Gloucestershire College celebrates A Level success
Gloucestershire College is thrilled to announce an A Level pass rate of 94.4% at its Cheltenham and Royal Forest of Dean Sixth Forms in 2015.
63% of students achieved A* to C grades, with 36 achieving straight A*’s and A’s, and 11 straight A*s.
This year there were 376 exams sat, with no less than 17 subjects achieving 100% pass rate, including Further Mathematics, Physics, English Literature, ICT, Business Studies, Accounting and Photography, which is a rare but popular offer in Sixth Forms. Languages including Chinese and Persian also achieved 100% pass rate.
19-year-old Shannon Richards, a former Barnwood Park pupil from Gloucester, achieved an amazing A* in Sociology and A in English. She will be returning to complete her PGCE in Secondary English at Gloucestershire College.
She said: “I was over the moon with my grades. I was terrified about failing as I didn’t do well at my last school. When I opened my grades and saw these results I was ecstatic. I can’t believe how well I have done – it’s so much above what I thought was possible, and it’s all thanks to the wonderful teachers at the College that I passed with such good grades this year. I would describe my time here as stressful, difficult, but totally worth it!”
After collecting her results and achieving an A in Business, B in English literature and C in Accounting, 20-year-old Betty Wilkinson, a former Ribston Hall High School pupil from Gloucester, said: “I can’t stop screaming with joy – these results are so much higher than I expected and thanks to all of the support from the amazing teacher and staff, I’ve got into my top choice university, Oxford Brookes. I can’t wait to start in September and am one step closer to becoming the next Richard Branson! GC is the best: it’s interesting, it’s exciting, it’s where I started my route to success.”
20-year-old Emma Lawrence from Cheltenham, a former Balcarras School pupil, is thrilled to have secured her place at Portsmouth University to study Spanish, having achieved C’s in Spanish, Psychology and Philosophy and Ethics.
“I loved my time at Gloucestershire College and decided to study here for the independence and the fact we are not treated like children, as is often the case at Sixth Form. I’d love to teach Spanish or be a translator or journalist in the future and am so pleased to have got into Portsmouth to study Spanish. GC Sixth Form has been challenging, interesting and exciting!”
Kieran Aucker-Howlett, an 18-year-old former Dene Magna pupil from Mitcheldean, achieved an impressive A* in Mathematics, and two Bs in Physics and Psychology, securing his place to study Astrophysics at the University of Edinburgh. Kieran’s dad, Dave, also lectures at the College!
“I’m nervous to open these – but I’ve secured my place at University to study Astrophysics so I’m happy. I chose GC Sixth Form for a new start for A Levels. I looked at different options but decided GC was for me. My brothers came here too. Whilst at GC Sixth Form I took part in the European Comenius Project, representing the College in South of France on a Mathematics and Physics project – The Earth Acceleration Project. It’s be great!”
18-year-old George Perry from Tewkesbury came to Gloucestershire College from Tewkesbury School, and has achieved an A in Mathematics, a C in Biology and C in Physics, securing his place at Swansea University to study Mechanical Engineering.
He said: “Coming to Gloucestershire College was a bit of a second chance for me really, as I hadn’t achieved the grades I was hoping to before, but I’m much happier with my results here, and I’ve got my place at university, which is great. Possibly one of my best projects here was the Rollercoaster Club, where we used maths and physics skills to design and build our own model rollercoasters. Overall my time here has been enjoyable, enriching and enlightening!”
Principal Matthew Burgess said: “Congratulations to all of our Sixth Form students for achieving such fantastic results yet again in 2015. I would also like to thank the GC Sixth Form teaching team for their support and hard work in helping students achieve their personal and academic goals.
“I’m delighted to hear so many success stories, and to hear that our students are going on to a wide range of next steps, including apprenticeships, further education, university and some direct into employment. We strive to provide our students not only with excellent academic opportunities, but with a wide range of options to develop the soft skills and entrepreneurial approaches that employers demand.”
“I wish all of our A Level achievers every success in the future.”