the Medway region have been celebrating success after the announcement that A Level passes were up again year-on-year.

A Level results were announced on Friday 19th August and the overall pass rate was up 0.2% on the 2010 results, taking the overall pass rate for England, Northern Ireland and Wales to 97.8%. Around 1,500 students from the Medway region received their results and eagerly began the process of either preparing for university if the desired grades had been achieved, or going through the process of finding a place if their grades were not what they had expected.

The University and Colleges Admissions service, known as UCAS, is responsible for helping students to get onto courses at universities. The students who did not meet the entry requirements for their chosen university will now need to go through a process known as Clearing, which allocates places to students who did not achieve the grades needed to attend their first or second choice university. UCAS produce a leaflet to explain the Clearing process to students and this is sent out to all students in May along with posters that explain how Clearing works that are sent to schools and colleges. UCAS offer a range of channels of communication for students, including online channels as well as using traditional methods like flyer and poster printing.

Strood, Gillingham and the wider Medway region’s students seemed in good spirits on results day, whether achieving the grades they wanted or following the Clearing process. Julia Bell, the head teacher at Fort Pitt, one of the region’s schools, told the Medway Messenger:

“I’m over the moon, ecstatic with the success of my pupils – they’ve all worked really hard and I’m confident of the contribution they’ll make to society.”

More information on the Clearing process can be found by contacting UCAS via their website.