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District follows national trend as A-levels fall
WYRE Forest schools and colleges saw a fall in their average points score per pupil at A-level, reflecting county and national trends.
An average point score of 635 was recorded in 2012 for Wyre Forest schools, compared to 653.2 in 2011.
Worcestershire saw an average point score of 700.3, lower than the national average of 733.
Both county and national averages have fallen from the previous year, with 2011 showing 710.3 points for Worcestershire and 745.9 nationally.
Baxter College in Kidderminster, The Bewdley School and Sixth Form Centre and Stourport High School and Sixth Form Centre all beat the county average, with 726, 710.8 and 700.8 respectively.
Baxter’s results rank the college at 22nd in Worcestershire while Bewdley reached 24th.
The Bewdley School saw 92 per cent of all sixth-form students gain a place at university, with more than 20 per cent going to a Russell group university which comprises the ‘elite’ 24 such as Oxford and Cambridge.
Stourport High headteacher Liz Quinn said: “The post-16 results continue to improve and recognises our strengths both in A-levels but also in vocational courses, enabling a greater number of students to stay in education and reach at least level three before they progress to work.”
King Charles I School in Kidderminster gained an average of 699.1 points and 85 per cent of students achieved three or more A-levels at A* to E.
Wolverley CofE Secondary School gained a 581.1 average and Holy Trinity School, Kidderminster saw a 588.6 average.
Kidderminster College saw an average point score per student at A-level or equivalent grades of 550.8.