2nd Highest-Achieving 6th Form in Hampshire

Alton College Tops The Sunday Times League Table!

Alton College has been ranked the second highest-achieving Sixth Form College in Hampshire and the third in the South by The Sunday Times.  Moving up an overall seven places from 2014, the College takes 11th place of the 75 surveyed UK Sixth Form Colleges.

The results taken from Department for Education data, include the top students’ exam results specifically the percentage who achieved AAB grades at A level including two facilitating subjects.

The ranking sees the College surpass nearby The Sixth Form College Farnborough (12th), Godalming Sixth Form College (16th), Queen Mary’s College Basingstoke, (25th)  Barton Peveril Sixth Form College (33rd) topped only by Peter Symonds College in Winchester (5th). Brighton, Hove and Sussex Sixth Form College on the coast were ranked 9th.

Kitty Chevalier (pictured) previously at Robert May's School achieved English Literature A*, French A*, German A*, Latin A* and Extended Project A* this summer. She is currently studying French and Arabic at The University of Cambridge.

 Jane Machell, Principal was delighted with the result. She said: ‘The news is testament to our specialist teaching and support staff, and the tremendous achievements of students. For over 35 years their hard work and dedication has continued to make Alton College an outstanding place to learn. We are thrilled to be the third highest-achieving sixth form in the South’.

She added: ‘We provide an exceptional bridge between school and higher education or work. Our students receive fantastic support and access to further enrichment throughout their time here and they leave us well prepared for their future’. She added: ‘21% of our A level students go on to achieve a First Class Hons Degree at University compared to just 16% at other Sixth Form Colleges including Schools with a Sixth Form’.

Dan Currie, previously at The Petersfield School and currently studying Biology, Economics and Geography, was unsurprised by the College’s placing. He explained: ‘I chose Alton College because it has such an impressive reputation. The staff are incredible and do everything to support you on your courses, and the facilities are great. My brother came here too and is now studying Medical Physiology at the University of Leicester. I’m hoping to go the University of Leeds to study Geography’.

Damian Hinds, MP for East Hants described the College as an inspiring asset to his constituency. He said: ‘I am absolutely delighted to see Alton College ranked 11th in the Sunday Times national league tables for sixth form colleges, a result which actually places them 3rd in the South. It’s a fantastic achievement for students and staff alike.  Many congratulations to Jane Machell and her outstanding team.  The College is one of the real jewels in the East Hampshire crown, and we can all be very proud to have such a leading institution in our area’.


The accolade comes as part of The Sunday Times’ 23rd annual survey in the Parent Power supplement. Alastair McCall, Editor explained the tables cover 400 of the highest-achieving secondary schools and colleges spanning state and independent sectors. In the supplement he states the database is Britain’s biggest for elite school performance and can provide a starting point to finding the right school or college for your child.


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