More Coventry A-level students awarded top grades

Despite A-level exams not taking place due to COVID-19, Coventry students still improved on last year’s results, with a 2.6% increase in A* and A grades.

A-Level students hugging as they receive their A-Level exam results

Provisional results show A-level students in Coventry improving on last year’s results, with more students being awarded top grades, despite exams not taking place due to COVID-19.

In Coventry, 97.8% of entrants were graded A*-E, an improvement on last year’s figure of 97.5% for the second consecutive year.

14 of the city’s schools improved their A* grades with the citywide figure rising from 4.2% to 5.8%.

19.4% of entries were graded A*-A, showing a significant rise from 16.8% in 2019.

Entries graded A*-B rose to 44.2%, compared to 41.7% last year.

Students taking vocational qualifications, equivalent to A-levels, achieved a 100% pass rate, another improvement on last year, with 7.7% of students achieving Distinction* grades in these qualifications.

Despite this, nationally about 35% of A-level results have been downgraded by one grade from what teachers had predicted, according to one report.

Exams watchdog Ofqual said that standards across the country have been maintained despite the coronavirus pandemic, with top A* and A grades rising by 2.4% nationally.

The number of students accepted on to University courses has also risen by 2.9% nationally compared with last year.

Taiwo Owatemi, the Labour MP for Coventry North West, took to Twitter to congratulate students and teachers for their “incredibly hard [work] through an unprecedented year in Education.”

The MP also criticised the “lack of clarity around the grading and results system this year”, adding that students should be “graded by merit – not background.”

Public Health England (PHE) West Midlands also tweeted reminding students celebrating their results to keep a safe distance from others, wear a face coverings and wash their hands.

Clearing hotlines for local universities:

Coventry University: 02476 888 888
University of Warwick: 02476 533 544