students opened their results envelopes, a familiar cry echoed around the school halls, stiHing cheers of celebration.
The Government reformed maths A-level
in 2004 in an attempt to make it more popular after exam entries slumped.
There are fears some papers may have been down-marked to try and counter claims that A-Level
exams are too easy.
entries for chemistry and physics are down 3% each, while entries for computing are up 3%.
The new provision will include a "professional skills programme", which includes two A-Level
subjects and one vocational qualification.
New Schools Network, which carried out the analysis, said the number of young people taking A-levels
locally was a "glass ceiling" on ambition.
The first pupils subject to this regulation would have completed their A-levels
However, these subjects continue to account for over one-third of A-level
entries in Northern Ireland."
Grades for the reformed A-level
were awarded for the first time last year.
At Rainford High, 42% of students achieved A*-B grades at A-Level
, with 13% achieving the top tier of grades in all level 3 qualifications.
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results will be published on Thursday, August 15, 2019.