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Schools in Ealing have reported some of their best ever A- Level results this year.

Initial reports show that fifty per cent of the grades awarded in Greenford High were A-B and four students have managed to get into Oxford.

At Cardinal Wiseman  78 per cent of the exams were marked between A* to C. A total of 21 A*s and 108 As were achieved out of 566 exams taken by 166 students.

The results were sent out on Thursday and there is now a record battle for places in higher education across the United Kingdom.

It is estimated that about 660,000 people had applied to university by June this year, but only around 480,000 places were awarded last year.

There is a cap on places and universities have been warned they face a fine if they over-recruit.

Many colleges, including Ealing, Hammersmith & West London College have taken on extra staff for their clearing hotlines and Thames Valley Universty has reported record numbers calling.

The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service, Ucas, which co-ordinates university applications, will post details of vacancies available through clearing on its website from midnight on Thursday.

It will open a telephone line from 0700 BST on 0871 468 0 468 and students can also get advice from the Ucas website.



21 August 2010

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