AVERAGE A-Level grades have improved for a second successive year in Worcestershire.

The Tenbury High School Ormiston Academy does not have a sixth form and so students who go on to continue their studies do so in Worcestershire, Shropshire and Herefordshire.

Initial data provided by 23 schools to the County Council shows that the average grade across three A-Levels was higher than on results day last year.

The county’s school sixth form A-level students averaged 31.9 points (or a high grade C) across their best 3 A levels compared to 31.5 in 2018.

Eleven per cent of students gained top grades (2 As and a B or higher) in at least two facilitating subjects compared to just over 10 per cent in 2018.

Facilitating subjects are those which are commonly needed for entry to leading universities, biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics further mathematics, geography, history, English literature and classical or modern languages.

“These results are a real reflection of the hard work of staff and students from across Worcestershire,” said Marcus Hart, cabinet member with responsibility for education and skills at Worcestershire County Council.

“It’s great to see an improvement on last year’s results, and our progression in this area over the last two years gives us a real platform to build on going forward.

“Receiving these results are a milestone for many young people’s lives, and there are lots of different options when it comes to making that next step in your career, and lots of support available.”

The Tenbury High School Ormiston Academy does not have a sixth form and therefore students that leave after their GCSE results and want to go on to study for ‘A’ levels have to go somewhere else.

Some students it will mean colleges in Worcester of Kidderminster.

But others will go out of the county to study, often at Ludlow College and in some cases in Hereford.