A-level results day 2018

A-level success for Bexhill College 

An outstanding 99.2% pass rate at A Level celebrated the 25th year of achieving fantastic A Level results for Bexhill College. On Thursday 16th August, yet again, the College delivered another excellent set of A Level and vocational level 3 exam results which are a credit to the students who took their exams this summer.

This excellent performance continues the College’s history of academic achievement and marks improving results year on year, which are above the national rates. Such performance confirms Bexhill College’s long standing status as one of the best College’s in Sussex and the top performing Sixth Form College in the area.

Results beat expected national averages for both A Level and AS qualifications. The College had approximately 1000 A Level entries this summer in 46 subjects. Of these, 42 subjects achieved an impressive 100% pass rate, including Chemistry, Physics, Business Studies, all three English A Levels, Modern History, Further Maths, Economics, PE, Film Studies, Drama, French and Geography. An additional three subjects achieved pass rates in the high 90’s. This is a fantastic achievement for a non-selective College, which prides itself on being open access and providing opportunities for students of all abilities.

The new linear A Level exams require students to take ten to twelve exams over a two to three-week period which is a significant challenge and the results should not be under-estimated.
Alongside A Levels, almost 880 entries for a wide range of Level 3 vocational qualifications this summer, with 551 students completing an extended diploma. These results have also been excellent with many students achieving distinction stars in their Extended Diplomas, including Business, IT, Applied Science, Sports Science, Performing Arts and Music, Health and Social Care and Travel and Tourism. These results are equivalent to three A grades at A Level and lead to places in top universities.
There were many incredible individual achievements across a whole range of academic and vocational subjects. As usual, a significant number of students achieved straight A grades in all exams taken with 50% of the student entries achieving top grades of A*-B which contributed to 81% of the entries achieving A*- C.

College Principal, Karen Hucker, commented:

“The performance of our students this year has been outstanding and reflects an incredible amount of hard work by students and teachers plus a lot of support from parents. It is a fantastic achievement for all given the increase in challenge
in many of the exams following changes to the way they are assessed. This has placed more pressure on students being able to perform well under exam conditions.
We are delighted that so many students achieved the success they deserve with us at Bexhill College. These achievements will provide students with significant opportunities in the future and we are very proud of each and every individual performance.”

These results bring another successful year for Bexhill College to a conclusion as the College continues to go from strength to strength.

This continuing success has led to strong applications for September from young people in the area and from further afield. The College is looking forward to providing them with outstanding opportunities and ensuring high levels of success over the next year. With this level of performance at Bexhill College, why would students study anywhere else!


Exciting futures ahead for successful St Brendan’s students!


St Brendan’s Sixth Form College is celebrating another year of amazing achievement today, as students collect their A-level results. It is the largest Sixth Form College in the Bristol-Bath-South Gloucestershire region, with a total of 1652 A-level results being collected. St Brendan’s is now thrilled to be celebrating their well-deserved accomplishments.

This year St Brendan’s A-level pass rate is an impressive 97%. The College provides students with a huge choice of 38 different A-level courses, and this year 22 of those subjects are boasting a 100% pass rate. As well as A-levels, St Brendan’s also offers a diverse range of Applied General courses and these results were also outstanding, with 88% of students securing high grades of Distinction and Distinction*.
Proud Principal, Michael Jaffrain, commented on the results, “We have had another excellent year of results and I am very proud of my students and staff for all that they have achieved.  As well as an excellent overall pass rate, we also saw a rise in the number of students achieving A* - A grades, which is fantastic news. We were particularly pleased with our results in Further Maths, Law, Physics, Politics, Biology, Health and Social Care, Spanish, Computing and Philosophy.  I am also delighted for all of our Oxbridge students, to see their hard work and determination payoff is one of the many highlights for me as Principal and I am thrilled that we could help them on their journey to such success!’
Richard Taunton achieve high grades and pass rates!

Some of the stand out achievements include:

  • The majority of A Level subjects achieved 100% pass rate.
  • We secured 100% pass rate on our level three vocational courses.
  • Level three vocational course results comprised 76% high grades (distinction and distinction*).
  • Excellent results were also seen across level three applied subjects such as criminology, applied law, childcare, creative and performing arts as well as sport.

Alice Wrighton, outgoing Principal of Richard Taunton, says, “I am absolutely delighted that so many students secured excellent grades on both A Level and vocational programmes this year.  

Despite the fact that level three courses have become more rigorous and demanding with a far greater reliance on assessment by exams, together with the removal of the AS element, I’m really pleased that our students and staff have risen to the challenge. We have maintained strong pass rates overall, with 100% achieved across all vocational courses and the majority of A Levels.

Today we will be celebrating hundreds of individual success stories within our diverse community.  For me, the successful personal development and progression of every single student into the next phase of life is what it’s all about. Some students have overcome personal barriers to learning and achieved amazing success this year, opening doors to careers and universities that they never imagined they could access.  Others have perhaps followed a more conventional path but have been stretched and challenged to reach the very highest levels of academic success. I am hugely proud of them all and I could not have wished for a better way to celebrate my career in education than to be part of the excitement on this, my final ‘official’ day in college”.


Top grades at King Edward VI college!

Staff and students at King Edward VI College in Stourbridge are celebrating this year’s results, with more than 900 students gaining excellent A-level grades. 

With an overall pass rate of 98.8% and an A* – C pass rate of 82%, the headline results are well above national averages.  In addition, the college boasts a 100% pass rate in 22 subjects.

Many students celebrated top grades across the board, with 88 students gaining three or more A*/A grades and 25 students achieving two or more of the coveted top A* grades.

Outstanding individual performances included the following ten students, who all gained four or more A*/A grades:

  • Yutong Han (Overseas)
  • Matthew Dingley (Redhill School)
  • Peter Ingarfield (Drotwich Spa High School)
  • Matthew Jones (King Charles I School)
  • Bawan Kamil (Oldbury Academy)
  • Esther Laver (King Edward’s Five Ways)
  • Tristan McCallum (Lacon Childe School)
  • Cameron Parkes (The Wordsley School)
  • Oliver Tonks (Baxter College)
  • Yik Ming Wong (Overseas)

Reflecting on today’s results, King Ed’s principal Remley Mann said: “I want to congratulate all of our students on their excellent results – I am delighted to see so many bright young people achieve their ambitions.  Our dedicated staff pride themselves on giving students the individual support they need to do their very best and these results show our approach works.  The students are a real credit to themselves, their families and the College.”


A-level success for The Sixth Form College, Solihull

The Sixth Form College, Solihull is celebrating hundreds of starred grades, as A level results were announced nationwide today. The College, which is part of the Ninestiles Academy Trust, has achieved an impressive 394 starred grades (A* at A level and Distinction* at BTEC level).

Hundreds of students are looking forward to their future careers thanks to their success, with 177 of our students having achieved all top grades at advanced level (A/A* at A Level or BTEC Distinction/Distinction*). In addition, 459 students achieved all A*-C grades at A level or Merit and above at BTEC. 20 advanced level courses have achieved a 100% pass rate, with success also achieved on BTEC courses, the results of which were confirmed last month.                  

College Principal Martin Sullivan commented, “Congratulations to both the students and staff for their hard work over the last two years. Those that have achieved the very top grades have done so because of their dedication, support from their teachers and their commitment to independent study. These high achievers are among the best students in the country and can look forward to progressing to some of the top universities in the country on a range of highly competitive courses.”

The majority of students at The Sixth Form College, Solihull choose to progress to university and they are progressing to study a huge variety of subjects, from Law and Medicine to Architecture and Engineering and many more. Three students (plus a former students taking deferred entry) have confirmed their progression to Oxbridge and Martin Sullivan is especially pleased to see the high level of support the College has given these students paying off.

“Applying to Oxford or Cambridge is a massive challenge; these students are pitting themselves against some of the top minds not only in the UK, but from around the world. To get an offer is an achievement in itself, but they then faced the pressure of achieving the required grades. I’m delighted that we have three successful applicants this year.”


Winstanley students rise to the challenge set by top universities 

More than 85 A level students at Winstanley College got 3 or more As or A*s today.

Not only are College teachers delighted with the overall pass rate but also by the fact that nearly half of all students achieved at least one A grade!

The majority of students secured a place at their first choice university, many of them at the most selective Russell Group universities, including students who will be going on to Oxford and Cambridge universities. Billy Matthews who came to Winstanley from St Bede’s Catholic High School, achieved top grades in Maths, Economics and Business and is off to study Land Economy at St Catherine’s College, Cambridge.

An impressive number of students are also going on to study Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary Science degrees. Max Holcroft who came to us from Standish High School will be studying Medicine at Churchill College, Cambridge.

While the College is rightly celebrating the achievements of its A level students, they are also applauding the music, theatre and art students studying practical vocational courses who between them racked up an amazing 43 Distinction* top grades. These qualifications require both academic excellence and creative talent, so congratulations to them on securing places at a number of highly prestigious specialist colleges such as the Royal Northern College of Music and Central St Martins in London.

Louise Tipping, Winstanley College’s Principal, said: “We are so proud of the way our students have risen to the challenge of achieving grades that take them to the very best universities.  Dedicated and talented staff have worked tirelessly to support these hard-working students and it’s great that all that combined effort has paid off!”


Another year of record-breaking results at Durham Sixth Form Centre

Students at Durham Sixth Form Centre are celebrating success today following the publication of results, marking yet another year of excellent academic and personal achievements. This includes a 100% A-level pass rate, which is higher than previous national averages, with the best three A-levels expressed as a grade B, and well-over half of students achieving a grade A*-B.  Vocational results are also strong with 87% of students achieving Distinction*-Distinction grades, which is on average, a Distinction+ grade, in the newly reformed qualifications.

Amongst the many Durham Sixth Form Centre students celebrating outstanding A-Level and vocational results today are:

  • Declan Ballan (previous school: Greenfield Community College) who has achieved four A* grades in Law, Sociology, Psychology and Criminology.
  • Freya Wilson (previous school: Tanfield School) who has secured three A* grades in Graphics, Literature and Psychology, and two A grades in Business and the Extended Project Qualification.
  • Caitlin Edwards (previous school: All Saints Academy, Cheltenham) who has secured four A* grades in Classics, the Extended Project Qualification, Law and Politics.
  • Ethan Whiting (previous school: St Bede’s, Peterlee) who has achieved an A* grade in Maths and three A grades in Further Maths, Chemistry and Physics.
  • Humphrey Stride (previous school: Whitworth Park) who has secured an A* in Literature, three A grades in Classics, Maths and the Extended Project Qualification and a grade B in Computer Science.
  • Lucas Priest (previous school: St Leonard’s) who has achieved three A grades in Graphics, Film Studies and Media Studies.
  • Kieran Rose (previous school: Fyndoune Community College) who has achieved an A* in Criminology and three Distinction* in Applied Law, Business and IT.
  • Rio Jones (previous school: Venerable Bede) who has secured three Distinction* grades in the Extended Diploma in Sport.
  • Chloe Pirt (previous school: Tanfield School) who has achieved a Distinction* in Applied Law and three A grades in Creative Writing, the Extended Project Qualification and Psychology.

Ellen Beveridge, Headteacher, said “Every year, I continue to be inspired by the hard work and dedication of our students. I am pleased that this hard work has been rewarded with such fantastic academic success, which has allowed students to take up their places at university, including some of the top universities, on prestigious school leaver programmes or on higher-level apprenticeships. These results, coupled with our outstanding grading from Ofsted, demonstrate that the school is continuously providing high-quality education to students in the region and, more importantly, that students feel challenged and supported to achieve their very best.”


Celebrating success and building futures at Blackpool Sixth


Blackpool Sixth students and staff are once again celebrating a wonderful set of A level and BTEC Level 3 results against a backdrop of curriculum reforms and more challenging qualifications.

Despite the reforms, the overall pass rate has been maintained at 99% and significant numbers of students are still receiving the highest possible grades in their qualifications. In A level subjects half of students’ grades were high grades (A*, A or B) and in BTEC 88% of students received distinction stars.

Amongst the many students celebrating a whole string of top grade passes are seven students who will take up Oxbridge places this year.  Two students, Callum Wardle and Ocean Bach achieved a remarkable four straight A* grades in maths, further maths, chemistry and physics.

Blackpool Sixth Principal, Jill Gray, commented, “We are thrilled with this fabulous set of results which reflects the dedication and hard work of our students and staff. Such positive results mean that our students are now able to progress to their chosen next step with an excellent foundation for future success. We are extremely proud of all their achievements.”


Happy results day at Thomas Rotherham!

Thomas Rotherham College saw its overall pass rate increase this year to 98%.  26 courses achieved a 100% pass rate with the percentage of high grades also increasing in this summer’s results to 50.3%. Overall, 179 A* or A grades were awarded in A Level subjects to TRC students and 232 top grades were awarded in vocational qualifications.

Students performed particularly well in Music and Languages, with Music achieving 75% high grades, and French students being awarded 90.9% high grades and Spanish 92.9%. 

The highest achievers were twins Charlotte and Megan Finch from Thorpe Hesley, who achieved grades A* Further Maths, A* Maths, A* Chemistry and A* Computer Science and A* Further Maths, A* Maths, A Computer Science and A English Literature respectively.  Charlotte is going to study Maths at the University of Warwick, while Megan is still considering her options.  

There are many exciting university and work-based destinations lined up for the class of 2018 including places at the Universities of Sheffield, Nottingham and York, to study courses in Mechanical Engineering, Law, Maths and History.  Other students have already successfully secured employment offers on achieving their grades.

Principal Shirley Brookes-Mills said “I am extremely happy with the results and would like to congratulate the students and College staff who supported them to achieve their grades.  It is wonderful to see so many happy and successful students realising their ambitions and progressing to exciting destinations.”

Shirley added that “a huge a debt of gratitude must be paid to Interim Principal, Dr Stephan Jungnitz, who stepped into the role of Principal from January to May this year and who worked tremendously to make a significant improvement to overall grades, following the College’s Ofsted report at the beginning of the year.”


Another Year of Exam Success for Varndean College

Varndean College in Brighton is delighted with the success of its students who have once again maintained an impressive record of A Level and Vocational exam results. 

  • 1008 A Level exams were taken
  • Overall pass rate at A level was 97.8% with 48.7% achieving A*-B and 75.5% achieving A*-C grades
  • 19 A level subjects had a 100% pass rate

Visual Arts courses (Art, Graphic Design, 3D Design, Textiles and Photography) were once again particularly impressive.  Out of the 250 entries, all subjects achieved a 100% pass rate with 94% of students achieving A*- C grades and 30.4% achieving the prestigious A* grade.

Varndean College also offers a comprehensive programme of A Level equivalent vocational courses, which many students take alongside traditional A Levels, and once again these results are equally impressive.

Principal, Phil Harland, said; “We are extremely proud of the excellent results achieved by our students, particularly in light of the recent changes to A Levels which has made them even more challenging than before. Students and staff have worked extremely hard over the last two years and thoroughly deserve this success. Once again Varndean College looks set to have outstanding value added, as students have achieved higher grades than their GCSE results originally predicted.”

This A Level success follows on from Varndean’s second best ever International Baccalaureate results back in July, when 42 IB Diploma students averaged 36.12 points, the equivalent to three A grades at A Level, with 11 students (26%) gaining 40 points or above. Seventy-five per cent of those applying to UCAS have acquired places at Russell Group universities, including two at Oxford and Cambridge and six studying Medicine. One student, Samuel Segal (ex Chailey School), gained an incredible maximum score of 45 points, putting him in the top 0.5% of students worldwide, and is now going on to study Medicine at Sheffield University.  Portia Smith (ex Brighton College) gained 43 points and will be studying Medicine at Cambridge and Gemma Robson (ex Patcham High) gained 41 points and will be studying History at Oxford.  

IB Co-ordinator, Emily Board, couldn’t praise the students highly enough.  “The International Baccalaureate is certainly a challenge but it produces confident and articulate young people who know a lot about the world around them and can really think for themselves.  It’s been a great pleasure working with them all and we wish them all the success in their future careers.  They are a real credit to the College.”


Outstanding results at Haringey Sixth Form College!

Haringey Sixth Form College celebrated outstanding successes in today’s A-level and BTEC results, marking yet another year of excellent academic and personal achievements for students at the college. 

  • Increased number of A-level subjects with 100% pass rates
  • The number of students achieving A* or A grades has doubled
  • 98% pass rate for BTEC Subjects
  • Numbers of subjects with A*/B high grades is up by 50%
  • Over 40% DDD or D*D*D* on BTEC Courses
  • In over 60% of subjects students attained the higher grades
  • 77% of BTEC courses have 100% pass rates
  • Three new A level subjects have 100% pass rates reflective of our positive growth
  • Highest number of A*/A grades in Mathematics
  • Highest number of D*D*D*s in Public Services, Applied Science, Sport & IT
  • Significant improvements in Sociology, History, Art & Design & English Literature

Russ Lawrance Principal, said, "We are thrilled with the outstanding success of our students A-level & BTEC results. At Haringey Sixth Form College, students study in a way that enables them to reach their potential, be that A-level or BTEC; they are both of equal value. What is important is that the students are successful, as we have seen this morning. It has been a busy morning and we are pleased to see so many of our students achieving their expected places - not only at Russell Group Universities but at a wide range of other universities. The students have achieved their goals securing places of their choice at the university of their choice. For the staff, these results demonstrate that this college is continuously providing high quality education to students in the Haringey and North London area. Our students feel challenged and supported to achieve their very best. We know that students make more progress here from their starting points.”


Wonderful results for Richard Huish College

Richard Huish College students will be celebrating today after an incredibly successful year of A Level and vocational results. At A Level the Class of 2018 achieved an A* to B pass rate of 52.1%, and an A* to C pass rate of 76.3%. The overall A Level pass rate is an outstanding 99% with the Vocational Level 3 pass rate being 100% for the third year running. Of the students that took a vocational qualification, 73% of grades achieved were the very highest distinction* grades.

Huish students did extremely well with 10 students achieving 3 or more A* grades. A further 71 students gained three or more A/A*grades, with 27 of these achieving 2 or more A* grades.  Valeria Samsonova is the highest achieving student with an astonishing 6 A* grades in Chemistry, Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Physics, Russian and Extended Project Qualification.

Students achieved a 100% pass rate in the majority of subjects. Particularly impressive were the A* – B grades for Further Mathematics (85%), Music (88.9%), Economics (76.5%) and English Literature (74.2%). Notable also are the A* - C grades for Classical Civilisation (93.5%), Geology (96.6%), Drama (89.3%) and Mathematics (80.9%).

Outstandingly, 100% of the College’s vocational students passed their courses with an impressive number of these being 3 distinction* grades (equivalent to 3 A* at A Level). Across all Vocational Extended Diplomas, 78% of grades achieved was a distinction*. For the fourth year running all students studying Vocational IT (Extended Diploma) achieved distinction* or distinction grades (equivalent to A* and A at A Level). Also this year, all 13 students on the Vocational Health Science (Extended Diploma) achieved 3 distinction* grades. A fantastic achievement for these students and their teachers.

Once again the Richard Huish College Class of 2018 has managed to significantly surpass national averages at A Level and equivalent qualifications.  College Principal, John Abbott said: “This year the majority of subjects have been examined under the linear A Level framework and I am immensely proud of the hard work our Huish students put into preparing for these examinations. As one of the country’s highest performing sixth form colleges, and one of the best in the South West, these results show that we are the best place to study locally in the face of rigorous A Level examinations. Of course, our students’ achievements begin with the efforts of our partner schools and are consolidated by the commitment, work and expertise of college staff.”


Record A Level and BTEC Results for Birkenhead Sixth Form College

Students from the largest sixth form in the area are celebrating today after Birkenhead Sixth Form College recorded another year of record A Level and BTEC results.

The new style systems of A Levels and BTECs have been offering challenges to schools, teachers and students across the country but Birkenhead Sixth Form College students’ results suggest that they have risen to the task, with over 60% achieving the highest grades.

A Levels have reverted back to students studying a two year programme with exams at the end, which many consider to be a harder test for teenagers compared to the previous system.

With many schools expecting a drop in performance this year in response to the changes, Birkenhead Sixth Form College has even improved on the results from last year which saw the Claughton Village-based institution named the TES ‘UK Sixth Form College of the Year 2018’.

Government school league tables also ranked the college as the best in Wirral for A Levels last year in terms of student progress.

Principal at Birkenhead Sixth Form College, Mike Kilbride, said: “After the successes of the last year, to improve even further on A Level and BTEC performance just proves that our students and staff are not afraid of new challenges.”

“We have a sustainable culture at the College which concentrates on the teaching and learning that takes place each and every day, so when it comes to the results at the end of that process, the outcomes look after themselves. We don’t get stressed about it. The results are the culmination of the phenomenal hard work of the staff and the students, and you don’t get over 60% high grades and more than 99% pass rate without a common commitment to our values of positivity, ambition, resilience and thoughtfulness throughout the two year process.”

The Principal concluded: “We have a mixed profile of students from every kind of background at the College and what they have achieved, along with the outstanding skill and determination of the staff, should raise the possibility of a further nomination for the country’s sixth form college of the year in 2019, which they richly deserve.”


Outstanding results at St Mary's College

Students and staff at St Mary’s College are celebrating a set of outstanding A Level and Vocational examination results. 32 out of 37 subjects achieved a superb 100% pass rate; with over 98% of A Level students and 100% of Vocational students passing their examinations. Students studying A Level and Vocational programmes have made excellent progress with their studies, with an impressive 70% of A Level students and 80% of Vocational students achieving high grades.

Commenting on this year’s success Jenny Singleton, Principal said:

“I am absolutely thrilled with the A Level and Vocational examination results at St Mary’s College. Both staff and students have worked incredibly hard to ensure that our students make the progress expected of them and are able to attend some of the country’s top universities. I would like to pass on my congratulations to all our students and their families and wish them well for the future.”

Jenny also commented that:

“These set of examination results make St Mary’s College one of the best sixth form providers in the area. Our specialist staff are very much looking forward to welcoming our new students following the publication of the GCSE results.”


Excellent results at Cheadle and Marple Sixth Form College

Students at Cheadle and Marple Sixth Form College celebrate another year of excellent results.  The pass rate on level 3 programmes is 99.4%.  Even though by common consent A levels are more challenging, the College achieved an overall A level pass rate of 99% compared to 97.6% nationally. This maintained the upward trend of success and achievement over the last 5 years.  The success at A level was mirrored by high achievement on vocational programmes such as BTEC, with an overall achievement rate of 100%.

Of course, what really matters to students is that they achieve the grades necessary for them to pursue their career ambitions be it university or higher apprenticeships.  In this respect high grade success at A level was 66% whereas   on vocational programmes 50% achieved Distinction or Distinction *.  34 subjects at A level achieved 100% pass rates.

Commenting on this year’s success, Jenny Singleton, Principal and Chief Executive, said

“I am delighted with the College’s A Level and Vocational results which have shown a pattern of continuous improvement upon previous years.  This year the College has a significant number of students achieving either a triple Distinction* or 3 or more A levels at A* or A, and we are thrilled that they will now progress to some of the country’s top universities. For those not wishing to attend University, I am delighted that so many of our students have secured excellent employment or apprenticeship opportunities.  I would like to pass on my congratulations to all our students and their families and wish them well for the future.  I would also like to thank our staff for their unwavering commitment and support of our students’.

Jenny also commented that

“These set of examination results make Cheadle and Marple Sixth Form College one of the best sixth form providers in the area. Our specialist staff are very much looking forward to welcoming our new students following the publication of the GCSE results.”


Successful results day for Bilborough College

Students at Bilborough College have been celebrating their results today and are now looking forward to their next steps in education.

The proportion of A*-B grades achieved at A-Level has risen once again this year – representing a five per cent increase over the past two years. 

A total of 55 per cent of grades were A*-B, a rise of three per cent from last year and up from 50 per cent in 2016.  The pass rate was an impressive 98.2 per cent this year, meaning that the pass rate has now either remained at or exceeded 98 per cent for the past 14 years. 

Triplets Jacob, Lewis and Steph Siarra all achieved the results they wanted to get to university. The 18-year-olds from Chilwell have only ever been apart for no more than a week but will now have to get used to life without their siblings.

Jacob achieved A* in Economics A in Geography and A in Maths and will be going to University of Leeds to do Banking and Finance.

He said: “I’m really happy with my results and that I got what I needed to get into Leeds. It will be a bit weird not having Steph or Lewis around at home or in the same school. We’ve grown up everyone knowing we’re siblings and we always get compared.”

Chris Bradford, Principal at Bilborough College, said: “This has to be one of the most important days of the year for us all - students, parents and staff alike. When everyone has worked so hard – and coped so well with the new reformed A Levels - it’s great to see that effort and dedication rewarded with excellent results.”


A-level success for Long Road Sixth Form College 


We are very proud of all our diligent students and hardworking teachers who have collectively achieved a great set of results this year.

Many, many of our A levels subjects have achieved a very impressive 100% pass rate: Art, Graphics, Textiles, Chemistry, Creative Writing, Design Technology, Drama, Film, Media, Photography and Spanish to name just a few.

Whether across the arts or sciences, our students have achieved exceptionally well. Biology sustained excellent performance with a 99% pass rate and over 30% high grades A*-B, as did Art Textiles with 55% high grades A*-B and Photography wowed with a stunning 62% high grades A*- B.

We are particularly pleased that our overall A level pass rate has increased this year to 97% despite the very significant challenges of the reformed two year linear A levels. A*- C pass rate is 61%.

Our Level 3 Applied Diploma students also achieved some outstanding successes with 100% pass rates across many courses including Business with 60% of students achieving the highest Double Distinction star D*D* grades; Applied Physics, all our students gained Distinction* or Distinction, as did every student on the Applied Science one year course. Other courses with excellent results were Art & Design, Health and Social Care, Graphics, Media, Photography and Sport.

Our new Criminology course in its first year has performed exceptionally well too with a 99.2% pass rate and 31% achieving A*- B high grades.


Exceptional results for Notre Dame Catholic Sixth Form College


Notre Dame Catholic Sixth Form College are proud to announce our students have once again achieved exceptional results. We are celebrating exceeding the national pass rate benchmark for A level; 100% achievement at BTEC and a phenomenal 2 out of 3 students achieving a high grade at A Level.

The success keeps on coming! Each year a number of the College’s students go on to secure places at the most highly sought after and competitive universities in the country, including Oxford and Cambridge. Seven students have successfully gained places at Oxbridge universities and more than 12 students will study medicine, dentistry or veterinary science. This can be put down, in part, to the College’s Enhancing Excellence programme. Notre Dame students are at the front of the queue when it comes to receiving the best advice, guidance, support and preparation when applying to Oxbridge and also to other Russell Group universities. Amy Kitchingman gained her place studying English at the University of Cambridge after achieving four A* in A level English Language, English Literature, History and EPQ. Bradley Watson is also celebrating gaining a place at University of Durham to study Mathematics after achieving four grade A’s and a B.

The College is incredibly proud of all our students, especially those who have achieved fantastic results in the face of adversity. Jessica Tibbs, who restarted her studies due to a close family bereavement and lives independently, gained a place at the University of Leeds studying Law after achieving three grade A’s. Diane Nettey, despite being diagnosed with aplastic anaemia causing her to even take exams at home, is celebrating gaining a place at the University of Southampton to study medicine with a foundation year after achieving three Bs and an A.

Notre Dame Principal, Justine Barlow said: “I am absolutely delighted by the results students achieved this year. This is clearly a result of hard work, determination and high aspirations from not only our students, but from parents and our dedicated staff who always go above and beyond to support our students. Congratulations to all and we wish you all the best in your bright futures”.


Consistently Great Results at Godalming College 

The key headlines for 2018 exam results are:-

  • In excess of 950 students studied for A level exams and BTEC qualifications with 2550 entries at A level and 381 BTEC entries
  • The A level pass rate at 99%
  • The A*-C grade rate is 82.4%, which is even better than last year
  • 210 grades awarded were at A*, which is at a rate above the national average

·         The BTEC pass rate was 100% with 94% of entries at Distinction or Merit levels

·         Nearly 200 students completed the Extended Project Qualification, 91% achieved A*-C

Emma Young, Principal of the College, said:-“I am delighted and very proud of our students who have yet again performed at the highest levels.  We had 2550 entries at A Level and well over half of these were at A*-B., with our A* rate up on last year.  Our BTEC results are also superb and high grades here are also higher than last year.  We have exceeded national benchmarks. To sustain and improve on achievement, with in a context of continued curriculum reform, and with highly inclusive entry requirements, is something the College is immensely proud of.  Our specialist, dedicated team of teachers deserve much credit for the support they tirelessly provide, ensuring our students receive the highest quality education.  The results provide students with an excellent stepping stone whether that be for university, apprenticeship or employment.  We wish them all the very best for the future and congratulate them on their achievements whilst at College.”


Hereford Sixth Form College Sets the Benchmark Again

With new linear qualifications and revised subject specifications, this year’s A Level results were always going to look different, but Hereford Sixth Form College has exceeded the national benchmarks laying down a marker for the future. A*/B grades and overall pass rates are above the national averages with an increasing number of students gaining A* grades. The overall pass rate was 99.2% compared with the national average of 97.6%, which is a huge success story.

A remarkable 84 students achieved all A*/A grades with a further 103 achieving 3 grade As or more. These top performers compare with the leading independent and state schools and colleges in the country.

Peter Cooper, College Principal, was delighted with the excellent performance saying, “These results reflect incredibly well upon our hard working students and dedicated staff. They are all to be congratulated. The new qualifications offer a higher challenge and it is one to which all involved have risen. I am extremely proud of all our students and delighted that they have strong foundations on which to build. Many will be going to university, with a high proportion to Russell Group Universities where they achieve well above national averages due to their firm foundations with us. Our new vocational programmes have also been a real success with many leaving us to take up apprenticeships and employment. Well done to you all!


Record Breaking Exam Results at BHASVIC


BHASVIC is celebrating record breaking results this year with 90% of grades achieving A*-C. The college has consistently proven itself to be one of the best performing sixth-form colleges in the country but these results surpass the high expectations that already existed.

The overall pass rate was 99.4% (up 0.9% on the previous year). Of the 3,374 A levels sat, 15.6% of grades were A* nearly double the national average which stands at 8.0%. A*-A grades accounted for 40.7% of outcomes with an incredible 70% of grades at A*-B (up more than 6% on last year and 17% above national average). There will be very few non-selective state education providers nationally who are able to match these results and they cement BHASVIC’s reputation for excellence.

The results are all the more remarkable given that A levels reached ‘peak’ reform with results this year with an arguably more rigorous assessment process.

Vocational results were also very strong with 442 BTEC entries recording a 99.1% pass rate of which 79.4% achieved Distinction.

Fifty-seven students received an offer to study at Oxford or Cambridge University – many of whom come from a non-traditional Higher Education background which demonstrates BHASVIC’s commitment to social mobility. Higher Education statistics also show that BHASVIC students are more successful than others once at University showing that the learning culture that is nurtured here has a long-lasting impact.

One student, Jonathan Robinson, overcame considerable adversity to achieve an astonishing set of results. Involved in a traffic accident just before he was due to sit his A levels last year Jonathan spent two weeks in a coma last July. He had to overcome memory impairment and undertook considerable rehabilitation over the course of this year before returning to sit his exams this summer. Jonathan achieved 4 A* grades in Further Maths, Computer Science and Physics and will now be going on to study at Sussex University.

Principal, William Baldwin said:

I want to congratulate staff and students on these outstanding results. They reflect the commitment of a culmination of people that go way beyond the teacher and the student; support staff, governors, staff from previous schools, community partners, parents, carers, family and friends have all played a part in securing these outcomes and they should also be recognised, thanked and congratulated.

Whilst our results are incredibly important, let’s not forget for some students it’s an achievement to simply turn up to college and this will never be recognised by grade outcomes. Neither will the rich cultural, sporting and community based activities that contribute to the development of individuals whilst here. We want students to leave BHASVIC with the best grades possible and we also want them to leave BHASVIC as compassionate, responsible and thoughtful individuals.

We are delighted with our exam results which have improved significantly on previous years. Congratulations to all our students as they pursue the next stage in their lives – be that at University, on gap years, into the work place – we wish you the best of luck’.


New College Pontefract achieves outstanding performance once again

Students, staff and governors are proud and delighted with this year’s exam results, which have exceeded the outstanding performance achieved of previous years. Our A-Level students of 2018 achieved an overall pass rate of 100%, an A*-B rate of 55.2% and an A*-C rate of 82%, which conforms the college’s reputation as a consistently high performing sixth form provider both locally and nationally. This is matched by the equally strong performance of our Level 3 BTEC students who achieved an overall pass rate of 100% with 91% achieving a Distinction or Distinction* grade.

New College Pontefract Principal, Richard Fletcher said, “Once again I am extremely proud of our students’ achievements this year, particularly given the national changes to A-Level qualifications in recent years. These results not only represent the culmination of two years’ dedicated study, they also enable our talented students to progress to the best universities and on to fulfilling careers.

New College Pontefract is part of the New Collaborative Learning Trust (NCLT), and the Trust’s CEO, Pauline Hagen OBE said, “Well done to students and to their first class teachers who have supported them in their learning journey. Today is very much about our students who we congratulate warmly and wish them the very best of luck.”

Some of our students achieved significant levels of performance, including:

Matthew Leech-Gerrard – 4x A-Levels, 4xA*

Joseph Waters – 4 A-Levels, 2x A* and 2x A

Alice Hathaway – 4 A-Levels, 3x A* and 1x A

Oliver Dunk – 4 A-Levels, 1x A* and 3x A

Emelia Wood – 4 A-Levels, 1x A* and 3x A

Elisha Bagg – 3 A-Levels, 3x A*

Tommy Bancroft – 3 A-Levels, 3x A*

Caleb Batley – 3 A-Levels, 3x A*

Robert Leech-Gerrard - 3 A-Levels, 3x A*

Daniel Linnington - 3 A-Levels, 3x A*

Thomas Darlison – 4 BTECs, 4x Distinction*

Panashe Mugwagwa – 4 BTECs, 4x D Distinction *

Christopher Richardson – 4 BTECs, 4x D Distinction *

George Tinker – 4 BTECs, 4x D Distinction *

Tyler Murdoch – 4 BTECs, 43x D Distinction * and 1 x Distinction


Priestley students buck national trend to improve overall pass rate

Students  at Priestley College have bucked the national trend with an increasing pass rate and a greater number of high grades than in 2017. Nationally the overall pass rate decreased to 97.6% whereas at Priestley the figure rose to 98.1%. In 35 subjects 100% of students passed with the A* to C rate rising from 65.2% to 69.4%.

Principal Matthew Grant said that, in part, the improved pass rate was due to Priestley continuing to offer students the chance to take AS exams at the end of their first year at Priestley.

“Obviously the results are mainly down to the hard work and dedication of both students and staff, but by allowing students to take AS exams we give them the chance to be more selective about the subject they study in year two,” he said.

“This year at A-Level we have recorded some of our best ever results with many students achieving three or more A* or A grades. More than 100 have secured a triple Distinction Star or Distinction in Extended Diplomas, which is exceptional.”

Today (Thursday) over 600 students collected their A-Level results at Priestley – more than everywhere else in Warrington combined. Together they raised the A* to B pass rate at Priestley from 35.6% in 2017 to 38.2%. Priestley’s STEM and Language students impressed as did those in other traditional subjects such as Classics, English, History and Economics. Art and Design and Performing Arts delivered outstanding results across the board.

Among those celebrating was triple A* student Will Twist who is planning to study Medicine after a year of work experience in hospitals, surgeries and care homes.

“I have a passion for Chemistry and Biology and how they work together,” said the former Bridgewater High School pupil. “People are always going to need doctors and I like the idea of being able to help people.”

Another Bridgewater pupil, Josh Thompson, is heading to the University of Manchester to study Architecture while Eleanor Ward is heading to Lancaster to focus on Creative Writing and Film Studies.

In a sign that Priestley students met theirs – and their prospective universities’ expectations – only 44 out of more than 600 students had to go through Clearing and that figure was expected to fall further by the end of the day.

Matthew Grant said: “I congratulate all of our students and staff who have worked hard to deliver such a fantastic set of results in what has clearly been a most challenging year of change nationally.”


Fantastic results at Oldham Sixth Fom College

There is plenty to celebrate at OSFC this year as pass rates and high grades are up on the previous year’s strong results in the context of the more challenging new A Level exams.

Whilst the national pass rate has declined, our A Level pass rate is up and once again above the national rate at over 98%. We have achieved our best ever high grades at A Level, with a superb 4% increase on last year. The college continues to build on its superb record for A Level studies, with over 250 students achieving at least AAA or equivalent.

We are proud to have maintained a very broad curriculum offer and a 4 AS Level programme in Year 12, giving students a full external exam experience in their first year, a greater number of qualifications than offered by most sixth form providers and flexibility about subject choices on progression through to Year 13.  Our AS Level results are also strong with increases in both pass rate and high grades.

As has been the case for many years now, there was a superb 100% pass rate by students completing vocational/Applied General courses. The high grade rate for students taking the Extended Diploma is a brilliant 94%, with over 700 Distinction* or Distinction grades achieved, which are the equivalent of A*/A grades.  A substantial number of students completed ‘blended’ programmes, combining A Level and applied courses and have achieved excellent results in these.

Our students have secured places at Oxbridge and other Russell Group universities and there are many other superb outcomes in terms of both progression to a wide range of universities and to other excellent options including apprenticeships, gap years, Art Foundation courses and directly into employment.

Jayne Clarke, OSFC Principal, said “This is a fantastic set of results.  There has been a greater level of uncertainty about outcomes with linear exams and the new tougher A Level specifications. I am very proud of the achievements of our students.  To have seen improvements in both pass rates and high grades in this context is outstanding and testament to the hard work and dedication of both the students and our staff, who have supported students wonderfully well.  We wish all our students the very best of luck on the next steps in their futures, whether this be at university, on an apprenticeship or in employment.”

*Given the national changes, all Oldham sixth form providers have agreed the following statement to include with our press releases:

Changes to A levels have been underway since September 2016 and results in the majority of subjects are now for the new A Levels. Whilst the government has been clear that the ‘Gold Standard’ of A Levels has been maintained, they are now linear, which means that all exams are taken at the end of the course.   Different subjects are being updated in different years, with the last set of reformed results to follow in August 2019.  In the meantime, comparisons between old and new style A levels are difficult to make, coupled with the fact that different organisations have different models of delivery, with some having moved away from AS level options and others retaining this model.  Caution must therefore be used when making comparisons, both with previous years and between subjects and organisations.


Oxford and Cambridge beckon for Portsmouth College students

Students and staff at Portsmouth College are today celebrating another excellent set of A Level and Vocational results. 96% of students have passed their qualifications and 45% achieved the highest grades of A*-B and Distinctions These have enabled students from across the city partner schools and beyond to move on to amazing destinations!

Nathan Clark, previously of Cams Hill School in Fareham, is one of 2 Portsmouth Collegestudents to secure places at Oxbridge. He will soon be taking up his place at Oxford University to study Chemistry, having achieved A* A* A in his Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics A Levels. He was overwhelmed by his fantastic results and said “ Portsmouth College has given me a great experience and their innovative timetable and use of iPads have helped me get where I am now ”.

Outgoing Principal, Steve Frampton was delighted with the results:
“ Our year on year achievement of strong results is built on the support and challenge theyreceive from us: it is also built on our exceptional partnership working - especially with our partnership with parents and our city’s secondary school partners. Finally, it comes down to all the hard work and dedication of our staff and students. I would like to personally thank them all for this. You have all been brilliant, and deserve the success, national and international recognition the college enjoys for it’s teaching, innovation, support and investment in technology and learning”.

Incoming Principal, Simon Barrable was equally delighted:

“ This is a fantastic day for the students, staff and governors of Portsmouth College. We have allworked tremendously hard over the past two years to secure another set of strong results. We make sure that Portsmouth College students have an excellent experience during their time here and this allows them to thrive and reach their potential. Most importantly of all - these allow our students to move on to a wide range of fantastic new opportunities, on the road to successful, productive and happy futures ”.


East Norfolk students continue to excel at A level

Students at East Norfolk Sixth Form College are celebrating yet another brilliant set of A level results with an overall pass rate of 99% and 75% of students receiving A*-C grades.

Students have continued to achieve these excellent results at a time when A levels have become more challenging.

25 subjects achieved a 100% pass rate which is a further increase on last year. In all Maths courses over 75% of students achieved A* to B grades with 83% claiming top grades in Further Maths. All other STEM based subjects performed very highly, maintaining the college’s strong record in this area with students achieving exceptional A* to B grades in Biology (71%), Chemistry (66%) and Computing (63%).

Other notable successes include A level Geography which achieved a 100% pass rate with over half of students reaching the top grades, and all Art subjects which also saw more than 50% of students achieve A* to B grades. The Level 4 Foundation Diploma in Art also secured a 100% pass rate for the second year in a row.

East Norfolk Sixth Form College Principal, Dr Catherine Richards, said: “I am absolutely delighted by this year’s results. Our students have achieved fantastic grades, which is recognition for their hard work and determination to succeed and the dedication of our highly skilled staff to support our students and their aspirations. As the top college locally for progression, more than half have secured their places at university. Many others are leaving the college to gain employment and apprenticeships having achieved impressive grades.

All of our students are encouraged from the moment they start at EN to see themselves as achieving at the highest level, including going onto the most competitive universities. We stretch and challenge them to achieve the very best results so that when they leave the college, they have excellent results and developed a range of skills to make them more rounded individuals.”

Continuing this focus on the whole individual the College is introducing its inspiring ENhance programme for all new students this year. Students can select from more than 25 different options, covering subjects as diverse as the Arts, languages, well-being and preparation for employment. They can learn Mandarin, develop their passion for history or the environment, participate in the Duke of Edinburgh Award and from next year join the brand new Combined Cadet Force, the only one of its kind to be found in a Norfolk College.

At the same time traditional extra-curricular provision in the College continues to flourish, with a thriving music scene, complemented by excellent Music A Level results, including a talented choir and wonderful Funk Band. Whatever your passion there is an avenue to explore it at East Norfolk College.

Dr Richards added: “This year’s results come at a really exciting time for the College. We have recently become an academy and we are now the only independent specialist Sixth Form College provider locally. We are the Ofsted ‘Good’ college for the East Coast and we are already looking ahead to the next exciting phase in the College’s future.”

Outstanding exam success for The Sixth Form College Farnborough

The Sixth Form College Farnborough is once again celebrating success, as 2018 proves to be another year of outstanding A level results at the College.  This summer’s results follow a period of far-reaching qualification reforms intended to increase the difficulty of the A level qualification and make it harder to achieve the highest grades. 

College students are celebrating a 99.1% pass rate, maintaining the extraordinary achievements gained by students over the past decade.  Nationally, the A* to E pass rate is 97.6%

Principal, Simon Jarvis said, “This is yet another set of wonderful exam results.  People have come to expect this from Farnborough but we should not be complacent about these achievements, coming as they do on the back of the most significant reforms for a generation. 

Students have gained brilliant grades because of their talent, backed by dedication and hard graft. With the support and guidance of exceptional teachers, they have been inspired to achieve success across the curriculum – the sciences, the arts and in the humanities.

Our 99.1% pass rate - incredibly on a par with last year’s sector leading results -  spanning such a wide range of subjects, is particularly impressive because it has been achieved by one of the largest sixth form cohorts in the entire country.“

Almost a third of all A level grades were awarded at either A* or A, way above the national average, with almost 82.1% of A2 taught courses graded A* to C.


STEMsational results at One Sixth form College

Over 700 students picked up their A-level and BTEC results at One Sixth Form College today.

Principal, Alan Whittaker, said, “I’d like to congratulate our students for their amazing efforts and thank all staff for their commitment and hard work. They (students and staff) never fail to impress and this is yet another exceptionally proud day in our history.”

The results are as follows:

A Level Performance (539 students)

A* - C 77pc – (this is a two pc rise on the results in comparison with 2016/17)

A* - E 99pc – (this is a one pc rise on the results in comparison with 2016/17)

Vocational courses at Level 3 (218 students)

D*D*D* - PPP 100%

Mr Whittaker was also particularly pleased with results relating to science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects.

He added, “We have absolutely excelled in every subject in STEM, we are significantly exceeding national averages for biology, computer science, electronics, further maths, maths and physics. This is definitely the place to come and study these qualifications.”

In addition to the STEM news, the college saw record numbers of students gaining places at universities across the country to read medicine, aeronautics and astronautics and Biomedical and Biovetinary sciences at university.

One of those students is Charles Clack from Ipswich. The 18 year old got three A*s in biology, chemistry and physics.

He said, “It (my results) was a bit of a surprise. I’ve always wanted to get a degree and I will be the first in my family to go to university. I’m looking forward to the experience.”


Woodhouse students harvest bumper crop of A level high grades

Students and staff at Woodhouse College were jubilant today as A level results were released nationally. The college, which already boasts being the highest achieving sixth form college in London and the South East, clocked up their best results in a decade this year.

The key statistics…

A level high grades 70% (A*– B, the grades required by top universities like the Russell Group)

101 students got three or more A or A* grades.

16 students got three or more A* grades.

At least 15 students will be going to an Oxbridge University.

An overall pass rate of 99.7% from 1993 exam entries (677 students).

26 confirmed Medicine offers (with 6 more possible).

Highest Woodhouse results in a decade and second highest results ever.

Highest achieving sixth form college in London and second only to Hills Road, Cambridge in England.

Principal John Rubinstein said…

“These results are our second highest ever at Woodhouse and are a huge credit to the enormous hard work put in by everyone right across the Woodhouse community. In a year when grades are slightly down nationally, our students have bucked the trend.”


Fantastic results at Loreto College

Loreto Sixth Form College students and staff have delivered another year of excellent exam results:

  • a superb pass rate of 99% - above national average
  • 54% A*-B grades - above national average
  • 79% at A*-C grades - above national average
  • 38 courses have pass rates of 100%

Loreto students are celebrating fantastic exam success, despite the increased academic challenge of the new linear A Levels. The 2018 cohort continue the college’s tradition of academic excellence with   1018 A*/A grades achieved.

We are delighted with the 943 A*-B grades awarded to students who took Science and Maths A levels. Loreto College is also celebrating excellent achievements in Social Sciences, Languages and Arts, including:

  • 73% A*-B in 3 D Design
  • 76% A*-B in Classical Civilisation
  • 75% A*-B in Graphics
  • 71% A*-B in Sociology
  • 74% A*-B in Photography
  • 72% A*-B in Spanish. 

Once again there have been outstanding achievements in vocational courses, with high grades in excess of 80% in Extended Diploma (3 A Level equivalent) and Subsidiary Diploma (1 A level equivalent) courses.

Principal Peter McGhee said: “Our results are testimony to the hard work of students and staff.  Every college Principal was awaiting the summer results this year with, if possible, even more anxiety than usual given the changes to the A level specifications and the return to grades being awarded according to examination performance at the end of two years’ study.  These results demonstrate that Loreto students and staff have responded to these challenges, as they always do, with hard work, commitment and passion. I am very proud of the achievements of our students and wish our graduates of 2018 the very best in their next steps in Higher Education, training and employment.”


NewVIc celebrates another year of success


Students and staff at NewVIc are celebrating another year of A-level and advanced vocational success.

NewVIc’s A-level pass rate remains at 98% for the second year running.  The results are the highest for the college in its 25-year history and at the national average for the first time. Students in 26 A-level subjects achieved 100% pass rates and two thirds of the college’s 606 A level entries were at grades A* to C. Every candidate achieved A*-C grades in Further Maths, French and Philosophy and other high A*-C grade pass rates included 97% in Economics, 86% in Drama, 81% in Film, 80% in Spanish, 74% in Chemistry and 73% in Business. A-level Maths, Economics and Sociology topped the table for A and A* grades with 8, 7 and 5 students respectively achieving these top grades.

Results for the A-level sized Subsidiary Diplomas taken by some A-level students were also excellent; a 99% pass rate across 140 entries with 72% of candidates achieving at least a Distinction and 61% achieving the highest possible grade of starred Distinction including a stunning 89% in Business, 88% in Health and Social Care and 79% in Law.

NewVIc’s advanced vocational students also excelled this year with an overall pass rate of 98%. Over half of all 635 extended diploma candidates achieved at least a triple distinction (equivalent to 3 A grades) and three quarters of Childcare candidates achieved A*-B grades. Students on 11 Extended Diplomas achieved 100% pass rates and 117 students (19% of candidates) achieved a triple starred Distinction (D*D*D*) which is the highest possible grade in the level 3 extended diploma. A stunning 95% of Computer Science students and 87% of Electrical Engineering students achieved at least a Triple Distinction.

Over the last 25 years NewVIc has helped many thousands of local young people succeed and has always experienced a high university progression rate. This year’s excellent results continue their year on year improvement with most of their advanced students moving on to university, including to some of the most highly-rated degree courses.

As the college prepares to welcome its new principal next month, these excellent results show that it continues to be a successful learning community and a place of ambition, challenge and equality.

Outgoing principal Eddie Playfair said: “Our best results ever; what a lovely way to celebrate 25 years of continuous and steady improvement. This success shows that excellence can be achieved within a comprehensive college which is there for everyone. It means that many hundreds of young east Londoners will be able to realise their ambitions and progress to the university degree course of their choice. Our students and staff have worked extremely hard for these results and their success is well deserved. I want to congratulate the class of 2018 and wish them every success in the future and to thank everyone involved in teaching and supporting them throughout their time at college.”