THE number of young people achieving good A-level qualifications after leaving school is the worst in Greater Manchester and second lowest in the North West.

The shocking state of post 16-18 education is revealed today with the city's poor performance in laid bare in figures published by the department for education (DfE).

The DfE has published the advanced level results of every authority in the country.

Qualifications include A-levels, Applied General, Tech Level and technical certificate.

Figures show that the percentage of students achieving at least two A-levels in summer 2019 stood at 59.2 per cent, nearly 21 percentage points behind the North West average, and 22 points behind the national average.

Only 3.5 per cent of students achieved 3 A*to A-grades or better, compared to an regional average of 10.2 per cent and the national average of 13 per cent. And 8.3 per cent of young people left sixth form with AAB or better, way behind the regional average of 17.6 per cent and the country's average of 21.3 per cent.

Only the borough of Knowsley scored worse than Salford.

Students studying for tech-level and applied general qualifications fared a little better. The average point score for applied general qualifications —29.66 was higher the local and national average, 29.55 and 28.91 respectively.

The average point score for tech-level qualifications at 24.28 was around four percentage below the national and regional averages.

And the number of students achieving at least two substantial level three qualifications stood at just 72.3 per cent, lower than the country's average of 85.9 per cent and the North West average of 83.3 per cent.

Nearby authority, Trafford was the best performing with nearly 93 per cent of students achieving the benchmark.

Bridgewater School was the best performing for A-level, with 12.5 per cent achieving AAB with at least two strong academic subjects at Salford College only 4.4 per cent achieved that standard.

Students at Salford City College made below average progress between the end of key stage 4 and the end of their A-level studies, compared to similar students across England.

A spokesman for Salford City College said: "In terms of A-level performance, there is a marginal difference between the average grade achieved at Salford City College,grade C, and the national average,grade C+.

"The highly respected Advanced Level Performance Systems (Alps) analysis indicates that for A-level, added value at Salford City College is in the top third of schools and colleges nationally.

"The majority of students at Salford City College take vocational qualifications that are equivalent to A levels. The performance of students in these qualifications is above the national average and, according to Alps, the college is in the top 10 percent of schools and colleges nationally.

"Salford City College was inspected by Ofsted in December 2019 and was rated Good. There is a strong expectation that the college will move to Outstanding within the next 18 months.

"It should be noted that a number of Salford residents travel outside of Salford to take A-levels and other post 16 qualifications.

Moreover, great care is needed in analysing DFE Performance Tables as they may cover a small proportion of the qualifications taken by post-16 students."

Deputy City Mayor Councillor John Merry said: “Many Salford young people take post-16 qualifications outside the city and we have high numbers who are not currently in education, employment or training but are being supported to address this through supportive placements with employers and tailored training. That is not captured in the DfE performance tables and makes it hard to compare Salford’s performance with other local authorities where arrangements will be very different.

“Salford’s A-level results are very close to national average and Salford City College, the main provider of post-16 education is rated amongst the top 10 per cent of colleges nationally. We are very proud of this but we are not complacent and continually strive to improve to ensure every young Salfordian achieves their full potential. We continue to work closely with schools, the college, local employers and training providers to get the very best provision for our young people.”