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Re-read: A-level results day - updates and pictures as Merseyside pupils found out their fate

After months of hard work, A-level results were released across the country today - find out how our teenagers got on

St John Bosco Arts College students celebrate their great A Level results

Join Amy Browne from 10am as teenagers across Merseyside receive their A-level results.

We will have photos and reaction throughout the day, and will be taking a look at the wider picture as results come in across the country.

We will also have expert advice for those who haven't got the results they expected.

Share your success, by sending pictures to us via our Facebook and Twitter pages.

10:01 am
Amy Browne

Good morning and welcome to our A-level results live blog.

Today, teenagers across the country will find out if all their hard work has paid off.

We will let you know how pupils across Merseyside have got on, with pictures, reaction and advice from experts on what to do next - whether you've got the results you were expecting or not.

Get involved by sharing your pictures, Instagrams and Vines with us on our Facebook page here, or Tweet them to us @LivEchonews

10:09 am
Amy Browne

STORY SO FAR: The picture emerging across the UK this morning is that there's been a slight fall in pass rates at A* and A (from 26.3% to 26%) and A* to E (from 98.1% to 98%).

However, the UK has seen a big jump in passes at A* (from 7.6% to 8.2%) but this could be seen as a return to levels seen in 2010 and 2011.

In England there has been a slight fall in pass rates at A* and A (from 26.3% to 26%) and A* to E (from 98.1% to 98%) but a big jump in passes at A* (from 7.7% to 8.3%).

In Wales there has been an increase in pass rate at A* and A (up from 22.9% to 23.3%) but this could be seen as a slight return to levels seen in 2012 (23.6%) after a poor 2013.

Wales has seen a slight fall for pass rates at A* to E (from 97.6% to 97.5%) but a big jump in passes at A* (from 6% to 6.7%). This is the highest pass rate at this grade since it was introduced.

10:11 am
Amy Browne

GRAPH: Here's a handy graph to highlight those figures for you:

 

10:15 am
Amy Browne

WIRRAL: It's been another record-breaking year at  Birkenhead Sixth Form College. The college achieved an overall pass rate of 99%, with a 100% pass rate achieved across 33 courses.

More than 300 students have been successful in gaining higher education places. Success stories included: 

  • Chloe Spree – 5 As in Mathematics, Economics, Law, Sociology, General Studies

  • Harrison Allen – 4As in Mathematics, Physics, Computing, Psychology

  • Max Palmer – 4 As in Mathematics, Graphics, ICT, Film Studies

  • Kirsty McLaren – 4 As in English Language, Sociology, Geography and General Studies – B in Drama and Theatre Studies

Principal Kathryn Podmore said: “The staff and I are absolutely thrilled with the excellent results secured by our students. The radical changes made to the structure of A Levels and AS exams this year meant that many people predicted poor results across the board in 2014.  

"We are delighted that results at The Sixth Form College have improved for the eighth consecutive year – an outstanding achievement for the college."

10:24 am
Amy Browne

WIRRAL: Here's some lovely pics coming in from Saint John Plessington Catholic College, in Bebington, Wirral, which recorded an overall pass rate of 99%, with 57% of pupils achieving A*-B grade - a 7% increase on last year.

Pupils celebrating their A-level results at Saint John Plessington Catholic College, in Bebington, Wirral

Amongst those celebrating were Faye Doughty A*AA who will study Dentistry at Manchester University; Hannah Dickson Distinction*A*A  and Faye Wingfield Distinction*AB who will both study at Sheffield; James Cameron Distinction*BB who will study Architecture at Loughbrough University; Vickie Cunningham ABB who will study Sociology at Bristol University and Adam Statham ABB who will study History at Liverpool University.

Two of the girls pupils who enjoyed A-level success at Saint John Plessington Catholic College

Executive Head Teacher, Mr Tom Quinn, said: "It’s been another great year for A Level results at SJP- congratulations to all  students on their achievements; to the teachers who inspire them and parents who support them. I wish the students every success in  their well chosen paths.”

Another successful year
 

10:26 am
Amy Browne

STARTING EARLY: The Echo's Education Reporter Lorna Hughes busy chatting to pupils who have received their results.

10:32 am
Amy Browne

LIVERPOOL: Well done to St John Bosco Arts College student Elle Shea, who today learned she will be the Croxteth school's first pupil to go on to study at Oxbridge. 

She achieved an A* in English, an A in Spanish and a B in History, securing her place to study modern languages at Cambridge.

Elle, 18, from Walton, said: "It's an amazing opportunity. I want to get the best education I can."

Elle Shea with proud parents Irene Roberts and Nicholas Shea

Elle Shea achieved is off to Cambridge University to study modern languages

10:40 am
Amy Browne

KNOWSLEY: There has been a 3% increase in the number of A-level passes in Knowsley, bringing the provisional pass rate to 99.5%.

The provisional number of A-level passes at grades A*-C in Knowsley was 60.1%.

10:42 am
Amy Browne

WIRRAL: Congratulations to the pupils at Wirral Grammar Girls!

 

10:46 am
Amy Browne

GRAPH: Have a play around with this cool graph - it allows you to see how students in England did in different subjects, this year and last.

10:49 am
Amy Browne

WIRRAL: Remember this girl's name - we're predicting big things!

Hannah Yiu, who attends Wirral Grammar School for Girls, got an amazing six A*s in her A levels, in Biology, Chemistry, Maths, Further Maths, Physics and Chinese.

Hannah Yiu got six A*s!

10:53 am
Amy Browne

WIRRAL: Birkenhead Sixth Form College said A-level results increased for the eighth consecutive year, giving it a 99% pass rate.

11:00 am
Amy Browne

ADVICE: If you didn't get the results you needed to get into the university you had your heart set on, clearing could be an option for you.

UCAS have put together this step-by-step video on how the process works.

http://youtu.be/5osnDkfvp5c  

11:07 am
Amy Browne

CLEARING: If you're thinking about trying to get a place at Liverpool Hope University, the clearing line is: 0151 291 3899.

It's open on Thurs 14th and Fri 15th Aug from 8am-6pm. Sat 16th Aug from 10.30am-2.30pm. Mon 18th Aug onwards from 9am-5pm.

11:16 am
Amy Browne

WIRRAL: Here's some pictures coming in from Oldershaw Academy, in Wallasey, where pupils have been collecting their results this morning.

Students from Oldershaw Academy in Valkyrie road in Wallasey picking up their A - Level results

These pupils were happy with their results

Nervous faces as pupils read their results

11:29 am
Amy Browne

ADVICE: If your results (Scottish qualifications, A levels, GCSEs and equivalents) are higher or lower than expected, and you want to explore all the options that are available to you, you can ring UCAS's exam results helpline for free independent advice.

Call them on 0808 100 8000.

11:34 am
Amy Browne

WIRRAL: A special congratulations now to A-level student Joe Thomas, 19, from Wallasey, who has secured a place at university after battling a brain tumour.

Joe was diagnosed with the benign tumour after suffering crippling headaches at the end of his first year in the sixth form at Oldershaw Academy in Wallasey.

He later had a four-hour operation at Walton Neurological Centre to remove the tumour.

Joe Thomas who overcome a brain tumour 18 months ago

The determined teenager returned to school to study for A Levels in business, psychology and I.T and gained an A* and two Cs, as well as a C in an extended project qualification.

He will take up a place at Bournemouth University to study psychology.

Joe said: "It hasn't sunk in yet about my results. I tried not to dwell on what was happening and just tried to block it all out. I was gutted when I had to leave school but I just got on with it."

11:40 am
Amy Browne

DON'T WORRY: If your A-level results are quite what you expected, this Tweet may provide some inspiration - remember, there are other options.

11:44 am
Amy Browne

LIVERPOOL: Staff and pupils at Aigburth school St Margaret's are celebrating their success. Principal Stephen Brierley said: “Early analysis suggests our A-level pass rate is 98%, which is the best for several years.

“Our AS-level results are very encouraging too, with many, many students meeting or even exceeding their target grades.”

Director of Sixth Form, Geoff Laird added. “I’m thrilled that so many St Margaret’s Sixth Formers have achieved so highly. Such fantastic results don’t come about by accident: they are tribute to the hard work of the students, the high quality of teaching here, and the outstanding pastoral care we are able to offer at our Academy.”

11:55 am
Amy Browne

WIRRAL: Weatherhead High School in Wallasey achieved an excellent 100% pass rate for all students (A*- E). More than 72% achieved grades of A*-C, of which 40% achieved top scoring A*-B grades.

A-level pupils at Weatherhead High School in Wallasey

Head teacher, Mr Neil Dyment, said: "It is a very rewarding day to see so many of our young people achieve their ambition after so much commitment and hard work. Congratulations to all our students."

A-level pupils at Weatherhead High School in Wallasey

Over 120 students secured places at the university of their choice. Here are some of the school's top points scorers:

Hannah Perry: A* A* A – History/Sociology/English Literature (EPQ - A) – going to Newcastle University to read English Literature.

Katie Usher: A* A* B – Fine Art/Textiles/English Literature (EPQ – B) – going to Liverpool  Community College to study Art Foundation.

Natasha Jones: A* A B – Maths/Further Maths/Physics – going to King’s College, University  of London to read Mathematics.

Olivia McLaughlin: A* A B – Sociology/Psychology/English Literature – going to Edge Hill  University to read Psychology.

Emily Sharp: A* A C – History/Psychology/English Literature – going to Sheffield University  to read History and Politics.

Emily Xu: A A A – Chemistry/Maths/Further Maths (EPQ – A*) –going to Edinburgh  University to read Chemistry.

Erin Courtney: A A B C – Maths/Spanish/Physics/Further Maths (EPQ – A*) – going to  Durham University to read Modern Foreign Languages.

Catherine Bunting: A A B – Geography/Applied ICT/English Language – going to  Manchester University to read Geography.

Charlotte Burgess: A A B – Applied Business/Psychology/Biology (EPQ – B) – going to Liverpool University to read Psychology.

Anna Capon: A A B – Geography/Psychology/History – going to Aberdeen University to read History.

Esther Richardson: A A C – History/Sociology/English Literature (EPQ – B) – going to  Goldsmiths, University of London to read History. 

Rebecca Edwards: A A B – Biology/Chemistry/Maths (EPQ – A) – going to Liverpool University to read Chemistry.

12:03 pm
Amy Browne

GRAPH: Have a play around with this to see how girls and boys did in different subjects:

 

12:08 pm
Amy Browne

LIVERPOOL: Big well done to Archbishop Beck in Walton, who have achieved a 100% pass rate at A Level and for all vocational courses, for the fourth time in five years. Of this, 80% were grades A*-C.

Head of sixth firm Peter Lynch said: "The record breaking results are the perfect send off from our existing site as we look forward to building upon current success in our brand new building from September.

"The students will certainly miss the old sixth form building but are moving to some of the best facilities in the city that will allow them to take advantage of state of the art classrooms, the best technology and outstanding resources.

"We wish our students the very best for the future as the majority take up their university places across the country."

12:27 pm
Amy Browne

ADVICE: Not received the result you were expecting, and want to challenge it? This is the advice from UCAS:

UCAS says there are three important steps to take:

1. Get the exam re-mark underway via your school as soon as possible.

2. Let your university or college choices know this is happening. That way they are more likely to keep the place open to you while you wait for the re-mark.

3. Once you've got your re-mark, send it directly to your university, or college choices by August 31.

12:31 pm
Amy Browne

LIVERPOOL: We're still waiting to find out the overall pictures across Liverpool, Wirral and Sefton and will bring you it as soon as we have it.

Liverpool Councillor Jake Corbett, cabinet member for education, has issued a statement. She said: "Congratulations to all of our students whose work, passion and commitment to their studies has paid off following two years of really hard graft.

"Anyone who has done A-levels knows how incredibly testing they are, and it is no mean feat to get good grades. It is also a tribute to the support they have received from brilliant teachers and supportive parents and carers.

“It is more important than ever to get decent grades in order to secure a decent job or place at university, and we are working hard with our schools to make sure that every single young person gets the help, guidance and support they need to achieve their full potential."

12:43 pm
Amy Browne

ADVICE: If you're contacting Liverpool John Moores Uni today about clearing, they have issued the following advice:

12:53 pm
Amy Browne

LIVERPOOL: It was a double helping of success for the Hartles family. Twins Katy and Sophie Hartles, who attended Archbishop Beck school in Walton, achieved two A*s and five As between them.

Friend Roshni Vincent was also celebrating after gaining four A*s and an A in AS level Further Maths.

Twins Katy and Sophie Hartles and friend Roshni Vincent show off their brilliant A-level results

12:57 pm
Amy Browne

WIRRAL: Students at Birkenhead School have set a new school record, with a 56% of all A Level results at A and A* grades.

Two star performers secured places at Oxford and Cambridge: Kevin Wong from Irby and Thomas Gibbs from Heswall. Kevin gained four A*s and has a place at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge to read Natural Sciences. On top of studying for his exams Kevin was selected for a Nuffield Bursary Award from Unilever. 

Tom achieved two A*s, an A and a B and has a place at Pembroke College, Oxford to read Chemistry. Alongside his studies this year Tom was Head of School, took a lead role in the school’s production of Les Misérables, involving him in 20 weeks of intensive rehearsals and five performances. He also played rugby for the school’s 1st XV.

Students at Birkenhead School celebrate getting their A-level results

Retiring Headmaster John Clark said: “It is a particular pleasure for me and my colleagues to see so many students getting the high grades needed to secure places at the top universities.

"It is a stressful time even for the brightest, most hard-working students and the sense of relief today was palpable (not least amongst their parents!).

"Congratulations to them and to their teachers who invariably go the extra mile in supporting them through these demanding years.”

1:07 pm
Amy Browne

LIVERPOOL: Lizzy Foulkes and Faye Cullinane were jumping for joy at Archbishop Blanch in Liverpool. The friends both received three A*s in physics, biology and chemistry.

Lizzy is heading to Sheffield University to study medicine and Faye if off to Leeds to study medicinal chemistry.

Lizzy Foulkes and Faye Cullinane celebrate their success

Headteacher Jane Griffiths, who is leaving the school at the end of August, siad the school is celebrating some of its best ever results.

Best friends Lizzy Foulkes (left) and Faye Cullinane, celebrating their A-level success with Archbishop Blanch Headteacher Jane Griffiths

1:16 pm
Amy Browne

TAKE NOTE: You might want to prepare yourself for this, if you're going to uni further afield. Be warned - your first month will probably just be filled with people doing bad impressions of you...

1:23 pm
Amy Browne

PARTY TIME: Hopefully you've got cause for celebration, but if not we're guessing you're heading out tonight anyway.

Click here for a round up of the A-level results parties happening in Liverpool tonight.

Enjoy and stay safe.

1:31 pm
Amy Browne

Q&A: At 2:15pm the Echo's Education Reporter Lorna Hughes will be taking over the live blog.

If you have any questions you want to ask her about today's A-level results, or where to get advice if you haven't done as well as expected, email them to lorna.hughes@trinitymirror.com

1:36 pm
Amy Browne

READ: Here's our first piece on today's A-level results.

Merseyside headteachers today said students had defied predictions of A-Level, gloom to achieve some of their best ever results.

St John Bosco Arts College students celebrate their great A Level reults. Elle Shea achieved an A* in english, an A in spanish and a B in history and will be heading to Cambridge University to study modern languages.

Read the full story here.

1:42 pm
Amy Browne

SOUTHPORT: KGV Sixth Form College in Southport has Tweeted its praise for students.

1:54 pm
Amy Browne

CROSBY: St Mary's College in Crosby was another school to achieve a brilliant 100% pass rate - up from 98% last year.

More than a third of all passes (36%) were at A* or A grade; a big rise on 27% in 2013.

Pupils Jack Gordon, Christina Houghton, Bethan James, Katie Malone and Grace Navin are going on to study medicine, and Lucy Marray will study dentistry.

Pupils at St Mary's College, Crosby received their A-level results

St. Mary’s Principal, Mike Kennedy, said: “The 100% achievement is particularly encouraging and shows we’re bucking the trend in a year which has seen a decline in the national pass rate figures for the first time in more than three decades.

“Overall these are very good results which reflect the hard work and commitment of our students and staff over the years, and also the support they have received from their parents during their time at the school."

Rob Wallbank and Grace Navin take an A-level results selfie at St Mary's College in Crosby

2:02 pm
Amy Browne

WEST LANCS: Congratulations to Katie Brown, from Skelmersdale, who gained three As at St John Rigby School. Katie is going on to study Pharmacology at Liverpool John Moores University.

Katie Brown with St John Rigby Principal Peter McGhee

2:14 pm
Amy Browne

WIRRAL: Students Alex Segar and Matthew Thompson will take up places at Oxford and Cambridge, after passing their A-levels.

They were amongst the pupils at The Mosslands School in Wallasey, who achieved strong results, in subjects including Further Maths.

Students at Mosslands School achieved strong A-level results

Headteacher Adrian Whiteley said: "The Mosslands School is a non-selective boy’s school and we are absolutely delighted by the academic achievements of our students.

"Our maths Department has excelled itself and we are delighted that all of our students studying Further Maths secured prestigious A*, A  and B grades."

2:29 pm
Lorna Hughes

Hi, I'm Lorna, here with some more A-level updates from around Merseyside.

We're still waiting for provisional results from Wirral and Sefton but I can tell you that the A* - E pass rate for St Helens this summer is 97.9% - that's in line with the national average of 98%.

2:32 pm
Lorna Hughes

MAD FOR MATHS: Those successful maths students at Mosslands are following the national trend, with figures showing the subject is now the most popular A-level among students.

The latest exam results reveal that 88,816 candidates took the subject this year, moving it up in to first place in popularity.

English has slipped down to second place amid a 4.6% fall in entries, a decline that is likely to be down to the GCSE English grade controversy two years ago.

In 2012, it was claimed that thousands of students had received lower than expected results in GCSE English after grade boundaries were raised between the January and June exam sessions.

2:38 pm
Lorna Hughes

Everton's Notre Dame Catholic College hasn't revealed its results - but this hashtag probably sums up what most of us are thinking today...

 

2:40 pm
Lorna Hughes

Some more A-level stats for you, unfortunately they're not yet broken down by area but this is how the national picture is looking:

 

- Around 280,000 candidates in England, Wales and Northern Ireland took A-levels this year, including 260,369 18-year-olds.

- There were 838,798 entries for the exams.

- The overall A*-E pass rate was 98 percent, down 0.1 percentage point on last year. This is the first time it has fallen since 1982.

- 8.2pc of exams were awarded an A*- up 0.6 percentage points on 2013.

- 26pc of entries scored at least an A grade - down 0.3 percentage points on last year.

- Boys outperformed girls at A* grade for the third year running, with 8.5pc of boys' entries attaining the top mark, compared with 7.9pc of the girls.

- The most popular subject this year was maths, taken by 88,816 students, followed by English with 85,336 entries.

- Critical thinking saw the largest fall, with entries down 46.6pc this year, followed by general studies, which has dropped by 24.3pc.

2:46 pm
Lorna Hughes

I'm still trying to find out figures for our universities here on Merseyside but across the country record numbers of students are heading to university this year, with almost 400,000 accepted on to degree courses already.

As of midnight, 396,990 undergraduates had places confirmed at UK universities, up 3% on last year, according to Ucas figures, and 352,590 have won a place on their first choice of course, up 2% on 2013.

For the first time this year, the total number of people going to university could top half a million, Ucas said.

2:53 pm
Lorna Hughes

Students at Bebington High Sports College celebrate their A-level results

Bebington High Sports College said it was a successful year for sixthformers, with the majority having places at university.

Success stories included Kat Warrington with 3A*, 1A & 1B, Lauren Brett achieving 3A*s, James Farrell (2A*, 1A & 2Cs) Amy Thomas (2A*, 1A & 1B), Danielle Taylor with 3 As, Emily Davies (1A*, 2A & 1D), Amy Benson (1A*, 2As & D) and Josh Poole (1A* & 2As).

Jack Lamey achieved two As and one B and will take up a place at the University of Liverpool to study history.

2:54 pm
Lorna Hughes

A-level pass rates at Wirral’s maintained schools, academies and sixth form colleges show the borough’s pupils achieved better than the national average this year.

With just one local school still to report, the overall pass rate in 2014 in Wirral stands at 98.7%, which puts the borough above the national figure of 98%

The number of top grades (A*-B) reported in Wirral this year was 48.9%, which closely mirrors the national picture that shows a slight decrease in top grades. Last year’s Wirral figure was 49.4%

Cllr Tony Smith, Wirral’s Cabinet Member for Children’s Services and Lifelong Learning, said: "The overall picture looks very promising once again, particularly with the number of pupils achieving the pass rate putting us above the national average.

"This reflects the hard work pupils and staff put into achieving success in these most demanding of examinations. The students who are getting their results today can be proud of their achievements."

Julia Hassall, Wirral Council’s Director of Children’s Services, added: "A-levels are a real test and that makes results day a nerve wracking occasion for young people.

"Getting the grades they need to progress is a huge achievement. I would like to congratulate all of our students, and wish them the very best for the future."

 

3:02 pm
Lorna Hughes

THORNTON: Holy Family Catholic High School in Thornton said it had achieved its best ever set of A Level results.

Students Caitlin McLoughlin and Louise Coyne have both been accepted to study at Oxford.

 

3:09 pm
Lorna Hughes

WEST DERBY:  Holly Lodge Girls' College had a 100% pass rate with many students gaining A and  A*, distinction and distinction* grades. 

Success stories include:

Jodie Winder: Mathematics A*, Chemistry A, Biology AJowhara Matana:  Biology A, Chemistry A and Mathematics A

Chantelle Day:  Applied Science distinction*, Art and Design distinction*, Health and Social Care 2 distinction*

56% of Maths A2 students achieved A and A* grades and of the 16 students taking Applied Science,11 achieved a distinction*, 3 achieved distinction and 2 achieved merit 

3:12 pm
Lorna Hughes

NESTON: More good news from Neston High School, which had a 100% pass rate at A level and an increase in the total points and points for entry on previous years’ results.

Students Beth Glendinning, Amy Bettam, Katie Sherlock, Rosie Hollinshead and Laura McGrath said they were “over the moon” with their results.

Student Emily Williams, who gained 3 As, said: “I’m really pleased with my results - thank you to all my teachers for their support.”

Headteacher Steve Dool said: “A significant number of students have achieved a total results score in excess of 1,000 points; almost 200 grades achieved the gold standard of grades A* to B.

“This has been a very good year for our students and reflects the hard work put in by students and their teachers, not forgetting the unwavering support of their parents.

“We are proud of the well above national average number of our students who follow the more academic ‘facilitating A-levels’ as recommended by the prestigious Russell Group of Universities.

“We are equally proud of the 35 students who achieved a distinction* in their vocational courses - the highest grade possible. They all deserve our warmest congratulations.”

3:20 pm
Lorna Hughes

Liverpool College said students achieved 76% A*-B grades, up from last year's 69%. 94.4% of grades were at A*-C. 

Just under 30% of pupils achieved at least three As, and half achieved at least AAB.

Success stories included Ruairi Conway (A*A*A Medicine at Brighton-Sussex), James Povey (A*A*A Engineering, St Peter's, Oxford), Luke Tully (A*A*A, Maths and Economics at Warwick) and Alex Wu (A*A*AA Engineering at Imperial).

The College said more than 65% of leavers were going on to study at a Russell Group university - the group of elite higher education institutions which includes the University of Liverpool.

Principal Hans van Mourik Broekman said: "These are the second best A Level results in the history of our school, achieved by inspired teachers and dedicated pupils.

"It is also our first set of results as an academy, a sign that our high academic standards are being maintained and even raised."

3:32 pm
Amy Browne

Hi, it's Amy again now. I'll be with you for a bit longer while we get the rest of the results and reaction from across Merseyside on A-level results day.

We're currently working on an article for people who are moving to Liverpool to study, now they've got the A-levels they needed.

Tell us what you love about Liverpool by Tweeting us @LivEchonews

3:43 pm
Amy Browne

WEST LANCS: Pupils taking their A-levels at West Lancashire College achieved an overall pass rate of 96%.

Rachel Ball got two As and a B and gained a place studying History at the University of Liverpool. She said: “It feels great knowing I got my first choice of university."

Lucy Foster gained a B and two Cs and is off to study English Literature at Edge Hill University, in her quest to become an English teacher.

West Lancashire College students celebrate passing their A-levels

David Hindley, Deputy Principal, said: “It is a testament to the dedication and hard work of the A level tutors, and managers that has led to this outstanding success for our students. Staff have worked hard to ensure that we demonstrate best practice in teaching and supporting each student to achieve their potential, we look forward to hearing how our learners progress with their chosen destination and future career.”

3:52 pm
Amy Browne

LIVERPOOL: And a big congratulations from the Echo too!

4:03 pm
Amy Browne

GALLERY: Wow it's been an exciting day for Merseyside's A-level pupils! Take a look back through the best pictures from today:

4:12 pm
Amy Browne

ADVICE: If you've got your results but are feeling confused about what to do next, you can get free independent advice from UCAS.

Speak to one of their expert careers advisors by calling: 0808 100 8000.

4:20 pm
Amy Browne

LIVERPOOL: This in from the city council - grades from the vast majority of schools show Liverpool has matched the national average at 98%, and achieved a 100% pass rate for vocational qualifications.

The city's pupils have made improvements in closing the gap with the rest of the country when it comes to A* to C grades, with 71.6% getting these grades compared to 76.5% nationally - that's an increase of 0.8% on last year.

The average number of A-level points received per student is also up – from 204.3 in 2013 to 214.3 this year.

Well done to everyone who worked so hard!

4:28 pm
Amy Browne

SEFTON: Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council's Cabinet Member for Children, Schools, Families and Leisure, said: "Provisional results indicate schools in Sefton have done notably well in the A and A/S Level exams.

"It shows how hard pupils and staff have worked over the years to achieve our usually impressive results.

 "There are many success stories but as ever support mechanisms are in place for pupils who may not have achieved as well as they anticipated."

4:45 pm
Amy Browne

Right that's all from us today. Well done again to everyone who took their A-levels.

Have a great time celebrating and enjoying your last days of freedom, before the hard work really begins!

St John Bosco Arts College students celebrate their great A Level reults. Elle Shea achieved an A* in english, an A in spanish and a B in history and will be heading to Cambridge University to study modern languages.

Lizzy Foulkes and Faye Cullinane celebrate their success

Joe Thomas overcame a brain tumour 18 months ago. Students from Oldershaw Academy in Valkyrie road in Wallasey picking up their A Level results