Students point the way forward with top results

Banbury Cake: Hannah Duckworth (A*, A, B) and Sophie Holloran  (A*, A, A) above at Headington School in August. Hannah Duckworth (A*, A, B) and Sophie Holloran (A*, A, A) above at Headington School in August.

TEENAGERS are performing better in their A-Levels with a higher points score for 2013.

The score is calculated by the grades students get – for example a maximum of 300 points is awarded for an A* grade.

For 2012 the average figure across the county’s 50 colleges and sixth forms which took A-Levels, or the International Baccalaureate (IB), was 703.3.

But last year the figure increased to 758.4.

City of Oxford College, previously Oxford and Cherwell Valley College, saw its annual average score increase from 581.5 to 700.

Principal Ian Francis said: “I’m delighted for the college and I would like to congratulate all its students. All the hard work they put in has been rewarded.

“We put in an awful lot of time and effort into how we design our programme and the improvements in teaching and learning have been phenomenal.

“We have excellent teaching and leadership teams and a new head of A-Levels, Josette O’Donnell, who is making a real difference. I expect the improvements to continue.”

Caroline Jordan, headmistress at Headington School, which achieved a score of 984 this year, slightly down from 1,079.8 in 2012, said: “We were delighted with this year’s results which were a reflection of many, many hours of hard work put in by girls, staff and the whole community.

“However, league tables should always be taken with a pinch of salt – there is far more to any school than the final results posted by the girls.”

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8:01am Fri 24 Jan 14

Myron Blatz says...

So, papering-over the massive cracks in real long-term career employment, with paper qualification in some 'ology' or other? All very nice and makes the youngsters and their parents feel as though they are achieving something, but what's the point? Fact is that so-called 'service industries' and 'financial services sector' business don't actually manufacture and sell anything - and nor does the 'education factory' for that matter. It was Thatcher and the Tories which destroyed everything outside an office environment, and closed down Britain's proud manufacturing heritage - and don't be fooled by BMW Mini in Oxford, either - it employs about one quarter of people which BL used to, and the out-sourcing hinterland is also much small . with all profits going to Germany, of course! That, and 'agency workers' often being non-UK citizens, and even non-EU, I'm led to understand.Kids were told under Thatcher, Blair and now Cameron that their future will be assured - but where are all those £25k per annum jobs which my nephews and nieces were promised, after then got their degrees? Still, youngsters going on to college and university keeps official unemployment figures artificially low for three or four years, and means that whichever government is in power won't be facing riots by masses of unemployed young people and their parents! Mind you, the children won't probably be able to become highly-paid MPs without bits of paper - and even local politicians here in Oxford seem to have been or still are, academics! Well, except for that merry band of taxi drivers - who prove ordinary folk can beat the system, and still have an honourable and worthwhile 'day job' for their efforts!
So, papering-over the massive cracks in real long-term career employment, with paper qualification in some 'ology' or other? All very nice and makes the youngsters and their parents feel as though they are achieving something, but what's the point? Fact is that so-called 'service industries' and 'financial services sector' business don't actually manufacture and sell anything - and nor does the 'education factory' for that matter. It was Thatcher and the Tories which destroyed everything outside an office environment, and closed down Britain's proud manufacturing heritage - and don't be fooled by BMW Mini in Oxford, either - it employs about one quarter of people which BL used to, and the out-sourcing hinterland is also much small . with all profits going to Germany, of course! That, and 'agency workers' often being non-UK citizens, and even non-EU, I'm led to understand.Kids were told under Thatcher, Blair and now Cameron that their future will be assured - but where are all those £25k per annum jobs which my nephews and nieces were promised, after then got their degrees? Still, youngsters going on to college and university keeps official unemployment figures artificially low for three or four years, and means that whichever government is in power won't be facing riots by masses of unemployed young people and their parents! Mind you, the children won't probably be able to become highly-paid MPs without bits of paper - and even local politicians here in Oxford seem to have been or still are, academics! Well, except for that merry band of taxi drivers - who prove ordinary folk can beat the system, and still have an honourable and worthwhile 'day job' for their efforts! Myron Blatz
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