Our Results Success

Our staff and students are celebrating yet another year of successful A Level, AS Level and BTEC results!

Some of our stand out achievements are outlined below:

  • Almost 50% of the grades obtained by our students ranked in the highest grade bracket for both A Level and BTEC programmes, up by 7% on last year.
  • The majority of A Level subjects achieved 100% pass rate.
  • We saw a 33% increase in A* grades, compared to 2016.
  • Excellent results were seen across Law, Media Studies, Geography, ICT and Further Maths A Level subjects as well as Childcare, Business, Music, Performing Arts and Sport vocational subjects.
  • Music continues to be an outstanding provision with 66% of grades in the highest level bracket (A*-B or D*-D). We have also maintained our 100% pass rate for 20 years running!

Former Principal, Alice Wrighton, said, “We’re absolutely delighted that almost 50% of the grades obtained by our students ranked in the highest grade bracket for A Level and BTEC programmes this year, with more A* and Distinction* grades than ever before.

In a year when assessment has become more rigorous and demanding,  I’m really pleased that all the hard work by our students and staff has paid off, enabling us to maintain our strong A2 and BTEC pass rates overall.

Today we will be celebrating hundreds of individual success stories within our diverse community.  Some students have overcome personal barriers to learning and achieved amazing success this year, opening doors to careers 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.”

We are so pleased to say that we have bucked the trend in terms of progression, with even more students applying to and securing places at prestigious universities, including Oxford University. Many of our students have also been offered places at highly selective specialist music conservatoires, drama and art schools. We wish them all the very best and are sure a bright future awaits them!

Quotes from Ofsted

Ofsted says that we are on the right track for future success. Here are some highlights from the 2017 report:

“Students value the help that teachers give them, and the additional sessions and initiatives that support them out of class. Students who miss lessons or fall behind target attend compulsory workshops to help them catch up with work and the most able students attend higher-level sessions to challenge them more. In addition, students can access sessions to improve their study skills and to help them manage stress in examinations.”

“College staff provide very high levels of care and support for students. As a result, students who would have left college early are able to complete their studies and achieve their qualifications.”

“Governors are committed to the success of the college. They know the college well and fully understand the current challenges facing the college, and are well informed about the improvement actions being taken.”

“Students with high needs take part in regular opportunities to develop their independence, to improve their communication skills and to participate fully in wider activities within the college.”

“As a result of a wide range of improvement actions (such as teacher ‘bite-size training’, best practice sharing and intensive support activities at course and subject level) more students are staying on their courses and becoming higher achievers.”

“Current level 3 students on academic study programmes are making better progress than those at a similar point last year.”

“The provision for 14-16 year olds is good. They are well catered for during their time at college and move swiftly to higher levels of English and mathematics once they have gained their initial qualifications.”

“In vocational subjects, teachers develop students’ English skills well, giving them the subject-specific vocabulary required for assessments.”

“Students participate in a wide-ranging programme of enrichment, which supports them with their academic studies and helps to retain them at college.”

“A wide range of college events, visits and trips are organised, which help students to widen their understanding of the world of work and to decide on their next steps after college.”