'League tables are not the be-all and end-all, but it's a positive sign'
SOME schools and colleges saw improvements in their A-level performance while others had a drop from 2011.
Trinity School in Aspley was among the best performers in the city, with its average point score per student being 762.9, up from 759.1 in the previous year. It had 115 students sitting A-level exams.
Deputy head teacher John Dexter said they were delighted with their results.
He said: "The students work very hard in all subjects and that is shown by the results they have received.
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"We are very pleased with the position we are in. League tables like this aren't the be-all and end-all, but it is a positive sign to know students are leaving here at the end of the sixth-form with good grades."
As in previous years, West Bridgford School was at the top end of county performers, with an average point score per student of 986.1, a slight drop from 1,002.1 in 2011.
Head teacher Rob McDonough questioned the relevance of ranking schools according to the students' average point score, instead claiming the average marks for each exam entry was a better indication.
He added: "We are delighted once again with what our students have achieved. Looking at league tables, we have been one of the best-performing schools for a number of years now.
"We add significant value to the education of the children here. This means that we are doing very well."
He added that it may prove difficult for many schools to keep up their impressive results if proposed reforms to A-levels – which would see students judged on exams at the end of two-year courses alone – go ahead.
"We are looking to keep it up," he added. "But schools are going to be facing severe challenges."