Outstanding A Level Results
By Adrian Frost (Assistant Principal)
20 August 2009
Students at The Sixth Form College, Colchester have achieved outstanding A and AS Level results in this Summer’s examination series, the best overall A Level results attained by students at the College to date. Indeed, this is the fourteenth consecutive year that the College results have improved.
The group of over 1100 upper sixth students achieved a pass rate in their A Level subjects of over 98% and an A/B ‘very high grade’ rate of close to 50%, with a good increase in the percentage of top A grades awarded. The final overall average Government measured ‘point score’ per upper sixth student at the College will be just under 900 ‘QCA points’, equivalent to grades ABB at A Level together with a further grade B at AS Level. This will be approximately 20% higher than the national average for all categories of school and college and the results will again mean Sixth Form College students have achieved an outstanding value-added score when A Level results are related to the GCSE results achieved by students at age 16.
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Everyone passed in 26 A Level subjects including subject areas such as Computing, Economics, English Literature, Geography, History of Art, History, Music and Spanish.
The average Government measured point score of the College’s top 100 A Level students is equivalent to grades AAAA at A Level and these results, it is understood, will for the thirteenth consecutive year exceed the results of the top 100 students in any of the selective grammar or independent schools in the country.
In July, the 109 upper sixth students who studied for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma were also awarded excellent results. The overall results achieved by the Summer 2009 cohort of upper sixth students are therefore described by Ian MacNaughton, the College Principal as “superb – and right at the top end of our expectations”. The outstanding results achieved are once again likely to place the results of students at the College at the top of the Eastern Counties (Essex, Suffolk, Norfolk) College A Level results ‘league table’ when published by the DCFS in the Autumn.
Well over 1000 of the upper sixth students from The Sixth Form College have now obtained the necessary qualifications to be able to proceed onto university degree courses including a group of well over 300 students who have now achieved offers for places on prestige degree courses including Medicine, Veterinary Science, Dentistry, Engineering, Architecture, Law, English and History or have achieved places at Oxford, Cambridge and other ‘top’ universities or courses.
Particularly outstanding successes include:
Rob Yates from Colchester received a remarkable total of 6 grade A’s in A Level subjects. English Literature, History, Music, Drama, Critical Thinking and General Studies. Rob has now achieved his ‘offer’ and will study English Literature at St. Peter’s College, Oxford.
Melissa Curle from Manningtree also achieved 6 grade A’s at A Level: English Literature, Politics, History, Film Studies, Critical Thinking and General Studies.
Vaidehi Konteti from Ipswich also achieved 6 grade A’s in Biology, Chemistry, Maths, Spanish, Critical Thinking and General Studies and she will now progress to study Medicine at Imperial College, London.
Amongst a large group of students who achieved 5 grade A’s were:
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Stephen Ambrose from Holbrook who achieved A’s in Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology and General Studies. Stephen has achieved his offer to study Chemistry at Corpus Christi College, Oxford.
Liam Verlinden from Colchester achieved A’s in Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Physics, Electronics and Critical Thinking.
Glen Pepper from Colchester achieved A’s in Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Physics, Computing and Electronics.
Hannah Reynolds from Colchester will also now study Medicine at University of Birmingham Medical School, having achieved 5A’s in Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Critical Thinking and General Studies.
A special mention must also be made of Adam Faux from Braintree, who is one of the first students nationally to achieve the new A* grade for A Level. It was awarded for his outstanding work for the new Extended Project Qualification which is equivalent to half an A Level. Adam also achieved 4 grade A’s in his A level subjects Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Health and Social Care.
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