Alton College Students Achieve Academic Excellence (again!)

This summer Alton College students have achieved outstanding and above national average results again with a 100% pass rate across 32 A level courses. Over three quarters of students were awarded A*-C grades while 91% of those taking the Extended Project Qualification achieved A*-B.  An amazing 77% of BTEC students achieved the highest grades.

Results in traditional subjects such as English, Modern Foreign Languages, History, Geography, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths), Performing Arts and Creative Arts were particularly notable for success. Students who took the BTEC in Music Performance (our bespoke specialist Jazz course) achieved a 100% pass rate.

Kitty Chevallier, previously at Robert May's School who studied English Literature, French, German and the Extended Project Qualification, received A*, A*, A*, A* respectively and will take her place to study at Emmanuel College at The University of Cambridge. Kitty who was also awarded the Alastair Graham Scholarship for Excellence in Modern Foreign Languages from the Alton College Foundation, said she ‘heartily recommends Alton College’. She said: ‘There are always ways to expand your knowledge beyond the curriculum, invaluable for any research activities you might need to undertake. She continued: ‘Staff were extremely supportive through UCAS, helping me achieve a place at Cambridge, I will definitely miss them!’. Eden Day, previously at Eggar's School who studied Art, Maths and Physics and achieved A*, A*, A is also going on to study Architecture at Jesus College at The University of Cambridge.

Rob Ivens, previously at Bohunt School who studied Biology, Chemistry and Physics received A, A, A and will take up a place at The University of Leeds to study Dentistry. He explained he chose Alton College because of the modern facilities and described the laboratories as ‘fantastic’.

Zoe Wands, previously at The Petersfield School who studied Biology, Chemistry, Maths, Spanish  and Extended Project Qualification achieved A*, A, A, A, A* respectively and is going on to study Medicine at The University of Leeds. She said: ‘I found the Applying for Competitive Courses module of the More Able and Talented Programme excellent in helping me apply for University and specifically Medicine’.

Tom Blacknell, previously at Weydon School who studied Maths, Electronics, Computing and achieved A*, A*, A respectively and he is going on to study Computer Science at The University of Southampton. He said: ‘I visited Alton College in Year 9 and wanted to start then! The computer courses were brilliant’.

Emma Willett, previously at The Petersfield School who studied Maths, Further Maths, Physics and the Extended Project Qualification achieved A*, A*, A*, A* and will go on to study Physics at The University of Birmingham. She said: ‘STEM subjects at Alton College are great! The opportunities I’ve had here have been so helpful. I’ve completed an EPQ on Space Weather, entered the British Physics Olympiad applied for Headstart summer schools and given a lecture through the College’s Rocket Science Programme’. She continued: ‘Earlier this year I won The Crest Communication and Context Prize at the Big Bang UK Young Scientists and Engineers fair at the NEC in Birmingham. The teachers and staff at College are brilliant’.

Jonty Bayliss, previously at Amery Hill School, studied Maths, History, German, Further Maths and Extended Project Qualification and achieved A*, A, A, A, A*.  Jonty is going to study Modern Languages and History at Hilde and Bede College at The University of Durham.

Adam Stratton, previously at Perins School who studied English Language, French and Spanish and received B, A, A and is going on to studying Modern Languages at Newcastle University.

Elizabeth Eyers, previously at Woking High School studied Maths, German, Further Maths and Physics and achieved A*, A, A, A and is going on to study Maths at The University of Bath. She said: ‘I visited Alton College for an Open Day and loved it, the staff and the facilities are fantastic. I’ve found the extra-curricular opportunities here to be amazing for example, I took a Material Science Headstart course last summer at The University of Cambridge and it really helped me decide that I prefer theory over practical work’.

Andrew Holland, previously at Amery Hill School studied the BTEC Extended Diploma in Engineering and achieved Distinction*, Distinction*, Distinction*. Andrew studied in the new state-of-the-art Sonardyne Centre for Engineering and Design Technology on campus and was fortunate to complete work experience placement at Sonardyne. He said, ‘I was selected to undertake work experience at Sonardyne (a company specialising in underwater acoustics, positioning and sonar) and I thoroughly enjoyed working in their labs. Whilst I was there I applied for sponsorship through the Sonardyne Foundation and was successful. They are funding my university tuition fees and will offer me a job after I’ve completed my degree. I’m so grateful it will make such a difference to my life’.  Andrew’s next step is to study Electronic Engineering at The University of York.

In the fields of Performing Arts and the Creative Arts, students have excelled themselves in achieving entry to the most prestigious universities and specialist conservatoires. Billy Mitchell, previously at Mill Chase School studied BTEC Art and Design and achieved Distinction*, Distinction*, Distinction* and is going on to study Fashion Design at Westminster University. He said: ‘I chose Alton College because of the exciting atmosphere and studying here has led me to secure one of only 20 places at one of the best universities for fashion in the world. It’s been a great place to learn’.  Joe Boon, previously at Churcher’s College is going on to study Composing at The Royal College of Music while Ollie West, previously at Bohunt School is going on study Popular Music at The Royal Northern College of Music.

Michael Stanley, previously at Woolmer Hill School, studied BTEC Creative Media Production and Extended Project and achieved Distinction*, Distinction*, Distinction*, A*, he goes on to study Media Studies at the University of Brighton. He said: ‘The Media Department has specialist teachers and industry standard equipment. Alton College is packed full of opportunities so make sure you grab them!’.

Another notable individual success is Celine Chen from Fuxing High School in the People’s Republic of China (one of the College’s first international students) who studied Maths, Further Maths and Physics achieving A*, A*, A. She will go on to study Aeronautical Engineering at Imperial College. She said studying in the UK has been invaluable. She explained:  ‘This is no doubt the best choice I have ever made. The way we are taught at Alton College has really inspired me – as well as learning a lot of new material, I have learnt how to apply the knowledge to real life, rather than just practicing exam techniques and doing calculations!’.

Principal, Jane Machell, was delighted and said: ‘A huge congratulations to all our students. Yet again thanks to their incredible efforts and our dedicated, experienced and specialist staff, the College has exceeded national averages and achieved outstanding results. I’m very proud of them. With a track record of over 35 years in providing first class education for 16-18 year olds, Alton College is a fantastic bridge between school and Higher Education and employment. Our students say they feel supported and challenged in their learning and they enjoy the amazing atmosphere on our modern, university-like campus. We have a More Able and Talented Programme which includes the Extended Project Qualification, a STEM Ambassador and resident Rocket Scientist. Studying isn’t solely classroom based though and each year we have a myriad of trips both in the UK and abroad to enhance learning and development and preparation for the next steps after College. Last year of 21% of our A Level students went on to receive a First Class Degree at University whereas the national average for sixth form colleges and school sixth forms is just 16%’.

For more information on studying at Alton College visit altoncollege.ac.uk. The College’s Autumn Open Days take place on 1 October, 3.30-8pm and 10 November, 6.30-9pm.