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City's students close A-Level gap

STUDENTS across Liverpool have today received the 1st A-Level results assessed through public examination since 2019. Grades received by the City's young people have improved on 2019's figures. Data was not collected in 2021 and 2021 when grades were teacher assessed. Grades A*-C across the City are up 10.4% from 2019 to 76.8%, compared to 82.1% nationally. This closes the gap between the City and the national rate by 3.8%. The A*-E pass rate in Liverpool was up 3.1% from 2019 to 98%; just 0.4% behind the national rate; closing the gap on the national average from 2019 by 2.1%.  The number of A*-A grades awarded in Liverpool was up 8.1% to 27.1% (35.9% nationally). The average grade has also risen from C to C+. Once again the School Improvement Liverpool Community Languages Project has particular cause for celebration. Eighteen students were entered for A-Levels in Arabic or Chinese, with 72% being awarded A* or A grades and 28% B-D grades.

Cllr Tomas Logan, Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, said:- "Receiving A-Level results is a day that many of us remember. It is such an important day in a young person's life and my best wishes go to everyone who received their grades today. This academic year has seen our Schools getting back to something approaching normality after the challenges they have faced since March 2020. And it's important to remember that the groups of young people receiving their results today were not able to sit their GCSE's as they would have expected due to the Pandemic. All of our teachers and School staff as well as parents and carers should feel proud of supporting our 6th formers to reach this stage through what has been a difficult time. If you do not receive the results you were hoping for please speak to your School or College in the first instance They will be able to give you guidance on the next steps you can take. And if you received the grades you were hoping for; you have the City's congratulations as you continue your journey into higher education or training."

Southport MP says the area is well placed to support Liverpool Eurovision Bid

SINCE we published our report about Liverpool and the Eurovision Song Contest, Southport's MP Damien Moore has announced his backing for Liverpool's bid to host the Eurovision Song Contest, and has set out the support which Southport could offer. The competition was due to be held in Ukraine, the winners of this year's contest, but due to the ongoing conflict it has been agreed that the UK will host Eurovision, in 2023, on their behalf. The BBC and European Broadcasting Union (EBU) have announced that 7 Cities have been shortlisted to host the competition:- Birmingham, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, and Sheffield. Time is now being taken by each to develop plans on how they would celebrate the event in a way which reflects Ukrainian culture, music, and communities. Liverpool must also demonstrate that it has the necessary venue, accommodation, and transport infrastructure necessary to cope with such a large international event. A final decision expected to be made in Autumn. Mr. Moore has said that Southport, which has reliable and regular transport links to Liverpool City Centre, would be well placed to take in the thousands of international visitors expected at the competition.

Damien Moore, MP for Southport, said:- "It is disappointing that Ukraine will be unable to host next year's Eurovision Song Contest, but I am pleased to see that Liverpool has been shortlisted to hold the event on their behalf. I am 100% supportive of this bid and I know that Southport, home to countless Hospitality and accommodation businesses, would be well-placed to welcome those visiting the Region from around the world; including from Ukraine. In 2017, over 230,000 visitors came to our town to attend The Open at the Royal Birkdale, which broke records as the largest Championship held in England. A key part of Liverpool's bid will focus upon how they would accommodate the thousands of international visitors expected at Eurovision, and I know that this is an area in which Southport can step up and provide support. I wish the teams developing the bid the best of success, and as Southport's MP I stand ready to provide any support I can."

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"Get Back" to Formby and celebrate the Beatles with Formby Hall Golf Resort and Spa

THIS year, Paul McCartney celebrated his 80th birthday, headlined the Glastonbury Festival and the International Beatleweek Festival returns to Liverpool, on 24 August 2022; so many reasons to come together and celebrate John, Paul, George and Ringo. The International Beatleweek Festival celebrates the music of the most famous pop group in the world in the City where it all began. Live music is the focus of the festival with 70 bands from over 20 countries. Beatles fans flock to Liverpool from all over the world. Formby Hall is ideally located to explore the festival and all the Beatlemania that Liverpool has to offer, including:- the Beatles Museum, Magical Mystery Tour, Penny Lane and the famous Cavern Club. Guests can also take some time to relax and recharge; Formby Hall's resort location on the rural Merseyside coast has miles of sandy beaches and woodland forests to explore, as well as a leisure club and spa with swimming pool. Get Back to Formby guests will enjoy a Beatles-inspired cocktail before a delicious dinner in the Fairway Grill and a special gift; a hardback "Get Back to Abbey Road" book. Guests will also enjoy a full English breakfast and access to the resort's leisure facilities. Get Back to Formby is available to book now from £263 per room, per night based on 2 sharing. Ts and Cs apply. Call reservations on:- 01704875699 or visit:- FormbyHallGolfResort.Co.UK.

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