Sussex students achieve A Level excellence

Last Thursday, August 15, A Level students across the county received their results. It was a day of anticipation, nerves, celebration and, for some, disappointment.

Horsham’s College of Richard Collyer achieved excellent results. Students have excelled with an A2 pass rate at 98 per cent, with over 58 per cent achieving grades at A* to B.

Principal, Dr Jackie Johnston, said: “We are extremely proud to be a high-achieving Sixth Form college and I’m delighted that Collyer’s continues to provide an outstanding educational platform for young people in the area. In these difficult economic times, quality education remains a top priority and our teachers and support staff have once again served the region admirably over the past year.”

At Christ’s Hospital, nearly 70 per cent of all grades were A* to B.  The average number of UCAS points score per A Level pupil was just over 310.

Christ’s Hospital’s head master, John Franklin, congratulated all the pupils and their teachers and parents. He said: “There were 128 candidates in the Upper Sixth this year and there have been excellent performances across all subjects. The pupils should be very proud of their achievements.”

At Farlington school 53 per cent of all grades were at A to A* with 32 per cent of girls achieving straight A* to A grades.

Farlington headmistress, Louise Higson said:  “I am delighted that the hard work and commitment of the girls have been so well rewarded. Competition for university places is strong, and the pressure on young people is greater than ever, it is wonderful to see this group of ambitious young women taking the next step and following their dreams.  They have bright futures ahead of them!”

Steyning Grammar Sixth Form College entered 194 candidates at A Level with 29 per cent of all entries achieving an A* or A grade. In 30 subjects at Steyning, the pass rate was 100 per cent. In addition, 30 per cent of students gained grades ABB or above.

Steyning headteacher Chris Taylor said: “We are delighted with our outstanding 6th Form College results once again. We are immensely proud of our highly motivated young people as we celebrate outstanding Sixth Form College results. This has not been achieved by chance, but through the hard work and dedication of our students, the support of their parents and the commitment of our staff. My congratulations go to them all.”

Students at Central Sussex College’s Sixth Form, Haywards Heath celebrated success in their A Level exams this year. The 2013 pass rate was the highest in the College’s history with 99.6 per cent  of students passing their exams compared to 98.1 per cent nationally.

Students at Midhurst Rother College are once again celebrating achieving the College’s best ever A Level results. Over 26 per cent of A Level or equivalent entries resulted in A* and A grades, a significant rise from 2012.

More than half (53 per cent ) of A Level or equivalent entries were graded A* to B, with three-quarters (75 per cent ) achieving A* to C.

Seaford College pupils have had another excellent year at A Level with a pass rate of over 97 per cent and an A to C pass rate close to 75 per cent

The national Exam Results Helpline received 3,800 calls on A Level results day from students and parents who didn’t receive the exam results they expected and who needed advice about their future options.
Alongside queries about Confirmation, Clearing and Adjustment, 40 per cent of callers were interested in pursuing university via other routes such as alternative further education qualifications, using a gap year to upgrade skills, re-sits and re-marks. Delivered by UCAS on behalf of the Department for Education, the helpline, which has been running annually for over 20 years, is open until Saturday, August 24. The Exam Results Helpline can be reached on 0808 100 8000. Calls are free from landlines. Mobile network charges vary.
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