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AUDIO: Another year of A-level success

AUDIO: Another year of A-level success

Published at 4:20pm 18th August 2016. (Updated at 6:03pm 18th August 2016)

Students across Harrogate, Craven and Wharfedale have picked up their A-level results.

The gap between top-performing girls and boys has narrowed slightly and there's been a fall in the proportion of those getting A* and A grades.

However, figures from admissions service UCAS show that a record number of students have been offered university places this year.

In Harrogate, Rossett School is celebrating a second consecutive year of improved results, with a pass rate of 99.7% and 23% of students being awarded A* or A grades.

Headteacher Helen Woodcock said: "I am so proud of the results our students have achieved this year.

"As well as being another strong year of improved results for the school, it is a great moment for the students as individuals. These grades are the culmination of two years' hard work and commitment, and will enable almost all of our students to go on to their chosen jobs or university courses.

"Today's results also show the level of help and support the students have received from teachers and other staff at Rossett, as well as their families and friends. We are delighted for all of them and can't wait to hear about what they achieve in the next chapter of their adventures."

A-level results - Chloe Thackray and Alex Dallas at Rossett School

Chloe Thackray and Alex Dallas earned five As and two A*s between them at Rossett School

Giggleswick School has also chalked up another record year results, with over 67% of students achieving A* to B grades, 10% getting at least one A* and 32% securing A* or A grades.

Headmaster Mark Turnbull said: "We are absolutely delighted for our students and it is great to see such excellence across so many different subjects.

"Our community encourages young people to throw energy into everything they do and today's results are testimony not only to their hard work but the strong pupil-teacher partnership and our belief in every individual's potential for success."

Amongst those celebrating is Edward Percival, who has secured one of only five places on the Graduate Diploma of the Royal Northern College of Music.

Dan Chivers, from Ilkley, achieved an A* and two A grades and will be going on to study medicine at Birmingham University.

He won Giggleswick School's 'Young Musician of the Year' playing classical guitar and has also represented Yorkshire in rugby.

A-level results - students at Giggleswick School

Students celebrating their results at Giggleswick School

Stray FM's Sam Danson has been speaking to students at Craven College in Skipton:

Advice and support after results

UCAS is offering help to students via its Exam Results Helpline.

Adviser Nick Hynes said: "Every year, there are students who don’t get the grades they need for university, there are those who achieve better grades than expected and those whose career plans have changed since they made their original university choices.

"At such a critical and life-changing time, it's imperative that these students are clear what ALL of their options are, enabling them to make fully informed decisions about their futures."

Over 40 expert careers advisers are available on the dedicated phone number 0808 100 8000.

More information at www.ucas.com