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Date: Friday 17th August 2018

IT has been a time of great change for A-level students at Eden’s secondary schools as they, along with thousands of other teenagers across the country, have got to grips with a new examination system.

But what has not changed is the incredible success achieved by the district’s young people who, guided by dedicated and inspirational teachers, are about to embark on the next stage of their lives buoyed by academic success and enhanced personal development.

The headteachers of secondary schools at Penrith, Appleby, Kirkby Stephen and Keswick have been reflecting on some outstanding results which have been achieved against a backdrop of more challenging examinations, and have, somewhat unusually, singled out some of their best-performing students.

This is in response to their decision not to publish results in full of A-level examinations and GCSEs — which follow next week — citing data protection reasons. The headteachers say that some parents and/or students have not given their permission for results in their cases to be published, so to release an incomplete list would not properly reflect the achievements of individuals and the school.

It means that this newspaper is unable to bring readers a comprehensive list of students’ results from the secondary schools within its circulation area as it has done for decades. This is a regrettable development as the publication of results has been a source of pride for parents, relatives and often the students themselves.