High Grade Success!

Excited Alton College students took a break from their holidays to collect their examination results on Thursday 19th August. In line with previous years, advanced level students at Alton College achieved outstanding results with no less than 59% gaining the highest grades.

Principal Jane Machell said: “I am delighted that our students continue to achieve outstanding results, particularly at a time when competition for places at universities and getting jobs has never been stronger. Every student should be proud of their achievements and the hard work I know that they put into their studies.”

“The overall College pass rate for advanced level courses is a tremendous 98.5%, with 36 subjects achieving 100% passes. I am very pleased for all my staff who have worked tirelessly and with huge dedication to ensure that our students are well supported in their studies. This has been another really brilliant year for the College because these excellent results come on the back of another really successful Ofsted inspection last October when the College achieved ‘outstanding’ for all areas of inspection; the first College in the country to achieve this mark of excellence in consecutive inspections.”

For the first time nationally, outstanding students on A level courses were awarded A* grades. Students at the College did extremely well in obtaining above the national average for A*s awarded, with notable successes in Biology, English Literature, Mathematics and the Extended Project.

Students taking the BTEC National Diploma - the equivalent to 3 A Levels - achieved 100% pass rates with no less than 82.5% of them succeeding in gaining the highest grades.

International Baccalaureate students were not to be out done with over 51% achieving total points scores equivalent to high A level grades and a number being placed in the top few percent in the world. Pass rates were again extremely high with overall results exceeding the international average. I.B. student James Whitehead, formerly from Perins school, gained an astonishing 43 out of 45 points.

The vast majority of College students have gained places at universities including places at Oxford and Cambridge.

“As always there have been a great number of outstanding individual achievements”, said Jane Machell. “We value highly the individual achievement of all our students who have worked hard to gain the best grades they can and I wish them every success in the next step of their education and careers. These are the most challenging times for students who are leaving College and it is brilliant that so many have done so well.”