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Today's A level results are taking forward the education revolution ...
Today's A level results are taking forward the education revolution

and opening up opportunity to more pupils than ever before, minister

of state for school standards David Miliband said today.

Mr Miliband congratulated students on their success and thanked

teachers and support staff for their hard work in helping their

pupils fulfil their potential. Don't let anyone tell you that

standards have fallen because more of you have done well, he said.

Welcoming the results Mr Miliband said:

'These results today show there is an education revolution underway

in our country that is opening up opportunities for more young people

than ever.

'These results are built on the hard work of students, schools and

colleges. I congratulate the students and thank our teachers for

their commitment.

'My message to them is simple. Don't let anyone tell you that

standards have dropped because more of you have done well, this is

simply a myth. Your hard work has merited success.

'At a time when Ofsted says the standard of teaching has never been

higher, we should expect to have rising levels of achievement in our

schools and colleges. We are getting better as a country at getting

the best out of our young people. We should applaud them and applaud

their schools and colleges.'

This year's results show:

* For those completing their A levels, the overall pass rate rose to

96% from 95.4% last year

* A grades at A level increased by 0.8 percentage points to 22.4%

* The overall AS pass rate has increased by 0.2 percentage points to


* Excluding General Studies, English and Mathematics attracted the

highest number of entries at A level and are 2 of the 3 most popular

subjects at AS.

This Press Notice applies to England.

Students wanting expert, independent advice can call the free

results helpline on 0808 100 8000 (open across the UK from 8am on 19

August until 28 August 2004).


Jane Davidson, Minister for Education and Lifelong Learning, today congratulated students and teachers across Wales as another set of excellent A level results were announced.

The results published today show that for students in Wales:

-the overall pass rate rose to 96.5%, up 0.1% on 2003;

-grade A awards rose by 0.5% and now account for 23.5% of the total.

Ms Davidson said: ' This is an absolutely tremendous set of results. I am delighted that once again students in Wales have made 2004 another successful A level year. These results are a tribute to the hardwork and application of our young people coupled with the dedication and professionalism of our teachers. Everyone must be congratulated on their tremendous achievements.

' Estyn has said that the standard of teaching in Wales has never been higher and this has translated into better pupil performance. The young people who have done well have worked harder to do better than ever before. It is to their credit. I absolutely reject any notion that examinations are getting easier and Iam confident about the arrangements the regulatory authorities have in place to ensure similar standards year on year. To all those who cast a slur on the achievements of our pupils I say stop carping or show me the evidence!

' Today is a day for celebration and congratulation. I am very pleased that Wales is continuing to build on its previous success. The Assembly will continue to support the excellent work of all involved so that we can look forward to further successes in the years to come'.


The results shown in this release are those issued by the Joint Council for Qualification (JCQ) for all pupils in Wales, they therefore, represent the overall results for Wales.

A Level Examinations

2004 Results

JCQ (Welsh Centres)JCQ National (1)

Number entered35,206766,247

Percentage gaining A - E passes96.596.0

Percentage gaining a grade A pass23.522.4

Comparison with 2003

JCQ (Welsh Centres)JCQ National (1)

Number entered+1.4+2.1

Percentage gaining A - E passes+0.1+0.6

Percentage gaining a grade A pass+0.5+0.8

(1)(Wales, England and Northern Ireland)

AS (GCE) Examinations

2004 Results

JCQ (Welsh Centres)JCQ National (1)

Number entered42,6441,039,379

Percentage gaining A - E passes87.586.9

Percentage gaining a grade A pass17.917.5

Comparison with 2003

JCQ (Welsh Centres)JCQ National (1)

Number entered+3.5+0.8

Percentage gaining A - E passes-0.2+0.2

Percentage gaining a grade A pass-0.4+0.1

(1)(England, Wales and Northern Ireland)

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