A LEVEL students in the borough are celebrating exam success with 85 per cent achieving A*-C grades, early indicators show.
Provisional figures show 70 per cent achieved A*-B grades and 98 per cent A*-E grades, broadly in line with the success in 2014.
Figures from Blessed Hugh Faringdon secondary school, which is maintained by Reading Borough Council, show improved top grades for the third consecutive year with 53 per cent of results at levels A*- B, compared with 50 per cent last year and 40 per cent in 2013.
The numbers achieving A*-C grades remained at 73 per cent and the proportion of A*-E passes increased by one per cent to 99 per cent.
Reading’s other secondary schools - Kendrick School, Reading School, Highdown School, Prospect School and the John Madejski Academy – are academy schools and run independently of the council.
Councillor Tony Jones, Reading’s lead councillor for education, said: “Although it appears that the numbers of students getting top grades across the country has slipped, these figures still represent a consistent performance in Reading schools.
“But of more importance, behind the figures will be so many personal stories of commitment and hard work by young people supported by their families and the great professionalism of our teachers, and I congratulate them all.
“I would also say to those who may not have got the results they were hoping for this morning, to stay calm, take the advice available to you and you may discover that more opportunities are available to you than you have first thought."