A level results day 2014

Congratulations to all Sixth Form College students picking up results today. Yet again, our colleges have achieved outstanding grades. Please ensure you follow us on Twitter @SFCA_info to keep up-to-date with the latest results from our colleges.

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Commenting on today’s A level results, James Kewin, Deputy Chief Executive of the Sixth Form Colleges’ Association said:

“Many congratulations to all students who received their A level results today. The early signs are that Sixth Form Colleges will celebrate another year of outstanding exam results. This is remarkable achievement given the significant changes to the examination system and the reduction in funding that is available to educate sixth form students.

“Nationally, the increase in entries to Maths and Science courses is welcome, as is the continued popularity of the Extended Project – a qualification that Sixth Form Colleges lead the way in delivering. But while today is a day of celebration for our students, Sixth Form College leaders have grave concerns about the future impact of the Government’s A level reform programme.  There is particular concern that the plan to de-couple AS levels from A levels will inhibit their ability to support young people to progress to higher education or employment.

“In its current form, the AS qualification provides valuable breadth and gives students time to refine their areas of specialisation. As a result, the risk of drop out is greatly reduced. It also acts as an important stepping stone for students, particularly less confident learners, and helps universities when making decisions on admissions.

“If the Government is serious about improving the life chances of young people, it should reverse its decision to decouple AS levels from A levels and make a commitment not to impose a fourth funding cut in four years on Sixth Form Colleges.”

The full breakdown of results from the Joint Council for Qualifications and press release summarising results can be found here:

GCE national results

JCQ press release summarising results

Woodhouse College

Congratulations to Woodhouse College on their fantastic success this year. A summary of their results can be found below:

  • 99.3% A level pass rate, an increase from of 0.7% over last year.
  • A* numbers up by over 1 percentage point to 8.3% - despite a reputed national fall in A* grades.
  • 31% of all entries were graded A*/A
  • 70 students gained straight A/A* in all their A-levels
  • 50 students achieved A* in A Level Maths and 117 achieved A or A*!
  • Two thirds of of all entries achieved ‘high grades’ A*-B and 87.5% at A*-C
  • 24 subjects had a 100% pass
  • 70 students did the Extended Project Qualification, with 100% pass rate including 17 A* and 25 A grades.
  • 13 students so far confirmed for Medical school
  • Half a dozen students into Oxbridge

o   Identical twins Mariam and Sarah Al-Aride each achieved AAA. One is going to medical school, the other economics at UCL. They come from Tottenham, Haringey.

o   Yanna Raykov from Muswell Hill, Haringey, achieved four A* grades and is off to Cambridge to do Natural Sciences.

o   Reiss Greenblatt from Enfield gained A*A*A and is off to Durham to do Psychology. Reiss won five prizes at the end of year awards plus a jack petchey award for his contribution in mentoring and supporting other students. He is much loved!

o   Clarissa Combe from Enfield achieved A*AA and is off to Oxford to study, unusually, Japanese.

Cardinal Newman College

Once again the students of Cardinal Newman College, in Preston, have proven why the college is in the top 1% of colleges nationally with another year of outstanding results!
 The class of 2014 have achieved outstanding A Level success with 75% of entries achieving High Grades* and a 100% A Level and BTEC pass rate, the college is very proud of their students’ achievements.

The amazing results top an exceptional year for the College which include becoming the Cambridge University hub for Lancashire, with a record number of students gaining a place at Oxford and Cambridge University. Also, from September 2015 the College will be offering degree courses, as well as being a centre for teacher training in partnership with Edge Hill University.

Principal, Nick Burnham praised the students and staff saying: “We are delighted with the results our students have achieved this year. As a College we are blessed to have such highly motivated staff and students. With these outstanding results their hard work and determination has clearly paid off!”

St Dominic's Sixth Form College

Congratualtions to St Dominic's on another successful year of examinations.

The long and nervous wait was over today for the students at St Dominic's Sixth Form College in Harrow on the Hill, North West London.  Results, continued to be some some of the best in the country with a 99% pass rate and 67% of students achieving an A* to B.

Principal, Andrew Parkin said 'This is a phenomenal achievement by both the students and staff of the College - we have the most committed and dedicated group of students here at St Dominic's who are taught by consistently outstanding teachers.  The results are to be celebrated by all in this community'

St Vincent College

Congratulations to St Vincent College on their tremendous A level success.

St Vincent College in Gosport, Hampshire has just recorded its highest ever A-Level grades which are 3% up on last year. Our high grades pass rate has also increased by an impressive 8% which supplements our 99.7% vocational course pass rate. We are incredibly pleased with this fantastic achievement which has also led to our highest ever number of students progressing on to University.

We have had numerous success stories, none more so than Elliot Wright (pictured below) who having achieved three A*’s and an A Grade in his A-Levels is progressing on to Cambridge University to study English.

Greenhead College

Congratulations to Greenhead College today on their outstanding results.

Once again, Greenhead College students have achieved outstanding results. Anton McGrath, Principal of the college commented,” The achievements made by our students this year are excellent; the summer of 2014 is again one for celebration. Many congratulations to our students receiving their outstanding results today; their hard work and determination over the past year have paid off. The vast majority of our A level students have met their targets and have exciting times ahead starting university courses, apprenticeships or jobs of their choice.” He added, “this year’s A level results are outstanding; the students have once again exceeded the national rate for the percentage of A* grades at A level with 13% of students achieving the highest grade, significantly higher than the national rate (8.2%). The pass rate remains very high at 99% with almost two thirds of grades at either A*, A or B. 30 students have met their Oxbridge offers and will be taking up their places at either Oxford or Cambridge in the autumn.”

Of the 1032 students who took A levels exams this summer, 157 achieved grade A* or A in 3 or more of their subjects.

Of the 1125 students who took AS level examinations this summer, 101 achieved a grade A in 3 or more of their subjects.

To find out more about Greenhead's results please click here.

Franklin College

Franklin College are celebrating an outstanding set of A Level results which once again heralds a pass rate in excess of 99%.

  • Over 40 courses achieved the maximum 100% pass rate
  • More than half of the students on 20 courses achieved the highest grades (A*, A or B)
  • For the Extended Project Qualification (taken by many A level students at Franklin) we have seen what we expect to be some of the best results nationally with a 100% pass rate, and 75% of students achieving top marks.
  • Franklin College is the only provider of both A Levels and BTECs in the area and 152 students have combined both qualification types to aid their progression from Franklin

Principal, Trevor Wray says “This set of results demonstrates clearly what we know. Franklin is a great place to study and stretch potential.

Franklin is more than a College. We offer outstanding teaching and learning, a fantastic support system for all students, a nurturing community ethos, a range of courses better than any other provider in the area, and some of the most committed and talented staff and students I have ever had the pleasure to work with. Franklin provides young people from across North East Lincolnshire, North Lincolnshire and Lincolnshire with not only a great education, but the support, guidance and range of qualifications to continue on to compete on both a national and international level.

“Progression from Franklin College is exceptional with results showing that 80% of Franklin students this year will progress to their first choice Higher Education institution – more than ever before, with the figure exceeding that of many of the country’s most prestigious independent schools.

“This year also sees our highest proportion of students who have secured places on some of the most sought after Higher Apprenticeship schemes and through our extensive links to local employers, many students will this year progress straight into exceptional employment opportunities.

“I am just so pleased that once again Franklin College is celebrating a magnificent set of results”.

Brighton Hove and Sussex Sixth Form College

BHASVIC’s AS and A level results are its best ever this year both in terms of the number of students passing and the number of students achieving top grades.

Over 950 students sat A levels in June 2014 achieving a pass rate of 99% and with 60% of grades at A* to B.

Over 1500 students sat AS levels in June 2014 achieving an incredible 92% pass rate with 50% of grades at A or B.

Many students gained 3 or more A grades at A level with four students achieving 4 A* grades: Ana Groom (ex-St. Richard’s Catholic College – Bexhill; Daniel Gunn (ex- Varndean High School); Thomas Whitmore (ex-Dorothy Stringer High School); William Farrance (ex-Warden Park). Five A grades at AS level were achieved by Janet Lalla-Hamblin (ex-Seaford Head).

BHASVIC students are reaping the rewards of their success as they move on to top universities in September with a record number of 34 offered places at Oxford and Cambridge.

BHASVIC prides itself on being ‘open access’ – prospective students can study A levels here if they have achieved 5 or more grade Cs or above at GCSE. BHASVIC builds on students’ GCSE results and then improves students’ achievements still further from AS to A level ensuring that all students achieve their full potential.

Chris Thomson, BHASVIC’s Principal, praised the outstanding achievements of the students: “BHASVIC’s record results will confirm the national recognition it has received for its consistently high quality learning and teaching.  Our Partner Schools, parents and above all our outstanding staff and students are to be congratulated.”

Priestley College

Congratulations to the students of Priestley College who once again did extremely well in their results. A summary of their results can be found below:

99% A Level pass rate for the 10th year

100% Pass rate in 38 A Level subjects

72% of A Level grades at A* to C

100% Pass rate in all BTEC Extended Diplomas

100% Pass rate in all BTEC and OCR Diplomas

68% of BTEC grades at Distinction* or Distinction

Many subjects saw students achieve a brilliant A* to B pass rate of over 50% including: Art, Biology, Chemistry, Dance, 3D Design, Further Maths, German, Graphics, Maths, Media and Politics.

In total nearly 250 A Level grades at Priestley were A* or A with 22 students achieving a magical three or more A Levels at A* or A.

Vocational students also delivered outstanding results with over 500 grades being awarded at Distinction* or Distinction and 61 students achieved a remarkable triple Distinction *.

As always many vocational students also took A Levels alongside their main programme and it was pleasing to see many achieving top grades including A*, A and B grades to go with their Distinction*.

Wilberforce College

Wilberforce Sixth Form College is celebrating the best A Level exam results achieved by its students in the 25 years since the College opened.  A Level achievement stands at a fantastic 99% with 28 courses securing a 100% pass rate!

A delighted College Principal, David Cooper, says ‘This year’s student achievement is simply outstanding, at every level, and represents the best set of results in the College’s history.  The story they tell is of intellectually gifted young people, with their determination and sheer application to turn that ability into life changing qualifications.  I’m proud and humbled by their achievement, but also delighted for their parents who’ve supported them throughout and the staff who’ve worked tirelessly to make these achievements a reality.’

You can find out more about their success here.

Pictured below are Jack Davies and Lucy Mclean. Jack ( three A*s in Chemistry, Maths and Physics) is going to Manchester University to study Chemistry with industrial experience and Lucy  ( A*s in Media Studies & General Studies plus As in English Language and Spanish) is going to Sheffield University to study Linguistics with Hispanic Studies.

Jack Davies ‘I’m shocked but really pleased with my results, I had no idea I’d get such high grades! It was hard work but worth it in the end.  I’ve had a great two years at Wilberforce, all the teachers here have been really helpful. If anyone enjoys sciences, go for it, you’ll get all the support you need.’

Lucy Mclean ‘ I’ve no words, I’m just gobsmacked and don’t know what to do with myself  I’m so happy! I’ve absolutely loved the college atmosphere and studying here with lots of helpful teachers to support me.’

Esher College

Congratulations to Esher Colleger who are pleased to report a 98.3% pass rate at A level (76.4% A* - C grades). The AS level pass rate is equally impressive at 92.3% (65.8% A - C grades).  All of the College´s results were above the national average.

An impressive 111 students achieved three or more A Levels at A* or A grade, including eighteen students who achieved 3 or 4 A* grades; a remarkable achievement.  The College is also extremely proud to report that a total of 246 A* grades were awarded at A Level.

Dan Dean, the College Principal, said, “Our summer 2014 examination results are, once again, highly impressive. With over 5,500 entries at A and AS level and deliberately inclusive entry requirements we are justifiably proud of the achievements of our students. We are equally delighted with the outcomes on our BTEC courses. This level of performance is a testament to the dedication of our students and their teachers. As importantly, it provides students with a strong platform from which to progress to their next destination. Congratulations to all our students and best wishes for the future.”

Find out more about the success at Esher here.

Solihull Sixth Form College

Congratulations to the students of Solihull Sixth Form College. A summary of their fantastic results can be found below:

  • 511 students achieved all higher grades
  • 100% pass rate in 29 advanced level courses
  • 144 students gained at least 3 A/A*s at A level or distinction/distinction* grades on BTEC courses
  • 300 A* grades at A level and distinction* grades at BTEC

Pictured below are the successful Oxford students with their Principal Paul Ashdown. Pictured from left to right are as follows:

Alec Edwards

  • Aged 18, from Coleshill
  • Achieved A* grades in A level Maths, Further Maths, Chemistry and Physics.
  • He has got a place at Worcester College, Oxford to study Chemical Engineering.

William Bate

  • Aged 18, from Solihull
  • Achieved A* grades in A level Maths and Chemistry, as well as A grades in Further Maths and Physics.
  • He has got a place at Mansfield College, Oxford to study Physics.

Callum Prentice

  • Aged 17, from Yardley in Birmingham
  • Achieved A* grades in A level Maths and Chemistry, as well as an A grade in Physics.
  • He has got a place at Somerville College, Oxford to study Chemistry.

Kirsty Mears

  • Aged 18, from Solihull
  • Achieved A* grades in A level English Literature, History and her Extended Project, as well as an A in Philosophy.
  • She has got a place at Hertford College, Oxford to study History.

Oldham Sixth Form College

With nearly 2500 entries for Advanced Level courses at OSFC in 2014, students have once again achieved a pass rate above the national average, including an excellent further improvement in A* grades.

The overall college pass rate for all Advanced courses studied by students leaving OSFC this summer is a truly outstanding 99%.
35 A level subjects achieved a 100% pass rate.  All the students holding Oxbridge offers secured their places and 259 students achieved at least ABB or equivalent at A level, the ‘gold standard’ required by the ‘Russell Group’ universities.  As in previous years, the pass rate on all vocational courses remained at a perfect 100%.

Jayne Clarke, College Principal, said “Our students can be very proud of their excellent results across the whole range of courses offered at OSFC. In the context of the well-documented greater challenge in A levels and without January exams for the first time, to have held our strong position and seen an increase in the very highest of grades is really outstanding.  We are equally proud of the fact that we support a very broad range of students, including those with more modest starting points, making these outcomes all the more impressive. I wish all of our students the very best for their next steps and their future careers.’

Many congratulations to all our students, including those going on to study at Oxbridge in 2014.  Pictured, l to r, they are:

  • Katy Haigh, who achieved 1A* and 2As at A Level  -  History of Art at St John’s College, Oxford
  • Krishmeela Rittoo who achieved 3As at A Level -  Italian at St Anne’s College Oxford
  • Daniel Stanley – achieved 3A*s at A Level and 1A at AS  - Chemical Engineering at Churchill College, Cambridge
  • Rebecca Leech – who achieved 4A*s at A Level -  Natural Sciences at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge
  • Naomi Sutton, who achieved 2A*s and 1A at A Level -  History at Homerton College, Cambridge.

Thomas Rotherham College

Congratulations to the students of Thomas Rotherham College. Principal Dr Richard Williams said that TRC was very pleased with the 2014 results. The overall pass rate was 97%. 66 students achieved 3A grades or Distinctions or better in their specialist subjects.

Top achievers were Ben Jones and Jessica Williams with 3A* and additional higher level Maths qualifications. Alex Wong also achieved 3A* and is going to study Medicine at Oxford.

There were pleasing results throughout the class of 2014, and Dr Williams paid tribute to the hard work of students and staff saying, “I’m very proud of the efforts of TRC students and staff represented in these results and in the exciting destinations that they will take our students on to.”

John Leggott College

John Leggott College has maintained the high success rates for AS and A2 that it reached last year and the A-Level pass rate is again above 98%. 35 students attained 3 or more A*/A grades at A-Level.  But perhaps the most remarkable results were in BTEC Extended Diploma in Sport & Exercise Science with 14 students in the group achieving D*D*D*.

Congratulations on another year of great results!

Aquinas College

Congratulations to Aquinas College where their results have been extremely good in what has been a difficult year with the government withdrawing January modules part way through this cohort’s programme of study.  Early analysis shows a pass rate of 98% at A level with many outstanding individual and departmental results.  Just under 50% of A level grades achieved were at the high grade level of A* - B.  If you were to expand this to include grade Cs then nearly three quarters of all results were at this level.  Aquinas' vocational provision is truly outstanding with a 100% pass rate and 89% high grades (A*- B).  184 entries or over 65% of these students gained a Distinction* equivalent to an A* at A level to bring the total A*s to over 300. These results together with our best ever AS results hint at more outstanding results to come in the future. Well done!

King Edward VI College Nuneaton

In its 40th year as a sixth form provider King Edward VI College in Nuneaton was celebrating with its best ever set of results.

Staff at the only Sixth Form College in Coventry and Warwickshire were proud to announce the pass rate for  A’ level was above the national average at 99% .  374 A/A* grades were recorded with almost half of students gaining a high grade A*- B in their A levels.

The BTEC subjects also excelled with 100% pass rate in all 17 subjects and over 65% achieving high grades of Distinction* or Distinction, equivalent to an A* or A at A’ level.

A delighted Principal Dr Esther Maughan said “ I am so proud of our students and staff.  We all work so hard towards this end goal and it is fantastic to see so many happy faces.”

Esther continued “Evidence shows that our unique curriculum offer enables students to combine a wide range of A Levels and vocational programmes (such as A  level Physics with BTEC Engineering) to optimise their success. Each student has an individual programme of study and timetable and provides a bespoke learning experience that means they go onto positive destinations.“

Recent A’ level reform has meant that there is a national trend for a fall in A grade A level performance but King Edward VI College has improved and is moving up the league tables. 38 subjects - over half - at AS and A level have 100% pass rates including English Language, English Literature, Spanish, Archaeology, Film, Music, Business Studies, Economics, Biology and Further Maths, to name just a few!

Read more about this fantastic year of results here.

Cadbury Sixth Form College

Cadbury College is delighted to announce an A Level pass rate of 97% for 2014; with an impressive 5% improvement in the number of high grades achieved by college students.

Exams were sat across 39 subjects this summer. 26 subjects achieved a 100% pass rate with many other subjects achieving results in the high nineties. One of  the top performing subjects was  Mathematics  which saw three quarters of all students achieving a high grade of A*- B.

Other subjects, which saw over 50% of students achieving an A*-B grade, include Economics, Financial Studies and Sociology.

This year, the sixth form college is also celebrating a successful set of BTEC results in which two thirds of students have gained a top grade of Distinction* or Distinction, which is equivalent to an A* or A grade at A Level. The courses, which focus on developing industry skills, are taken alongside A Levels and enable progression on to university.

Top performing vocational BTEC courses include Performing Arts, 3D Design, Applied Science and Environmental Sustainability.

92% of Performing Arts students gained a high grade of Distinction* or Distinction.

For more information on Cadbury's great results and response from their Principal, Jeremy Rogers click here.

Ryan McCorkell (pictured below) achieved A* in Biology and Mathematics and A grades in Chemistry and English Literature. The former Turves Green Boys’ School, who is aged 18 and from West Heath, has earned a place at the University of Birmingham to study Medicine.

Aishah Ali (pictured below), 18 and from Selly Oak, achieved 2 A* and 1 A in her subjects and has a place at the University of Cambridge to study Psychological and Behavioural Sciences.

Luke Heppenstall-West (pictured below), a former Queensbridge School pupil, achieved 1 A* grade and 2 A grades in English Literature, History and Mathematics.  He has gained a place at the University of Oxford to read History.

Totton College

Another college achieving their best results on record is Totton.

Pass rates at Totton College are at an all-time high with 99% of students passing their A-levels this year, up from last year’s results.

It’s also been another outstanding year for students taking BTEC courses, with BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma students doing particularly well. 82% of students studying Sport; 83% of Travel and Tourism students and 78% in Public Services all achieved Distinction grades, which is an excellent achievement. In addition, all students studying Hair and Beauty Level 3 courses achieved 100% pass rate.

“These results give cause for celebration and we are all proud of the successes we have seen in our examination performance this year,” Principal, Mike Gaston commented. “I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all of our students on their achievements and to thank my team of dedicated teachers and support staff who have worked very hard to support and encourage our students in gaining their qualifications."

Many students who have applied to University have been accepted to study the courses which they have applied for and several students have been successful in their applications to Russell Group Universities.

A few examples of our A-level students who performed particularly well are mentioned below.

  • Emma Robinson was awarded an A in Accounting, with an A* in Mathematics and an A in Business Studies, these impressive results means that she be accepted by her first choice, The University of Southampton, to study Mathematics.
  • Harriet Curtis-Hamilton, achieved A* in Dance, with an A in Geography and an A in Sociology, she has a place at De Montfort University to study Dance.
  • Nate Gray achieved A* in English Literature, with an A* in Classical Civilisation and a B in Government and Politics, he is going to his first choice at the University of Glasgow to study English Literature and Politics.

Vice Principal, Jo Landles, added: “We are delighted by another year of success that is a true reflection of the dedication of Totton College students and we wish them all well in their future studies and careers.”

Palmer's College

Students were in high spirits celebrating their results at Palmer’s during today’s A-level Results Day especially our two high achievers from Tilbury.

Students celebrated gaining superb results with fellow students and proud staff after achieving the grades they needed to secure places at top universities.  The College’s  A-level pass rate remained consistently high at 97% for the second year running.

Local Tilbury girls, Natasha and Mary gained fantastic results and are both off to university.

Ex-Grays Convent High School pupil, Natasha Smith secured a place at Oxford University to study Chemistry after gaining three A*s in A-level Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics.

Natasha said: “I am so happy and excited to have got my place at Oxford. I couldn’t have achieved the grades without the support from my teachers – they have been amazing, I can’t thank them enough!”

Mary Adesina attended Hassenbrook Academy and gained three As in A-level Biology, Chemistry and Mathematics.  She has a place secured at UCL to study Bio Medical Science but is hoping to go through adjustment to study Medicine at a top university.

Mary Adesina, said: “My two years at Palmer’s have been great – The library was my second home and without the support from my teachers I don’t think I would be here celebrating my 3 As.  I’m also really grateful to god and my family for their support.”

Mark Vinall, Principal of Palmer’s College said: “Congratulations to our brilliant students and wonderful staff on another superb set of results.”

47 students gained Triple Distinctions (equivalent to three As at A- level) in their Level 3 BTEC courses, which achieved pass rates of 99%. Level 3 and Level 2 Secretarial results were also exceptional with a pass rate of 100%.

The Sixth Form College, Farnborough

A level results for 2014 confirm that students at The Sixth Form College Farnborough have maintained the success that the College is noted for.  All the more remarkable given the challenging educational landscape, which this year has seen the removal of January modules and the application of more rigorous assessment.

Principal, Simon Jarvis said: “The results achieved by our students this year are exceptional.  The 99% pass rate is even more impressive given that it has been achieved across 53 subjects by one of the largest sixth form cohorts in the country.  These young people should be applauded for their hard work and dedication to their studies – we are very proud of them!”

“Plaudits should also go to their outstanding teachers who have ensured that this brilliant achievement has been sustained year on year at Farnborough.”

Success was celebrated in all areas of the curriculum with 25 subjects returning an exceptional 100% pass rate.  Almost a third of the A level grades were awarded at either A* or A, with 81% of A2 taught courses graded A*-C.

The College is delighted that so many of our students have been able to accept their places at leading universities.  Particularly notable, both with five A* grades and going on to study two different forms of Engineering, are Oliver Dunkley accepting a place at Cambridge and Samuel Tadman enrolling at Imperial College London. 

A further five students distinguished themselves by receiving four A* grades and a grade A.  Zoe Morris and Katie Tidd go on to read Natural Sciences at Cambridge with Christian Rennison-Jones also reading Natural Sciences at Durham.  Talitha Lewis will study History and French at Oxford and Adam Gittins, Medicine at Birmingham.  Overall 283 students gained an A* grade in at least one A level subject.

Farnborough Sixth Form College is one of the UK’s leading providers of post-16 education.  It is amongst the country’s most eminent colleges and a member of Maple Group of sixth form colleges with a record of outstanding, almost unrivalled performance in the sector.

St Francis Xavier Sixth Form College

Congratulations to students at St Francis Xavier where  a vast majority of the 450 A level and Diploma students will be taking up places at their first-choice universities. The pass rate for A level held up well at 96% and AS results improved by two points to 81%.

SFX’s star A level students this year include Ateeb who achieved A* in Mathematics, A in Biology, A in Physics and A in Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) who will be taking his place at Surrey University studying Mechanical Engineering, Iryna who in year 12 achieved A* in Russian and went onto gain As in Psychology, Economics and Mathematics and A* in her EPQ in year 13 and will be attending Surry to study Psychology and Hannah (pictured below), who after joining us in year 13 following a tough time at her secondary school, completely turned things around and came away with an astounding A* for Religious Studies, A in Geography and an A for her EPQ. She was over the moon when we spoke to her;

“SFX made me feel so welcome and gave me much more support than I’d ever had before – wish I’d come here in year 12!”

Hannah will be taking her chosen place at Loughborough University studying Economics.  Brother and sister, Aleksandar and Evgenia who both came over from Bulgaria only 3 years ago also did extremely well. Aleksandar will be taking his place at Queen Mary University to study Economics and Mathematics after achieving A* in Mathematics, A in Economics and B in Further Maths whilst, Evgenia will be attending Imperial College following her achievement of A* in Mathematics, A in Mathematics, A in Computing and B in Physics.

One of our star students Shannon (pictured below), who achieved 3 As in A level Religious Studies, Government & Politics and Sociology will tonight be featuring on the drive-time slot of BBC Radio London in a discussion panel including the editor of the TES and a Vice Principal of a 6th form College. This will be live on air from 5.20pm.

Other SFX students who achieved the very highest grades included Cen (A*A*A*A*A) Anthony (A*A*AEPQ B), Prince (A*EPQ AAAC), Louise (A*AA), Aliyah (AAB), Zephton (AABB) and Annabel (AAB).

SFX stars on BTEC level 3 Diploma courses include Jessica who achieved Triple Distinction* in Business (equivalent to 3 A* grades at A level) which she needed in order to take up her first choice place at Greenwich University to study Accounting & Finance, along with Roopa who also gained Triple Distinction* in Health & Social Care and is now really excited about taking her place at Kings College to study Psychology. Roopa who had done a year of A levels first then transferred to the BTEC said that

 “SFX really supported her to carry on and do what was right for her.”

SFX Principal Stella Flannery commented;

“Our excellent outcomes are a credit to staff and students who have weathered the recent changes to A level assessment. One in three grades achieved were grades A* to B and this will open the door to many top university places for our students. In our BTEC advanced outcomes we have achieved record outcomes with two thirds of entrants achieving distinction outcomes and in pole position to secure excellent university places. We have also been delighted by our achievement in the International Baccalaureate – with a 100% pass rate. This is to be compared with a pass rate internationally of 80% and shows that our students and teachers can compete and out-perform the best in the world. “

St John Rigby College

St John Rigby College students have achieved a fantastic set of results and surpassed all previous records for high grade achievement.  The overall A Level pass rate is close to 100% for the third consecutive year and, remarkably, high grades have increased by 7%.  This represents the College’s biggest ever increase in grades A*-B and is expected to contribute to another outstanding ‘value added’ performance.  In addition Vocational Advanced courses broke all records with students achieving an amazing 100% pass rate across all subjects for the second year running and more than three quarters of students were awarded a Distinction or Distinction*.

Hear more from College Principal Peter McGhee here .


Richard Huish College

Richard Huish College is celebrating another incredibly successful year of A Level results. Huish students did extremely well setting a new record in high grades with 90 students gaining three or more A/A*grades, and 38 of these gaining 2 or more A* grades. 5 students achieved 4 A* grades - three of these got a additional A grade.

Nicholas Darby (ex-Wadham School) achieved 5 A* grades in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Maths and Further Maths. Nicholas has been accepted into Cambridge to read Medicine. Zoe Backhouse (ex-Castle School) achieved 4 A* grades in Classical Civilisation, English Literature, English Language and French with an A grade in Drama and Theatre Studies.  Zoe will be going to Bristol University to read English & Classics. Jordan Hembrow (ex- Bishop Fox School) achieved 4 A* grades in Biology, Physics, Maths and Further Maths and an A in Chemistry.  He is off to Exeter to read Physics.

Charles Turner and Max Weston were also high achieving students, both gaining an impressive 4 A* grades. Charles, (formerly of King’s College) is going to Imperial to read Physics, and Max (ex Haygrove student) will be going to Bath to read Sports & Exercise Science.

The Richard Huish College Class of 2014 has managed to significantly surpass national averages at A level and equivalent qualifications.  College Principal, John Abbott commented: “This is the seventh consecutive year that we have achieved above 55% A*-B grades and 80% A*-C grades and 99% pass rate overall at A Level. This consistent high performance reinforces our position as one of the country’s highest performing sixth form colleges. These achievements begin with the efforts of our partner schools and are consolidated by the commitment, work and expertise of students and College staff.”

Wyke Sixth Form College

Yet again, students at Wyke Sixth Form College have shown a combination of talent and hard work to achieve outstanding success.  This, combined with superb teaching and the best possible facilities, has meant that 99.5% of students have achieved a pass grade at A Level with 36 subjects achieving a 100% pass rate.

Once again, a significant number of the much coveted A* grades have been achieved (58) and the proportion achieving A*- B grade is 43%.

No less than 50 students achieved at least three grades at A*or A and particular congratulations go to:

  • Macauley Davy                                     4 A*
  • Bethany Creamer                                  4 A*
  • Alexander Thompson                           4 A*
  • Bridie Edwards-Mowforth                     3 A*
  • Jessica Heath                                        2 A*
  • Connor Mennell                                    2 A*
  • Scarlet Hird                                           2 A*

A further 30 students achieved at least one A*.

The BTEC results at our College were outstanding with the following students achieving the top grades of at least 2 A*or equivalent:

  • Demi Lee Easter
  • Kelly Edmund
  • Jack Walters
  • Zach Clark
  • Alice Sullivan
  • James Weston
  • Danielle Walker
  • Alice Scott
  • Jack Spivey
  • Stephen Feasey
  • Michael Liversedge

Principal, Jay Trivedy, said:

"These are another set of excellent results for our College on the back of our very successful Ofsted Inspection in October.  It reflects the tremendous work that is done at our College and it is a pleasure to be able to work with such wonderful students.

The staff at Wyke show year-on-year their expertise in bringing the best out of each and every student.  Post-16 students are our sole focus and the students at Wyke show what can be achieved when the right teaching, support and facilities are there for them.

I am absolutely delighted particularly with the large number of students achieving the top grades and I know that our College will continue to provide the best possible education for the widest range of young people.  We have consistently shown what can be done in the city.  It is an engine of confidence and achievement for the future.

I am especially pleased that six of our Oxbridge applicants and most of our medical applicants have been successful.  However, I am delighted for all the students and their achievements.  I would like to thank the families and staff (teaching and non-teaching) who have been so supportive of our students."

Mr John Wilson, Chair of the Wyke Sixth Form College Corporation, added:

"Once again our students have achieved a fantastic set of results.  I congratulate them for their hard work and wish them well for the future.  Thanks must go to all the College staff for their hard work and dedication."

Pictured below are:

  • Ryan Thorne 3 x A, 1 x A* University of Oxford Law with French
  • Beth Creamer 4 x A* University of Oxford French
  • Katie Craven 3 x A University of Cambridge Psychology& Behavioural Sciences

Barton Peveril Sixth Form College

Another year of outstanding results and individual student successes is being celebrated at Barton Peveril Sixth Form College in Eastleigh, Hampshire where the class of 2014 achieved a 98.1% A*to E pass rate at A-level.

A* to C grades were netted by 76% of students with 61% of those taking the Extended Project alongside A-levels attaining A*-B.

Top A* grades in at least one subject were secured by 17% of students – a 2% rise on last year’s figure.

The college’s vocational pass rate for courses including Business, Media, Sport, IT, Health & Social Care and Performing Arts remains outstanding at 99.4% with distinction grades equivalent to A*-B at A-level achieved by a significant number of these students. Barton Peveril’s flexible approach to subject combinations supports the growing number of young people who are choosing to combine vocational and A-level qualifications in programmes tailored to their individual talents and career aspirations.

Among those with plenty to celebrate is Matt Arnold (pictured below, 18) who proved himself one of the top students in the country with four A* grades in Computing, Maths, Further Maths and Physics. Matt will take up his place to study Computer Science at Cambridge in September.

Barton Peveril principal, Jonathan Prest, said: “Results day provides a fantastic opportunity for us to celebrate the achievements of more than 1000 teenagers who have made 2014 yet another outstanding year for the college.

“Such strong exam results complete the broader picture of all that combines to make a rounded sixth form education and ensure that students continue to leave us well prepared for higher education, apprenticeships and employment.

“The class of 2014 are a credit to their teachers and to the families and friends whose support has played such an important part in their success.”

Worcester Sixth Form College

Congratulations to the students of Worcester SFC, whose high grades are bucking the national trend.

The College’s A Level pass rate of 99.3% (grades A-E) continues to be significantly higher than the national average (98.0%).  This is the twelfth year running that it has been above 98%.

High grades were up at the College, whereas nationally they have decreased this year.  50.9% of the 1396 entries by Worcester Sixth Form College students resulted in A*, A or B grades, and 78.7% resulted in an A*-C grade.

Of Worcester Sixth Form College’s 606 A Level candidates this year:

  • 603 (99.5%) gained at least one A Level;
  • 107 (18%) gained 3 B grades or better;
  • 36 students gained 3 A grades or better;
  • 7 gained at least 4 subjects at A or B, of whom 3 gained four subjects all at grade A.
  • 41 subjects out of the 49 taken (83.7%) had a 100% pass rate.

Principal, Michael Kitcatt, said “I am delighted with our results this year and would like to pay tribute once again to the hard work of our students and staff.  Our staff are all specialists in their individual A Level subjects and our experience and track record as a College are well known.  This year we have put in place extra support for our students in our Learning Resources Centre to help them even more with the development of the skills that they need for their A Level subjects.  We did this to ensure that they continued to achieve excellent results in the new environment created by the government’s decision to remove the opportunity to take exams in January and therefore to retake them in the summer.  Our increased high grades, bucking the national trend, show that this approach has borne fruit.”

The overall pass rate at the College at AS was 90.0%, compared to a national figure of 88.8% meaning that more students at the College are being successful in their first year of sixth form education than is the case nationally.

Worcester Sixth Form College is the largest sixth form in Worcestershire (state or independent).  These excellent results, achieved across entries in 49 subjects, are significantly above the national average, despite the fact that the College operates a comprehensive admissions policy, including a number of students who have not been allowed to enter local school sixth forms or have not succeeded in local independent schools.

The following students are pictured below (from left to right):

  • Anastasia Prindezis (twin) – A* grades in Chemistry and Biology, A grade in Maths and will study Veterinary Medicine at St Catharine’s College, Cambridge
  • Markos Prindezis (twin) – A* grades in Chemistry, Biology and Maths and will study Medicine at Corpus Christie College, Cambridge
  • Lydia Dean – A* grades in Biology, Chemistry, Maths and Physics and will study Medicine at Murray Edwards College, Cambridge
  • Stephanie Hawthorn – A* grade in Geography and A grades in History and Philosophy and Ethics and will study Law at Oriel College, Oxford
  • Anna Lewis – A* grades in Classical Civilisation, Chemistry and Biology and an A grade in Maths and will study Biochemistry at St Catherine’s College, Oxford.

Richard Taunton Sixth Form College

Staff and students at Richard Taunton Sixth Form College are thrilled that the high standards achieved in 2013 and endorsed by Ofsted last October have been maintained.

Gifted and talented students in our highly successful Sixth Form Academy have achieved a 100% pass rate for 2014, with 85% of them achieving A*-C grades.

At a time when the government has imposed tougher standards and removed the opportunity to sit exams in January, students have achieved a provisional overall A-Level pass rate of 98%. Over 70% of A-Level subjects have achieved a 100% pass rate.

Almost 2/3 of students have gained A*-C grades, supporting progression to highly selective universities and industrial training programmes.

Achievement on vocational programmes is also exceptional, with a 100% pass rate on Extended Diplomas (equivalent to 3 A-Levels) and 65% of students achieving high grades.

Principal Alice Wrighton said: “These results reflect the impact of the strong teaching, learning and support we offer students, as recognised by Ofsted in our 2013 inspection. It’s wonderful to see so many successful young people who are now able to progress confidently onto university and into the workplace, as a result of the excellent preparation that the college provides and the great efforts they have made.”

Results Day Highlights

  • Outstanding 100% A-Level pass rate for our Academy of Gifted and Talented students, with 85% of Academy students achieving A*-C grades

  • 98% A-Level pass rate overall, with 64% achieving A*-C grades

  • Over 70% of A-Level subjects have a 100% pass rate (30/42 subjects)

  • 100% pass rate on BTEC Extended Diplomas, with 65% achieving high grades

Rochdale Sixth Form College

This year’s Rochdale Sixth Form College A Level students are celebrating outstanding results, after achieving a 99% pass rate, above the national average - for the third year running.

Among the students celebrating is Hannah Barzinji (pictured below), who achieved four A*’s in Biology, Chemistry, Maths and The Extended Project Qualification and will be going on to study Medicine at Manchester University.

Hannah moved to the UK from Iraq at the age of three and will be the first in her family to go to University.

Student and writer, Iran Ali (pictured below) gained three A*’s in Maths, Further Maths and Physics.  She will be going to Manchester University to study Astro Physics and aspires to be an Astro Physicist.  Iran is currently writing a fantasy novel in her spare time.

90% of students who applied to university have had confirmed places.  14% of students are progressing to prestigious courses at Russell Group Universities, whilst 32% of those progressing to university are going on to student STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) subjects.

Outside of university a number of students have apprenticeships lined up in areas such as IT and engineering with prestigious companies such as Heineken and BAE Systems.  Two students have also been accepted onto the Aldi Store Management apprenticeship scheme.

Julian Appleyard, Principal at Rochdale Sixth Form College comments: “These fantastic results are a culmination of two years hard work by the students and teachers.  I’m so proud and delighted with each and every one of them.

“These excellent results give these students a strong foundation whether they are continuing with their studies at university or entering into the workforce.”

AS Level students have also achieved the best ever results at Rochdale Sixth Form College which bodes well for their A Level results in 2015.

This unprecedented success follows on from Rochdale Sixth Form College receiving an ‘Outstanding’ classification from Ofsted in all areas last year.  The college was only the second Sixth Form College in the country to receive an ‘Outstanding’ rating under the new government framework.

It was also named the best college in the country for value added performance in the Department for Education’s latest performance league tables.

The college, that only opened its doors in 2010, achieved an A level value added score of 0.48.  The value added score refers to the progress students made in subjects since joining the college. Rochdale Sixth Form College beat more than 400 Further Education colleges.

St Mary's College Blackburn

Students at St Mary’s College have been celebrating outstanding A Level and Vocational results this year. The A Level pass rate is superb at 99% alongside the phenomenal 100% Vocational pass rate. 61 subjects gained a perfect 100% pass rate achieving an extraordinary 85% high grades.


 Principal Frank Dixon said,

“We are thrilled to see the students achieve such exceptional results. Our students’ dedication to their education has allowed them to excel in all areas. It is a very proud moment for our staff who are delighted to see so many of their students receive the results they need to progress to their first choice university. We wish all our students every success in their future university studies and careers.”

“High educational standards in a community college and an exceptionally talented staff help me to ensure that students develop in body, mind and spirit and achieve excellent examination results.”


A big CONGRATULATIONS to LORENZO LEONI (above) - our TOP PERFORMER - who achieved an amazing 3 A*s in History, English Literature and Religious Studies as well as an A in Government & Politics. He is now off to study History at University College London. Lorenzo says, "I've really enjoyed my time at St Mary's. All my teachers have been absolutely brilliant!"


Elizabeth Golding and Michael Clucas succeed in their aspiration to study medicine!

Elizabeth Golding aged 18, a former student from St Augustine’s, gained an A in Biology, A in Chemistry and A in Psychology. Achieving these top grades, Elizabeth will be going to study Medicine at Nottingham University.

Alongside her dedication to her studies to achieve these exceptional grades, Elizabeth also committed herself to striving to create opportunities for others. In January, Elizabeth travelled to India on behalf of the Northern Cleft Foundation, a charity providing cleft lip and palate surgery for children and adults in India. A cleft can be completely corrected with a simple surgical procedure that could take as little as 45 minutes. The tragedy is that without corrective surgery, these children are condemned to a lifetime of isolation and suffering. Many are even abandoned or killed at birth.​

Elizabeth’s passion for music has been a further platform for her charity endeavour. Elizabeth was able to help organise a concert in aid of Action Duchenne, a charity working towards a cure for Muscular Dystrophy, raising over £200 in the process.

Elizabeth states about achieving her aspiration:

“Since being a young child I have always felt the desire to help young people, and I have a firm and simple belief that becoming a doctor would allow me to realise that dream.”

Michael Clucas aged 18, also a former student from St Augustine’s, attained an A* in Biology and A in Chemistry alongside grade A in English Language. Michael will be going to Liverpool University to study Medicine.

Like Elizabeth, Michael has offered his services to help those who are in need. He volunteered to care at the local hospice and community club, sitting and talking with patients in both these settings. Michael also volunteered at Blackburn Hospital gaining invaluable insight into the life of a doctor in how they co-ordinate care, treat patients and work in a wider healthcare team.

Michael states about achieving his aspiration:

“The prospect of life-long learning in a career for which I have such an enthusiasm excites me, and I look forward to the challenge.”

Joseph Chamberlain Sixth Form College

Joseph Chamberlain Sixth Form College are celebrating the College’s best ever exam results with students today. Students at the College in Birmingham have achieved an A-Level pass rate of 99% and a record AS pass rate of 90%, which is above the national average for Sixth Form Colleges.

Tony Day, Deputy Principal at the College says, “I am absolutely delighted with how well our students have performed today. This year’s exam results are the best the College has ever achieved and it is a testament to the dedication and commitment of our talented students and staff. The College’s AS pass rate has increased by ten per cent to 90% this year and the A2 pass rate is a record 99%. In 21 subjects, the pass rate was 100%. This means that we have some tremendous individual success stories to celebrate with students, who are looking forward to starting courses at their prestigious first choice universities in a few weeks’ time.”

Amongst this year’s success stories are the eleven students who got all As and A*s in their A2 subjects this year: Kafi Osman, Ashrafuddin Patwary, Rahima Begum, Mohammed Isse, Kishen Ladwa, Musa Abbass, Heba Ahmed, Shamas Hussain, Sanna Qureshi, Aadam Shaffique and Raadhiyah Qadir. Kafi will be studying medicine at Birmingham University; Ashrafuddin will be studying Natural Sciences at Cambridge; Rahima will be studying Audiology at Aston University; Mohammed will be studying medicine at Liverpool University and Kishen will be studying Chemical Engineering at Loughborough.

Carmel College

Another fantastic year for students at Carmel College who achieved a very  impressive 99.2% pass rate with 56.7% of grades at A*-B and 81.1% at A*-C.

Overall 77 students achieved at least 3 A* or A grades at A Level and students studying BTEC courses achieved a 100% pass rate with 78.4% of grades at Distinction* or Distinction!

This year six students will be continuing their studies at the prestigious Oxbridge Universities. These students are Aaron Brown, Jack Clough, Will Neal, Adam Roberts, Liam Simister and Daniel Thorpe.  A further eight students progressed to study Medicine, Dentistry or Veterinary Science courses.

Principal, Rob Peacock commented “This year has seen yet another tremendous set of results for our students. It has been a real privilege today to be able to share in their achievements. They are incredibly talented and two years of hard work have really paid off. I am confident that they will go on to even greater success and I wish them well for the future.”

Here is a photo of Carmel's Oxbridge students:

Brooke House Sixth Form College

Staff and students are celebrating A Level success at BSix Brooke House Sixth Form College.

Thirteen A2 subjects had a 100% pass rate:  Accounting; Anthropology; Biology; Classical Civilisation; Communication & Culture; Computing; Drama & Theatre Studies; Economics; English Language & Literature; Film Studies; Media Studies; Philosophy; and Religious Studies.

In addition to these, some subjects with large numbers of students turned in excellent performances.  Sociology is a prime example:  34 took the subject and 33 passed.  Even more impressive is the fact that 53% of them achieved high grades (A*-B), a figure 5% above the national average.

The BSix Sociology teachers, Gill Boocock and Harriett Burrows, repeated this performance at AS, the first year of the A Level course.  61 students took the AS exam and 38% of them achieved grades A*-B, 3% above the national average.

Harriett also teaches AS Anthropology which had a success rate 7% above the national average and, even more striking, is that 32% of the students achieved A*-B, 23% above the national average.

These figures, of course, are made up of dozens of individual success stories.  Siraj Patel, a resident of Clapton: the home of BSix, obtained three grades As in English Language & Literature, Government & Politics and History.  He has just featured on Sky TV, being filmed at home and opening his results at college.  He is now off to study English Literature at King’s College London, a highly competitive course at a highly competitive university.  The highest-performing student was Runhao Zhang with three A* grades, the highest grade possible, in Accounting, Further Maths and Maths.  He will be studying Maths at University College London.

“We are pleased that the College and its students continue to make significant progress”, says Ken Warman the College’s Principal. “Most of all, we are delighted that our students are now able to progress to university or to pursue their chosen career.  We now look forward to the next academic year and taking another step towards achieving our goal of being an outstanding college by 2016”.

Coverage of BSix's results can be viewed on The Guardian website and also Sky News. When watching the Sky News footage there are four separate video clips on the page all of which are BSix either exclusively or in part entitled:

  •          Record numbers off to Uni as A* grades rise
  •          Student gets his A-level results
  •          Moment of truth for London students
  •          Students A-level Results revealed

Luton Sixth Form College

While the pass mark nationally has fallen slightly for the first time in 32 years, the college has bucked that trend.

For the number of passes for both A Level and BTEC Level 3 diplomas have increased on last year.

The pass rate for A Level courses was 97% (up from 96.7% last year), with 44% of all grades awarded at A*-B.

A total of 22 of the 40 subjects offered at A Level achieved a 100% pass rate.

The BTEC Level 3 diploma pass mark was a record-breaking 99.5% (up from 97.7%).

Principal Chris Nicholls said: “I am delighted to be able to report that our exam results are even better than the very good results we had last year.

“Our A Level pass rate went up a little while, nationally, the pass rate went down for the first time in 30 years.

“Although there was a slight dip in the number of top grades awarded both nationally and at this college, we are very pleased to say that nearly half of all the A Level grades awarded here were top grades.

“The A Level, AS and BTEC results were all excellent and the net result is that, thanks to the very hard work and dedication of our staff and students, we had hundreds of smiling faces today as many of the young people of Luton were able to look forward to a very bright future.

Cherry Newbery, Chair of Governors, added her congratulations to the students and staff and noted that, once again, the college has demonstrated that it continues to be a very good choice for young people who are looking to take a big step forward in their careers.

Among the college’s high-achieving students were:

Mohammad Shah gained A* grades in maths, economics and physics, and As in history and the Extended Project Qualification. He is heading to the London School of Economics to study economics.

Also heading to the LSE is Chris Fairley. He scooped A*s in maths and the EPQ, and As in further maths, English literature and economics.

Molly Beddow, the outgoing Student Council chair. She achieved A*s in history and English language, and As in English literature, psychology and the Extended Project Qualification.

She is moving on to the University of Warwick to read law.

Kane Brawn scooped A*s in maths, further maths and physics to gain a place at the University of Warwick to read physics.

Ashton Sixth Form College

Ashton Sixth Form College is celebrating another excellent year of results. We have maintained an outstanding A-level pass rate of 99% - bucking the downward trend nationally and beating the sixth form national average. Ashton Sixth Form College is particularly delighted by the increase in students attaining the top grades in their courses – high grades (A*, A, B) have increased again this year a huge 73% of all A-Levels taken by Ashton Sixth Form Students were graded A*-C.

Three students secured places at Oxford and Cambridge universities with several others gaining places at some of the top Russell Group Institutions. One student gained a sports scholarship to study at Georgetown University and to play at LA Galaxy, following in the footsteps of many football stars. Another successful student has gained a highly competitive university level Apprenticeship with Ernst & Young, one of only a handful of students to do so.

Thirty-nine of the sixth form’s AS/A-level courses had perfect pass rates of 100% in addition to a 100% pass rate across all BTEC Level 3 Diploma courses.  48 students achieved D*D*D* (the highest grade possible) in their BTEC.

Results summary:

  • An A-level pass rate of 99%, which we have maintained for the past 4 years.
  • A 7% increase in high grades over 2 years, to take us to our highest % ever.
  • An impressive 39 AS/A-level courses have a 100% pass rate.
  • 73% of all A-level grades achieved were A* - C grades, an increase of 3% over two years and our highest ever.
  • A 100% pass rate on our BTEC courses, with around 3 /4 achieving distinction grades, and all students on BTEC Business and Performing Arts achieving distinction grades.
  • 48 students achieved D*D*D* (the highest grade possible) in their BTEC
  • This year we will see over 600 of our students progress onto over 60 different universities and many others have already taken up excellent employment opportunities.

College Principal Dr Janet Nevin was on hand to congratulate students who had come into college to collect their results:  “These results are a tribute to the commitment and hard work of students and staff across all our courses.  The excellent pass rate and the very significant percentage of students achieving top grades are evidence of the culture of high expectations which we have at Ashton Sixth Form College. I wish all of our students the best of luck as they embark on their next step to university, an apprenticeship or in to employment.”

Congratulations also to Mo Rukundo (pictured below) who prepares for an opportunity of a lifetime, to play professional football at LA Galaxy, following in the footsteps of David Beckham and Robbie Keane.

After a successful two years studying at Ashton Sixth Form College, Mo is moving to America after securing a Sports scholarship to play for LA Galaxy whilst studying for a Sport Psychology degree at Georgetown University. Read more about Mo here.

NEW College Pontefract

Staff, students, parents and Governors at NEW College Pontefract are celebrating huge successes this week with the publication of exam results which are described by John Gough, Chair of Governors, as “absolutely exceptional”.

With A level pass rates at 99.4%, high grade rates at 51% and 28 subjects out of 34 achieving a 100% pass rate, NEW College’s performance is another endorsement of its recent Ofsted Outstanding  grade.  In every area results exceed all expectations and all targets, and students’ results at AS level, which is the halfway point in the A level journey, are the strongest in the College’s history.

Behind the impressive headline figures lie many individual success stories.  These include:

Heather Hutchinson, Adam Howard and Ashley Roberts all achieved 3 A levels at A*.

Emily Hutley, Marianna Mertzanis and Riannan Singh all achieved 4 A levels with 3 of these graded A*.

Lauren Walsh and Milena Obradovic both achieved 4 A levels, 2 at A and 2 at A*.

Emily Baker achieved 5 A levels all at Grade A.

Daniel Schab, Bethan Mills and Isabella Procter all achieved 4 A levels, 3 at Grade A and 1 at A*.

Emily Owen, Jade Brown, Callum Straw, Matthew Fenton and Olivia Gardner all achieved 4 A levels  at Grade A.

George Nettleton (pictured below) has been awarded a place at the prestigious and competitive Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA), and Emily Hutley will take up a place at Oxford University.

NEW College’s Principal, Pauline Hagen, said “These results, coming shortly after our Outstanding Ofsted report, demonstrate that the College ranks as one of the very best, both locally and nationally.  Staff here, at NEW College, work incredibly hard and set very high standards which our students respond to.  Today is a day for celebration and we wish our students the very best of luck as they progress to the next stage of their lives with results of which they can feel very, very proud.”

Newham Sixth Form College

Students and staff at London’s largest sixth form college are once again celebrating excellent exam results with all-round improvements in performance this year. Newham Sixth Form College (NewVIc) has seen an increase in pass rates and high grades with a third of A-level candidates achieving the highest grades.

Two students, Gerda Kildisiute, 19, and Rumana Ali,18, have successfully gained places at Oxford University and early signs are that there will be a further increase in the number progressing to Russell group universities (60 in 2013).

The proportion of high A-level grades achieved (A*-B) is up by 5% to 33% and the college’s overall A-level pass rate is up 2% to 96%*. 19 A-level subjects achieved 100% pass rates – an increase of 8 compared to last year and 10 A-level maths candidates achieved the top grade of A*, this is 10% of the total entered.

Vocational students also excelled this year. More students than ever achieved a triple starred distinction, the highest possible grade in the level 3 BTEC extended diploma. 64 students achieved this across nine vocational areas and well over a third of all candidates achieved at least a triple Merit (MMM). A stunning 39% of mechanical engineering students achieved triple starred distinctions. Most of NewVIc’s vocational students will progress to university, in many cases on to some of the most highly-rated specialist degree courses.

NewVIc’s principal, Eddie Playfair, is delighted with these results. He said: “NewVIc continues to improve year on year and these results mean that around 800 young east Londoners will be able to realise their ambitions and progress to the university degree course of their choice. I am particularly pleased that we achieve such excellence, while remaining a comprehensive college for everyone. Unlike many sixth forms we don’t chase high scores by being super selective and we don’t define ourselves by who we keep out. Everyone has worked extremely hard for these results and this success is a result of the commitment and dedication of our great staff team and our wonderful students. It shows that we are truly a successful learning community.”

Pictured below are Gerda Kildisiute and Rumana Ali.

Gerda Kildisiute achieved A-levels in chemistry (A), maths (A), biology (A) and an AS-level in further mathematics (A). She will be studying biology at Merton College, Oxford University.

Rumana Ali,18, will be studying history at Oxford University after achieving A-levels in English literature (A*), government and politics (A) and history  (A*). She was part of the NewVIc Honours Programme and is the first person to go to university from her family. Rumana said: “I feel really happy, because my results reflect the hard work I’ve put in over the past two years. The support network at NewVIc has been amazing. Getting a place at Oxford is literally a dream come true.”

To read more about NewVic's fantastic results click here.

Sir George Monoux College

Congratulations to Sir George Monoux College who have achieved a 97% pass rate and the number of A* and Distinction grades increases.

On 14th August 2014, students and staff at Sir George Monoux College celebrated another outstanding year for examination results.  Paolo Ramella, Principal, said: “Our A Level pass rate now stands at 97% and we are delighted to see an increase in the number of A* and Distinction grades. My congratulations to all our students and staff for their hard work and commitment that has culminated in this tremendous achievement”.

A level Results Highlights

  • Sir George Monoux College achieved an outstanding 97% A Level Pass Rate.
  •  A 100% Pass Rate was achieved in A Level Business, Chemistry, Citizenship, English Language & Literature, Further Mathematics, Geography, Media, Performing Arts, Philosophy, Photography and World Development.
  • The total number of A*s gained increased, with 11 students achieving A*s in one Mathematics cohort.
  •  More than half of all students achieved A*-B grades in Geography, Philosophy, Sociology and Turkish.
  • Over a third of all students achieved A*-B grades in Chemistry, Economics, English Literature, Further Mathematics, Law, Mathematics and World Development.
  •  There was an impressive number of students gaining ABB grades and above, setting them in good stead for entrance into the elite Russell Group universities.

BTEC Results Highlights

  • 100% Pass Rates were achieved in BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma Art and Design, IT, Media, Performing Arts and Sport.
  • The total number of D*D*D* to DD grades increased overall in BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma.
  • More than three quarters of IT students and two thirds of Health & Social Care students achieved D*D*D* to Distinction in Level 3 Extended Diploma.
  • In BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma, 100% Pass Rates were achieved in Business, Music and Performing Arts, whilst in BTEC Level 3 Certificates, Music and Performing Arts both achieved 100% Pass Rates.

Student Case Studies

 With the number of A* grades increasing, there are many examples of outstanding success; examples available upon request.

Key facts

  • Sir George Monoux College is ranked as the 2nd best sixth form college in London for Value Added by the Department of Education
  • The College is graded “Good” with “Outstanding” by Ofsted (2013).
  • Over 600 students progress to university education every year.

Keano Robinson (pictured below)

  • Cambridge-bound Keano Robinson, achieved a remarkable A* in Mathematics and 3 A grades in A Level Biology, Chemistry and Physics.
  • Keano will be studying Chemical Engineering at Trinity Hall, University Of Cambridge.
  • Keano, said: "The teachers at Monoux are so very helpful and supportive!"
  • Keano was an overseas student.
  • Mr Ramella, Principal said “I would particularly like to congratulate Keano Robinson for achieving an A* and 3 A’s, securing his place at the University Of Cambridge”.

Elif Kurtulus

  •  Elif Kurtulus achieved two A*s in Mathematics and Turkish, and an A grade in Further Mathematics, in addition to a B grade in Economics.
  • The former Leytonstone School pupil will now studying Mathematical Statistics and Financial Economics at Queen Mary, University of London
  • Elif said, "Monoux teachers are so helpful, I really enjoyed my time at the College!"

Suad Kamardeen

  • Suad Kamardeen achieved a brilliant A* grade in Mathematics, two A grades in Chemistry and Further Maths and a B in Physics.
  •  She will now be studying Chemical Engineering at University of Birmingham.
  • Suad said, "The teachers were amazing!  My time at Monoux was incredible."
  • Former Eastbrook Comprehensive School pupil.

Sulaman Azhar

  • Sulaman Azhar achieved an A* in A Level Economics and two A grades in Mathematics and Physics, as well as an A grades in AS Level Further Maths.
  • The former Willowfiled School pupil will now be studying Economics at the London School of Economics.
  • Sulaman said, "The great teachers and facilities really help you to achieve here."

Zahra Hussain

  • Zahra Hussain achieved an incredible two A* grades in Biology and Mathematics, plus an A grade in Chemistry.
  • She will now be undertaking a career in Medicine.
  •  Zahra said, "I really enjoyed my time here, the teachers have been very supportive."
  •  Zahra is following in the footsteps of her two sisters who also successfully graduated from Sir George Monoux College
  • The aspiring future doctor is a former Walthamstow School for Girls pupil.

Hamza Karim

  • Hamza achieved two A*s in Chemistry and Mathematics and an A grade in Biology.
  • Hamza, a former Lammas School pupil will now be studying for dentistry.
  • Hamza said “The teachers are really brilliant here!

Courteney Weekes

  • Courteney achieved three A grades in Philosophy, Psychology and Sociology.
  • Courteney will now be studying Psychology at University of Birmingham.
  • Courteney, a former Mount Carmel School pupil said "If you work hard from day one and it really pays off!"

Zuryaab Syed

  • Zuryaab gained 3 A grades in English Literature, History and Economics.
  • The aspiring Lawyer will now be studying LLB Law at Queen Mary, University of London.
  • Zuryaab is a former Fredrick Bremer School pupil.
  • Zuryaab said "Monoux has brilliant teaching! They give you lots of extra support all round and its was a pleasure studying here!  This is a great College and they provide you with the right tools you need for success".

Bilborough College

Congratulations to Bilborough College for their set of results.

Bilborough College students have maintained an impressive 98% A Level pass rate for the 11th consecutive year with 21 of the subjects on offer achieving a pass rate of 100%.

A total of 679 students took A Levels in summer 2014 and 8% of entries achieved grade A*, an improvement of 2% on last year bucking the national trend.

Twenty-three per cent of entries achieved A*- A while 47% of entries achieved grades A*-B, which also represents a slight increase. A total of 27 of the college’s students achieved 4 A and A* grades.

Principal Chris Bradford said “Our students will be well-placed to take the next steps in their careers on the basis of these results. They have worked very hard to achieve them, ably supported by our dedicated and skilled teachers and support staff

“We’re delighted that, once again, so many of our students have done so well. Although some students come to us with outstanding GCSE results we also offer places to those with a minimum of 5 grade C passes and we have some excellent outcomes right across the board. It’s great to see students moving on to such positive destinations at university or into employment.

“Following on from the excellent International Baccalaureate Diploma results in July, this news is particularly encouraging.

“I congratulate all our students. We’ll be offering advice and support to anyone who needs to use Clearing or may have done better than they expected and wants to consider other options over the next few days.

“Meanwhile we will be welcoming the next cohort of Year 12 students when they come to enrol on 21st and 22nd August.”

In particular congratulations to twin brothers from Beeston are both heading to Oxford University to study history after achieving almost mirror image marks in their A-levels at Bilborough College.

Identical twins Isaac and Jacob Vivian (both 18) were offered places at Oxford on the condition they got three A grades, which they both achieved.

Isaac got an A* in Religious Studies and A grades in History and Geography and Critical Thinking AS-level. He will go on to study History (Ancient and Modern).

Jacob got an A* in Government and Politics and A grades in Geography and History and a B in Religious Studies and will study History and Politics at Oxford.

Jacob said: “We didn’t plan to go to the same University, Oxford was the only same choice we had. Now we’ll make sure we meet up at least once a week- we’re going to be a lot closer together than we imagined.

“We lived in China for a quite a long time because of our parents’ jobs and were home schooled but came back to Nottingham to do our A-Levels.

“We’ve always been competitive as brothers over the years. It’s probably got a bit friendlier as we’ve got older but we’ve still tried to work out who’s done the best. We have a lot of similar interests and share a lot of classes together so it’s a friendly rivalry.”

Isaac said: “I’ve really enjoyed Bilborough. The first year you get used to the new surroundings and people and then really get to know your teachers more and start being yourself. My teachers have been brilliant, especially in History where I knew I needed to get an A so they gave me lots of support.

“I’m really looking forward to going to Oxford, getting to know new people and making friends and getting involved in the sports teams, particularly football and table tennis. It will be very challenging but that’s something I’m looking forward to.”

Jacob added: “I’m looking forward to living independently, getting to know people and making friends. We do lots of things together and have similar interests. It’s only recently we’ve started doing different things away from each other. We’re both very excited and eager to get started.

“Our colleges aren’t too far away from each other so we’ll make sure we see each other.”

St Brendan's Sixth Form College

St Brendan’s Sixth Form College is celebrating another year of great results.  As the largest provider of A-levels in the region a total of 1452 students sat either A-level or AS level subject exams this summer. A-level pass rate was 96.9%, a 0.5% increase over last year, with over 65% of students achieving A*- C grades. AS results were again very good, with a 87% pass rate, and 54% of the students achieving A* - C grades (a 4% increase over last year).  In 34 subjects there was a 100% pass rate. 

Michael Jaffrain (Principal) commented; “These results together with the 100% achievement in the International Baccalaureate and the Extended Project Qualification, and the 98.6% BTEC passes, are excellent.  We have been working very hard at ensuring that we have a range of courses and subjects which stretch and challenge students, whatever their aspirations for the future.”

A number of students have flourished in all of their respective subjects and 21 of them are toasting the fact that they have been awarded A*s or A grades for three or more of their A-level subjects. Katarzyna Rozycka, Nancy Williams, Kit Sainsbury and Louisa Helliker are amongst St Brendan’s star students this year.  Katarzyna’s hard work and commitment paid dividends as she achieved 3 A* grades, in Biology, Chemistry and Maths, and 2 A grades in Physics and Polish. Katarzyna, a former student of St Gregory’s, is planning to spend next year gaining some practical medical experience before going onto study Medicine at University. Nancy William a former student of Winterbourne International Academy achieved an A* and 2 A grades in Mathematics, History and Biology and is now looking forward to starting Cambridge University where she will be studying History. Kit Sainsbury, a former student of Bristol Cathedral Choir School, achieved 3 A* grades in French, German and Spanish, and a B in Maths.  Kit will now be going on to study Languages at Exeter University. Louisa Helliker, a former student of Downend School, achieved 2 A* and 2 A grades and is going on to study History at Southampton University.

Not all students are heading to a UK University though.  Benji Cooper (pictured below), formerly of City Academy, has received an A* in Biology, an A in his Science EPQ, a B in Physics and a Distinction Star in his Music Performing BTEC, has been awarded a place at Macalester College, a top US University where he  will be studying Neurobiology.

Michael Jaffrain, finished by commenting, “I am delighted that for yet another year, our students and staff have worked really well to achieve these fantastic results.  Not only have we got great results across the board but we also have remarkable individual achievements”.

Alton College

Alton College students are celebrating results above the national average again this year with a 99% pass rate at both A level and BTEC Extended Diploma.

At 53%, more than half of all students taking A levels achieved the very top grades of A*- B and nearly 80% overall celebrated high grades of A* - C. In addition, Alton College has beaten the national average at the very highest grades of A* - A and in BTEC nearly 87% achieved the highest grades.

Over 38 subjects in total achieved a 100% pass rate. Results in subjects such as English, Mathematics, Sciences, Modern Languages, Humanities. the Performing Arts and Creative Arts were particularly notable for their success.

Hatty Cooper, previously at Amery Hill school who took A levels in Biology, Chemistry and Maths, as well as the Extended Project, received A*, A*, A and A* respectively and so will take up her place at Magdalen College, University of Cambridge to study Medicine.

Joe Laker, previously at Robert May’s School studied the BTEC Extended Diploma in Engineering and received the maximum of 3 Distinction* grades. Thanks to the Further Maths module that Alton College allows students to do alongside their Engineering, Joe will take up his place at the University of Leeds to study a MEng in Mechanical Engineering. Joe was in good company as 13 out of 20 BTEC Extended Diploma Engineering students achieved 3 Distinction* grades!

In the fields of Performing Arts and the Creative Arts, students have excelled themselves in achieving entry to the most prestigious and specialist conservatoires, Olivia Paynter, previously at Perins School, who studied English Language, Physical Education, Psychology and Dance has been accepted to study at the prestigious Royal Academy of Dance.  Amongst others, Josh Humphrey had gained a coveted place at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of College of Music and Dance to study Music Composition.

Other notable individual successes are:

Natalie Jones, formerly of Weydon School achieved A*s in English Literature and the Extended Project and A grades in English Language and Philosophy. She is moving on to study English at New College, Oxford.

Daisie Langford, formerly of The Petersfield School gained A*s in Maths and Physics and A grades in Further Maths and English Language.  She is going to study Physics at Durham University.

Fin Loh, previously from Bohunt School is progressing to the University of Cambridge to read Geography, having achieved A* in Maths, A in Geography and an A grade in Spanish.

Principal Jane Machell was thrilled for the students and said: “I am delighted with the students’ outstanding success. The results are testament to the huge effort, hard work and determination of our students and the staff at the College. I am proud that our students have maintained consistently high standards yet again and heartily congratulate them.”

Havering Sixth Form College

Congratulations to Havering Sixth Form College on their results, speaking on his college's performance, Paul Wakeling said:

I am delighted with the overall pass rate of 97.2%. This is another year of fantastic results for students at Havering Sixth Form College with a total of 232 A* and A grades and a 100% pass rate in 28 subjects.

Our students will be well placed to progress to good universities. We have 4 students gaining a place at either Oxford or Cambridge and one student has a place at Ivy League University, Princeton in the USA. Many students will also take up excellent employment opportunities.

It is very encouraging that the hard work and fantastic learning that has taken place in College this year has been rewarded by such excellent results.

Havering Sixth Form College has a very broad curriculum and welcomes students of all abilities. To see so many students achieving such good results on a variety of learning programmes is truly inspiring.

Some top performing students:

Five Havering Sixth Form College students have excelled in their A Level results and gained places at three of the most prestigious universities in the world.

Matthew Greenhill, 18, from Hornchurch, formerly of Hall Mead School, achieved 4 A*s in Classical Civilisation, History, Sociology and Extended Project. He is going to Cambridge University to study Politics.

Kai-Yin Wong, 18, from Hornchurch, formerly of Abbs Cross School, achieved 3 A* grades in Maths, Biology and Chemistry and will be studying at Imperial College London.

Samantha Dilley, 18, from Hornchurch, formerly of Abbs Cross School, overcame Dyslexia to achieve 2 A* grades, 1 A grade and 1 C in Graphics, Photography, Extended Project and Applied ICT. She will be starting a Foundation Course in Art & Design at the London College of Communication.

Lee Robertson, 18, from Romford, achieved 2 A*s and 2 As in Government & Politics, History, Psychology and Extended Project. He is also going to Cambridge University to study Politics.

Kalvir Kalsi, 18, from Hornchurch, formerly of Hall Mead School, achieved 2 A* and 2 A grades in Chemistry, Maths, Biology and Psychology.

Gage Rull, 18, from Leystonstone, achieved 4 straight A grades in Classical Civilisation, History, Maths and Extended Project. He will be studying Classics at Oxford Univeristy.

Fey Popoola, 18, formerly of Gaynes School, Upminster, will be studying for a degree in Liberal Arts at Ivy League University, Princeton, in America, after completing a gap year. Fey achieved 3 A grades in English Literature, French and Maths.

Hannah Lindsay, 18, who was home educated before starting College, will study for a degree in Politics at the University of York after achieving 1 A*, 2 A and 1 C grades in General Studies, History, Government & Politics and French.

Former Hall Mead School student Matthew Greenhill, 18, from Hornchurch, achieved 4 A*s and will be studying Politics at Cambridge University.

Joining him at Cambridge will be former Emerson Park School pupil Lee Robertson, from Romford, who achieved 2 A*s and 2 A grades, and ex Brittons School pupil Michael Warman, who gained 2 A* a B and a C grade.

Classical Civilisation specialist Gage Rull, from Leytonstone, will be going to Oxford to study Classics after achieving 4 straight A grades and Fey Popoola, formerly of Gaynes School, Upminster, is USA-bound after securing a place at the Ivy League University, Princeton, to study Liberal Arts. Fey achieved 3 A grades in English Literature, French and Maths.

A clearly delighted Matthew said: “It feels fantastic. I’m really excited knowing I will be starting at Cambridge as it has been a long time ambition of mine.

“I did work hard – I put my social life on hold and did nothing but study for months, but it has been well worth it. I have really enjoyed my time at Havering Sixth Form. I didn’t even apply to go anywhere else because I liked the atmosphere when I visited and the fact that you are treated in an adult way and have more opportunity for individual study.”

Lee said: “I just can’t believe it. I’m so happy. I did find it difficult at revision time but the effort and sacrifices I made have paid off. I’m now definitely going out to celebrate!”

Gage added: “It is so good, I’ve had a great college experience and this has capped it off. I didn’t get too stressed beforehand, I tried not to worry too much and to take it easy and I’m just glad it has all worked out well.”

Fey said she was looking forward to a new life in America when she begins at Princeton after her gap year.

She said: “I prepared myself and got very organized to give myself the best chance possible of doing well. I am really excited about going to live and study in America.”

Her mum Tola Popoola added: “She is so hard on herself, she studied and studied. During the revision and exam period she had a timetable telling her when to sleep, when to eat and when to study – she was so organized. Whatever she does she has to do it to the best of her ability, she is amazing.

“I will miss her when she goes to the USA but it will give me an excuse to keep going over there for shopping trips!”

The College of Richard Collyer

Results Day 2014 was an excellent first day at Collyer’s for principal designate Sally Bromley.  “Students were able to access their results on line from 7 AM, so we weren’t sure if students would still come in to pick up their results slips.  I take up the post of Principal at Collyer’s from 1st September but I couldn’t miss the excitement and buzz of results day.  Many of our students live outside of Horsham and we didn’t know if they would make the effort to come in but they did – in droves – mostly it seemed to celebrate with their friends and teachers and hold the physical evidence of their results in their hands.”  Students at Collyer’s bucked the national trend and increased their A2 pass rate by 0.5% to 99% with 58% of students achieving A*-B.  Dr Jackie Johnson who will be retiring at the end of August after ten years as Principal at Collyer’s said “This is an outstanding achievement for students, teachers and of course the parents!  I’m so pleased to be able to leave the college on such a high.”

Lowestoft Sixth Form College

Principal Yolanda Botham said: ‘I am delighted  that the collective effort and commitment  of Lowestoft sixth form college staff and students is reflected today in our best results yet. 24 separate A level subjects achieved a brilliant 100% pass rate, our vocational students have excelled too with 21 achieving the highest possible award of triple and double Distinction star ( equivalent to A* A* A*) and we have our first student off to Cambridge university to read Law! We have achieved this as a small, inclusive, non-selective local college.

Peter Symonds College

Peter Symonds College's 2014 results are once again truly outstanding. Principal, Stephen Carville said "Year after year, our students achieve truly remarkable results and this year is no exception. It is a privilege to be the Principal of such an outstanding college as Peter Symonds. I am so proud of what our excellent students and staff have achieved."


  • Top A* grades in at least one subject were gained by 23.5% of our students and 50% of students got at least one A* or A.
  • 33% of grades at A level were either A* or A.
  • Students gained over 602 A* grades. These very top grades account for just short of 12% of the total grades at A level. This represents a further improvement on the already high proportion of A*grades last year.
  • Nearly two thirds of A level grades were either A*, A or B grades (62%). These are the grades needed to gain a place in Britain’s very best universities.
  • 17 Students scored a remarkable 700 or more UCAS points; (i.e. the equivalent of an astounding 5 or more full A levels at the very top A* grade).

Prior Pursglove College

Staff and students at Prior Pursglove College are celebrating the best results ever achieved in the distinguished college’s 450-year history.

Of the college’s 1,145 A-level entries more than half achieved grades of A* to B, while 22 students achieved straight As and A*s in their chosen subjects, and the college’s total overall A-level pass rate rose from 97% to 99%.

Principal Judy Burton said results were strong across the college’s 44 subjects, with 75% of subject areas receiving a 100% pass rate.

“The college is renowned as a hub for science, technology, engineering and maths, and we have achieved outstanding results in these areas, as well as success across all other subjects,” she said.

“These results clearly demonstrate why students choose to study at Prior. This year many of our students have achieved such good grades that they will be able to pick and choose what universities they study at.

“The message is clear: if you have the ambition to aim high, Prior can take you to the top.”

On a day of success, other achievements included:

  • Biology, physics and chemistry saw double digit increases in pass rates
  • Students studying maths achieved a 100% pass rate, with 60% of those passes at grade B or higher
  • There was a 100% pass rate across English language, literature and combined studies courses, with high grades across the three subjects

Principal Judy Burton added that the results demonstrated the hard work of staff and students, and the college’s commitment to excellence.

“Prior is a great place to come and study. We have an outstanding track record of getting our students to some of the best universities in the country, some of last year’s students are now studying law at Durham, science at Cambridge and medicine at Bristol,” she said.

“Motivating student success is at the core of our work. I am very proud of today’s results. They demonstrate that Prior’s tradition of getting its students into the best universities continues.

“We have one of the most open access policies of any college in the country, every year welcoming more than 800 new students through our doors.”

Following their outstanding results the following Prior students will be studying at Oxbridge universities next year:

  • Lucy Allison will study biomedical sciences at Oxford
  • Andrew Tweddle will study mathematics at Oxford
  • Thomas Preston will study medicine at Cambridge

The college also received a 98% pass rate for BTEC National Diplomas, with 67% of these at the distinction grade or above.

Lauren Pengilley (pictured below), 18, from Marske, got an A* in biology, an A in chemistry and an A* in geography, and has been accepted to study dentistry at Glasgow University. She said it had been an emotional experience checking her results online, before attending the college to see her friends.

“My parents cried with me this morning, they were so pleased. I have been breathing revision since Easter, so it’s great that all the hard work has paid off.

“I’ve always wanted to be a dentist and have been travelling all over the county looking at potential dental schools.

“I decided to choose Glasgow because I really liked the appeal of being in a big city. When I visited everyone there was so friendly, I felt at home.

“I would like to thank all my teachers, especially my biology teacher. It was hard work, but she made sure everyone was well prepared. I think we studied every past paper from the last 10 years.

“While I was revising I was at the college every day from 9am until 5pm, then for the last month before exams I was also studying from 6pm until midnight.

“My parents and my whole family are over the moon. They have all been phoning me today to say well done. Everyone knew how much it meant to me.”

Lauren now plans to have a study break between now and September and recharge her batteries before she starts at Glasgow in September.

Prior Pursglove College student Glenn Foster (pictured below), 21, from Marton, Middlesbrough, suffers from autism, and was elated to be accepted for a history course at Newcastle University after archiving As in history and politics, and a distinction* in his BTEC business course. Glenn said no-one had expected him to get such good results. “I had to leave primary school early and went to Beverley school (a specialist autism school in Saltersgill) where I struggled to get grades.

“I decided to come to Prior after they said I would be able to study here if I sat my English GCSEs first. I did that and passed and have been studying hard ever since.

“I’m so grateful for the help that I’ve received. I’ve worked exceptionally hard, and could not have done it without the support of Prior’s teachers.”

“I knew I’d put in the work, and had already got really good grades with my AS levels the year before. I’d been predicted to get Es but got As instead. It was a massive achievement for me.

“Before these exams I’d been revising six hours a day in addition to my time at college. I think I made 14 stacks of flash cards to help me revise, and just went about memorising as many facts and figures as possible, and getting friends and family to keep testing me on them.

“I chose Prior Pursglove College because it seemed much nicer than Middlesbrough College, with a more relaxed environment.

“The teachers were fabulous, they were so clear and concise in their teaching and that helped me get the grade that I did. It was a completely different environment and I thrived in it.”

Glenn said he decided to choose Newcastle because it offered a diverse history syllabus, with a variety of courses from the early modern period. He says he now plans to work to get as good a grade as possible at university, and that he might consider a masters degree in history.

Sister Erin Foster, 31, said: “We’re all so proud of him, and very grateful of the hard work and time that college staff have given him, especially the learning support team.”

Portsmouth College

Students and staff at Portsmouth College are today celebrating news of outstanding results for A levels, with an overall pass rate of 98% for full-time A level students and 40% at grades A*-B.  These figures sustain the now long-standing record of excellent A level results at the City’s sixth form college.

The College welcomes a high proportion of its students from partner schools in the City and is delighted to be a key player in their progression from success at school through to today’s fantastic results and, in many cases, their achievement in securing first choice places at university.

Summary of statistics:

98%                 Pass rate for full-time A level students

40%                 Students achieving the top grades, A*-B

68%                 Students achieving grades A-C

Principal, Steve Frampton, expressed his delight for our students and their parents, and for the College:

“I am tremendously proud of our brilliant students, their parents and our staff on this wonderful day for the College.  All of their hard work has been justly rewarded and the great majority of our students will now progress to university or their chosen vocation with confidence. 

“I am delighted that the College has again been able to maintain its excellent record for academic success at advanced level.  This shows that we have succeeded in developing our most essential business; the quality of teaching and learning.  The coming year offer further great potential in this respect as we introduce our exciting personalised learning strategy, based on iPad technology.”

“These results also confirm the great benefits of our strong partnerships with local schools and other educational colleagues in the city, which allow our students to make an easy and confident transition from school to college.” 

The Blackpool Sixth Form College

The Blackpool Sixth Form College is celebrating an excellent set of A level and BTEC results this year.  The A level pass rate has remained at 99% and has risen to 100% for BTEC courses.  With over 900 students taking their final exams this year, such a consistently high level of achievement is all the more remarkable.

Twenty-six of the sixth form’s A level courses had perfect pass rates of 100% in addition to twenty-seven of its BTEC Level 3 Diploma courses.  52% of entries received a high grade.  Many courses recorded exceptionally high results such as Fine Art with 65% of students obtaining an A* or A.  Three quarters of all the 601 BTEC Level 3 entries were graded at distinction star level.

The many notable individual successes included, Gemma Collins, who had already secured a remarkable place at Harvard University before her A level results were published, one of only a handful of UK students to do so this year.

Principal Felicity Greeves commented, “Once again this year our students have shown that their commitment and hard work does pay off. These results are a tribute to the dedication of our staff and their brilliant work with our students over two years.  The pass rate and the very significant percentage of students achieving top grades are evidence of the high expectations we have at Blackpool Sixth.”

Queen Mary's College

As a result of the hard work that students have put into their studies, QMC students have once again gained excellent results with the overall A Level pass rate being 99% and with almost 80% of the A Level courses achieving a 100% pass rate. Queen Mary’s College has a reputation for excellent results but this year the College has seen students getting better grades than ever before with almost half of all grades awarded being high grades (A* - B).

Principal Ali Foss, who is in her first year leading the College, commented “It is extremely pleasing to have such exceptional results right across the curriculum. The 2014 National League tables, published earlier this year also demonstrated that our students achieve higher grades in relation to their individual starting points than from any other sixth form college in Hampshire. Staff and students should feel very proud of their achievements.”

Among the subjects that have gained especially good results this year are Maths, Sciences, Languages, Art and English, with many students achieving full marks in their individual papers.  In addition to their A levels many students choose to take the prestigious Extended Project Qualification, and this year over 50% gained A* or A grades.

Student April La, who came to QMC from The Costello School, has successfully secured her place to study Law at Oxford University. After seeing her results April commented: “I’m so excited! The hard work has finally paid off. I have received an exceptional quality of support and have found that the teachers are very passionate about what they do. I’ll miss QMC so much and I am so grateful for everything they have done for me.”

Anthony Bridgen was also amongst the excited students today as his exceptional results mean he will be attending Cambridge University to study Natural Sciences. Anthony scored full marks in 8 out of the 9 A Level papers he sat this summer. Upon seeing his results Anthony commented: “I’m really happy and my experience at QMC has been a good one, I have learned to balance academic success with making excellent friends and become more outgoing along the way. It is a place where anyone who works hard has the opportunity to succeed.

The AS Level (the first year of the full A Level qualification) exam results were also published today, showing that nearly 60% of all AS Levels sat were graded A – C. Students taking BTEC courses also achieved excellent results, with pass rates of over 95% for all course types.

After studying a BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Business, Emily Snadden has just accepted an offer from her first choice, Liverpool University.  Emily is pleased with her results and said: “I am extremely happy with what I have achieved at QMC and don’t believe that I would have done as well if I had gone to any other college. QMC made me see and strive to my full potential, achieving the results which were higher than I had aimed for. QMC is somewhere you will be nervous of starting, but sad to be leaving.”

The College’s excellent exam results once again demonstrate that Queen Mary’s College is an outstanding provider of sixth form education for students. QMC is one of the most successful sixth form colleges in Hampshire with many students gaining better AS and A Level grades than predicted, based on their GCSE results. The National League Tables published earlier this year showed that Queen Mary’s achieved the highest “value-added” score of any sixth form college in Hampshire.

Every year around 85% of students from QMC apply and gain places at university, and this year is no exception. Having completed their A Levels many QMC students have secured places on a wide range of degree courses at top selecting universities including Oxford University and Cambridge University.

Bolton Sixth Form College

Bolton Sixth Form College celebrates a set of excellent results with an overall pass rate of 97% at A Level and 100% on vocational subjects.

At AS Level there was a 5% increase in the high grades which the College now anticipates will place it in the top 10% of schools and colleges nationally in terms of value added.

  • Over 80% of students will continue their studies at university.
  • Endorsed by OFSTED as a Good College equipping students through the high standards of teaching, pastoral and enrichment provision with the skills necessary to move on to both university and the workplace.
  • 1st choice destination for 16-19 year olds in Bolton.
  • Many will now go on to study at the top universities such as Durham, Manchester, Birmingham and Lancaster. They will be taking up offers of places to study a wide variety of courses including Accountancy, Philosophy, Audiology, Law, Pharmacy and Biochemistry, a number of our high achieving students have also been accepted on higher apprenticeship programmes.

Student profiles

Hassan Imram

Hassan achieved the following results and is going to study Aerospace Engineering at The University of Manchester

A Level Mathematics A*
A Level Further Mathematics A*
A Level Biology A*
A Level Chemistry A
A Level Physics A*
A Level German A

Shanice Black

Shanice achieved D*D*D* in BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care and is going to study at the University of Bolton along with her guide dog Claud.

Jack Brayshaw

Jack achieved a grade A in A Level Film Studies, English Literature and Media Studies and is going to Lancaster University to study English, Film and Creative Writing.

Alia and Aria Khan

Twins Alia and Aria Khan both achieved an A grade and 2Bs in their A levels and will both be studying Law at The University of Manchester.

Amy Hobbs

Amy achieved an A* in English Language and Literature, an A in Religious Studies and a B in Psychology. And is going to study Philosophy at Lancaster University.

“The courses have been really challenging and I have learnt how to work independently and develop my knowledge.”