Excellent A and AS Level Results

Students at The Sixth Form College, Colchester have achieved excellent A and AS level results in this summer’s examination series overall. Grades are ‘up’ from last year - and in particular are generally well up in those A and AS level subjects which have been reformed by the Government*.

The year group of approximately 1300 upper sixth students who sat their A levels at the College this summer achieved a subject A to E grade pass rate of over 98% and an A* - B ‘very high grade’ rate of close to 50%. 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, once again, very significantly above the national average level in sixth forms at schools and colleges across England and Wales. The cohort of students at the College are believed to have achieved a strong ‘value-added’ level i.e. when their overall package of A and AS level results achieved by the end of their Sixth Form Studies is related to the package of GCSE results they achieved at age 16.

*The results at the College are particularly strong in the range of newly reformed, A level subjects. Approximately 30% of A level courses were reformed by Government for 2017 exams (including English, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Computing, Economics, Sociology and Psychology). The remaining 70% of courses have been reformed for summer 2018 or summer 2019 A level exams (including French, German, Maths, Politics and Drama).

100% pass rates were achieved in 37 separate A level courses including in Economics French, Further Maths, German, Italian, History of Art, Music, Photography, and Spanish. The average score of the College’s top 100 upper sixth students is equivalent to grades A* A* A at A level and these ‘top end’ results, it is understood, will for the twentieth consecutive year, will exceed the results of the top 100 student achievers 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 excellent IB results (an average of 32 points – approx. 10% higher than the international average).

The overall A, AS and IB results achieved by the cohort of students this year are described by Ian MacNaughton, the College Principal as “Fantastic. Our students’ achievements are really excellent and they must be very warmly congratulated. We are really pleased with how well our students and staff have responded to the demands of the newly, Government reformed AS and A level courses”.

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 very large cohort of students who have now achieved the grades required for 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 the very large cohort of high achievers are:

Rose Arbuthnot from Holbrook previously a student at Royal Hospital School who achieved four A* grades at A level in Mathematics, Physics, Biology and Chemistry. Rose has now successfully achieved her offer of a place to study Veterinary Medicine at Emmanuel College, University of Cambridge.

Daniel Raison from Copford who joined the College from Honywood School, achieved four A* grades at A level – in Mathematics, Chemistry, Biology and Extended Project Qualification. Daniel will now study Medicine at the University of Exeter.

Jamie Leppard from Colchester previously a student at The Gilberd School achieved four A* grades at A level in Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry and will now study for a degree in Physics at Imperial College, University of London.

Madeleine Chia from Maldon previously a student at St. Benedict’s School, achieved three A* grades in History, Geography and Psychology, together with an A grade in Geology. Madeleine will now study Psychological and Behavioural Sciences at Robinson College, University of Cambridge.

Liam McKenna from Colchester previously a student at Philip Morant School achieved top grades in English Literature, History, Mathematics and Chemistry and will now study for a degree in Law at Merton College, University of Oxford.

International Baccalaureate Success

The Sixth Form College is celebrating another year of outstanding exam success for the group of International Baccalaureate students.

We are really proud of the students' successes. As a group, the students who passed the diploma have achieved a very impressive achievement level of an average of 32 points. The IB is a global qualification, taken by students all over the world and, in this context, the achievements of our students compares extremely well to the international average of 29 points. (Diploma ‘pass’ criteria includes achievement of a minimum of 24 points).

We are delighted to see a number of students achieve excellent grades. For example, Lewis Jarrad achieved a stunning 40 points, which is equivalent to a fantastic 5 A grades at A Level!!

We’ve also been delighted to see students use their IB success to access such a wide range of careers and university courses, both in the UK and abroad. We have one student using his IB success to progress to university in Amsterdam and another taking up a place on a prestigious ‘higher apprenticeship’ in Integrated Supply and Trading.

College Principal Ian MacNaughton congratulated the students and said : "The students should be very proud of their success. It’s been great to see students (and their parents) here this morning celebrating their achievements and it is pleasing to see so many of them moving on to such a wide range of opportunities, including places upon some of the very best university courses – proving once again, the value of the International Baccalaureate in developing students’ outlook and skills.

Marcus Hewitt Achieved a very impressive 36 points and will now study English Literature at Vrije Universitiert in Amsterdam

Lewis Jarrad Will study Arts and Sciences at UCL having achieved an excellent 40 points

Freya Holroyd Heading to East Anglia to study Economics, having achieved an excellent 36 points

Charlie Crouch Scored an excellent 34 points and is heading to Lancaster to study Modern Languages

AS and A Level grades for 2017 will be posted on this page when they become available in August. To view full results for previous years use the Other Years drop down menu at the top of this page.