Results Update

By Adrian Frost, (Assistant Principal) March 2015

We're really pleased to see that the DFE Performance Tables that were published in January showed that 91% of our students achieved three or more A-Level passes at the end of two years, compared to an average of 78% in state sector schools and colleges in England (including selective grammar schools) or 80% in all schools and colleges (state and independent).

In the same month the EFA reported that last year 98.2% of our students completed their course of study - this is 10% higher than the national average and one of the very best scores for all sixth form colleges. A fantastic achievement - well done to all our staff and students!

Annual Reunion and Awards Event 2014

By Adrian Frost, (Assistant Principal) December 2014

Photo (Back Row) L-R: Cerys Becker, Ben Findley, Ben Horrex, Josh Norman, Thomas Elsey, Joe Wenden and Matthew Hill. (Front Row) L-R: Darcy Cassidy, Collette Bunce, Arabella Watkins, Abigail Steadman, and Hannelore Canessa-Wright.

At the end of last term, over a thousand students and guests gathered at Charter Hall to celebrate the success of the students who completed their studies at college in Summer 2014. We were also pleased to welcome Treasury Senior Economics Spokesperson Ben Cropper - a former college student who was our guest speaker at the event.

As the Principal explained in his address to former students:

"I am very pleased to report back to you that, when we consider your achievements collectively, you were very successful indeed. The examination successes you achieved in the summer were really excellent -by both local and national standards. The average 'value added' results you achieved - the comparison between your package of GCSE results on entry and your package of results on leaving, places your collective successes very significantly above the national average levels.

Well over 1000 of our second year College students entered for A Level examinations last summer and the average results you achieved were really excellent, with average results ahead of the achievements of students at all other colleges in Essex and Suffolk and in all the Essex comprehensive schools with sixth forms. 91% of our A-level students leaving us last summer achieved 3 or more A-level qualifications - which the Government has recently told us compares to the national average for all Schools and Colleges of just 80%. Our International Baccalaureate students achieved an outstanding level of success. Your average results of 33 IB points were very well above both the national and international averages. The highest achieving 100 students amongst you obtained an average UCAS point score equivalent to our 2 A*s and 2 A grades at A Level and we understand that this is a higher score than the 100 highest achieving students in any school in the country, including in all selective grammar and independent schools.

A very substantial number of last year's leavers successfully attained the grades necessary to progress to degree courses, including large numbers progressing to some of the very most competitive degree course areas. Indeed approximately 1000 of last year's leavers have, or will next autumn after a GAP year, progress to a wide range of exciting and challenging degree courses, or other opportunities in the UK or abroad. Others have found excellent employment or training opportunities either locally, in London and in other instances nationally or internationally.

The College is an academic institution, and your academic successes are enormously worthy of note and congratulations. But I must stress that at the College we do not view student success and achievement just through the achievements of our most able students or solely just through the achievement of top grades. Our aim is to be an inclusive college where every student is able to further their potential, develop and make progress. I know just how hard so many of you worked during the time you studied at the College - to achieve your personal goals and fulfill your own aspirations. We value the success of every one of you and much recognition has been given for a wide range of aspects within College life, including individual effort, personal development and contribution to community.

We are also recognising achievements and contributions made in the fields of sport, performing and creative arts, science, technology and enterprise and we are also paying tribute to your contributions to both the College community and to the wider community in the area - particularly where you have helped others. We are very proud that you as a group made a fantastic contribution to the wider community, including putting together generous Christmas hampers for the needy, raising money on a weekly basis for the Good Foundation, organising Christmas pantomime trips for underprivileged children, Charity theme days throughout the year which helped raise funds for local, national and international charities, individual action to help elderly and disabled people, work to support the oppressed through Amnesty International and also in undertaking challenges in local and international community work. Your positive attitudes and contributions in helping others were quite outstanding.

A number of our students who left last year are currently involved in international community placements, including through GAP projects and some of you were last summer involved in the major community projects in The Russ Foundation community in India that we support on an ongoing basis while you were a student here at College. These experiences offered you considerable scope for personal development and enjoyment but they also offered a considerable amount to disadvantaged communities that you worked with. Many of you excelled in performing arts and cultural activities in the College during the time you spent with us. Dance, music and drama flourished and there were a whole series of outstanding productions, concerts and performances over the 2 years you were with us. Excellent Visual Arts exhibitions and displays illustrated the significant student talents in these fields and many of you gained excellent practical experience in the field of media including those actively involved in production and broadcasting on the College Radio Station. More than 300 of you represented the College in competitive sports fixtures in a wide range of different sports and over forty students represented their County or were selected for regional, national or international level competitions. The mixed volleyball team emerged as National College Champions and the 1st XI soccer won the Essex Cup competition.

The best advertisement for the Sixth Form College has always been its students. You were and still are excellent ambassadors for the College and we are extremely proud of you.

Cerys Becker Referred to by her personal tutor as an 'irreplaceable star'!

Ben Findley Departmental Award for IB Mathematics and College Award for Academic Achievement in IB

Ben Horrex East Bergholt High School Award for Academic Achievement in Sixth Form Study

Josh Norman College Award for Contribution to College Sport

Thomas Elsey The Ramsey Academy Award for Academic Achievement in Sixth Form Study

Joe Wenden Lloyds TSB Award for Consistent Effort

Matthew Hill East Bergholt High School Award for Academic Achievement in Sixth Form Study

Darcy Cassidy Departmental Award for Applied Business sponsored by Edexcel, College Award for Contribution to Storm Radio and College Award for Academic Progress

Collette Bunce Departmental Award for Music sponsored by Edexcel and College Award for Academic Achievement

Arabella Watkins Garrison Commander's Award for Leadership and Initiative

Abigail Steadman Departmental Award for Philosophy sponsored by Edexcel, Departmental Award for Psychology sponsored by AQA and College Award for Academic Achievement

Hannelore Canessa-Wright Departmental Awards for IB French and Italian ab initio and College Award for Academic Achievement in IB

Outstanding A/AS level Exam Results this Summer

By Adrian Frost, (Assistant Principal) August 2014

Photo L-R: William Pryke, Jouja Maamri and Joe Wenden

Students at The Sixth Form College, Colchester have achieved outstanding A and AS level results in this summer’s examination series. Levels of achievement are excellent and above national average levels.

The year group of over 1300 upper sixth students who sat their A levels this summer achieved a subject pass rate of 98% and an A* - B ‘very high grade’ rate of close to 50%. Over 90% of all the 18 year old students at the College have achieved 3 or more A level qualifications or equivalent in their sixth form studies – a level of achievement which is very significantly above the national average level for all national sixth forms at schools and colleges and above the average of schools in the Independent Sector. Indeed, the overall average level of achievement at the College is over 20% higher than the national average for all categories of school and college. The cohort of students at the College have also achieved an outstanding ‘value-added’ score when their package of A level results are related to the GCSE results achieved at age 16.

100% pass rates were achieved in 24 of the A level subjects including in the subject areas of: Art, History of Art, Drama, English Literature, French, Further Mathematics, German, Italian, Music, Spanish and Textiles. The average Government measured point score of the College’s top 100 upper sixth students is equivalent to grades A* A* A A at A level and these ‘top end’ results, it is understood, will for the eighteenth consecutive year, exceed the results of the top 100 students in nearly all of the selective grammar or independent schools in the country.

In July, the group of upper sixth students who studied for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma heard that they had been awarded really outstanding IB results and AS level results are also very good. The overall A, AS and IB results achieved by the cohort of students this year are therefore, described by Ian MacNaughton, the College Principal as “Really fantastic. The students’ achievements are quite outstanding and they must be very warmly congratulated”.

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 over 400 students who have now achieved offers for places on prestige degree courses including, Medicine, Veterinary Science, Dentistry, Engineering, Maths, Economics, Architecture, Law, English and History, or have achieved places at Oxford or Cambridge or Russell Group Universities or Medical Schools or for other highly competitive universities or degree courses.

Amongst a large group of very high achievers are:

William Pryke, who achieved an outstanding 5A* grades at A level in Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics and History. William will now progress to study Medicine at University College London.

Joe Wenden, also achieved 5A* grades in - Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics and a science based Extended Project Qualification. Joe will now progress to study Medicine at St. George’s Medical School, London.

Natasha Heal-Cohent, previously a student at Ipswich School was one of a large group of students who achieved 3A* grades. Natasha has successfully achieved her ‘offer’ to study for a degree in Experimental Psychology at Worcester College, University of Oxford.

Jouja Maamri, previously a student of Maltings Academy Witham, is celebrating the achievement of a fantastic set of A-Level grades, including 3 A* grades in Economics, Government and Politics and Citizenship. She will now progress to study in the USA - having been accepted onto the prestigious Sutton Trust programme, securing a highly competitive place supported by a great scholarship package, to study for a degree at ‘Ivy League’ Barnard College (New York). Jouja was in the enviable position of turning down an offer to read Politics, Philosophy and Sociology at Cambridge. Her exceptional talent and hard work were also recently recognised by her receipt of the Colchester Youth Award for Learning Achievement.

A detailed document outlining the College's excellent student achievements and progression in the 2014 academic year will be available to download from this webpage for the College Open Evenings in October 2014.

Photo L-R: Alexx Irwin, Sarah-Louise Dudley, Megan Redding and Michael Sexton-Grant