Number of A-level pupils surges
SIXTH form intakes are up at schools across the East Riding after more pupils decided to stay on to boost their prospects.
Headteachers say more young people are now recognising the value of qualifications, particularly in the economic squeeze when there is stiff competition for jobs.
Driffield School student Eilish Newbury, 16, is among record numbers of pupils joining sixth forms around the East Riding
Some schools have reported record numbers entering the sixth form and one secondary has doubled its intake.
East Riding Council had forecast a total of 1,687 students would enter sixth forms, similar to the total of 1,688 for 2008-09.
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But the surge reported by schools this week looks set to swell the estimated figure.
Driffield School has seen a 10 per cent increase in numbers joining its sixth form, with 250 students entering year 12.
Headteacher Martin Green confirmed it is a record intake for the secondary, amid the trend for more young people wishing to take A-levels.
Mr Green said: "Generally, more young people are being successful in education and are getting better results, so their aspirations are rising.
"In the current economic climate youngsters are more conscious they could be better qualified and better prepared for the world of work."
Driffield student Cameron Rushbridge-Burns, 16, will be studying four A-levels at the school.
He said: "I want to go to university. Driffield has a really good sixth form and I have always wanted to stay on so I can get a better job and more money when I am older."
Fellow sixth former Eilish Newbury, 16, said: "I will need A-levels to do a history degree. I want to further my education to get a really good job."
Cottingham High School, which had an original forecast for 119 to join its sixth form, has welcomed 138 students into year 12.
Headteacher Tom Darbyshire said: "Quite a few students did better than they expected in their exams.
"Students are realising options out there are far more limited and this at least provides a definite career path."
Wolfreton School, Kirk Ella, which has a sixth form consortium with Cottingham High School and Hessle High School, has also seen its intake surge, from 155 last year to 185.
At Bridlington, Headlands School has seen its sixth form intake almost double to 105.
Headlands, which is recovering from a turbulent period which saw four members of staff appear in court following inappropriate relationships with pupils, is making good progress after being placed in special measures.
Acting headteacher Scott Ratheram is delighted with the numbers.
He said: "More than 100 students have enrolled into Year 12 this year and this increase in number reflects the improved confidence students have in the school."
Other schools with raised sixth form intakes include Beverley High School and Beverley Grammar School Joint Sixth Form; Longcroft School, Beverley; Bridlington School; Withernsea High School; South Holderness Technology College, Preston; South Hunsley School, Melton and Woldgate College, Pocklington.