A-grade results are down for first time in decades
FEWER teenagers gained top grades in their A-levels in 2012 as the number of A*s and As fell for the first time in two decades.
This was reflected in the average point scores achieved by students at schools and colleges in Staffordshire, Stoke-on-Trent and Cheshire East.
When students' overall A-level marks were taken into account, one of the highest-performing schools was the independent St Dominic's Priory School, in Stone.
In the state sector, top achievers included Moorlands VI Form College, St Joseph's College, in Trent Vale, Sandbach High School and Sixth Form College, Leek's Westwood College, and St Margaret Ward Catholic College, in Tunstall.
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For the first time, the tables also include how many students achieved at least two As and a B in traditional academic subjects, such as maths, further maths, English literature, the sciences, history, geography and languages.
In Staffordshire, just 4.4 per cent of A-level students gained AAB or above in these courses last year.
Teenagers studying in Stoke-on-Trent fared better, with 6.9 per cent reaching this standard. And in Cheshire East, 7.1 per cent of students gained at least two As and a B, just below the national average for state schools and colleges of 7.4 per cent.
English was the most popular subject among local A-level students last summer. But psychology and history also made it into the five most popular courses in Staffordshire and South Cheshire.
The highest number of A* and A grades were awarded to students taking maths. But teenagers who did art and design also notched up a significant proportion of top grades.