Students at Richmond Sixth Form College are celebrating excellent A-level exam results which are leading to a significant group of this year’s leavers heading off to esteemed Russell Group Universities including Oxford, Durham, Warwick, Leeds, Manchester and Newcastle.
With an overall pass rate of 99.3% there were numerous standout performers across a wide range of subjects. Students are set to embark on further studies from economics, engineering and maths to nursing, veterinary science and sport.
Taking up a prestigious place at Oxford, to study English Literature and English Language, Rosie Collier-Gent is delighted with her three A* grades in English Literature, French and Geography as well as an A* in her Extended Project Qualification (EPQ). Rosie said: “I am so relieved and incredibly excited that I have secured my place at Oxford. Once I have completed my degree I hope to study there for a Masters in English.”
With Maths recently acknowledged as one of the most-difficult subjects and witnessing a significant reduction in students taking the A-level nationally, Richmond has bucked the trend with 22% of students achieving A* and a further 25% an A grade in the OCR examinations. Maths whizz Matthew Masterman has a double celebration after gaining an A* in Maths and an A in Further Maths, as well as an A* in Computer Studies and an A in Physics. He is looking forward to going to Warwick to read Maths and continuing to a Masters. Other outstanding, high-achieving subjects include Biology, Geography, History and Psychology.
Emily Hughes is heading to the highly-regarded Royal Veterinary College in London to pursue her dream of becoming a vet. Achieving A* in Maths and As in Biology and Chemistry, Emily cannot wait to start her studies, saying: “Being a vet is all I have ever wanted to do and I can’t put into words how excited I am that it is going to happen. I could not have done this without the support of my amazing teachers and my family.”
There have been exceptional results across the College’s Sport and Health and Social Care vocational courses. In both subjects nearly all students achieved Distinction or Distinction* grades with the majority of them securing university places to further their studies in sport and the health profession. Libby Richardson, who achieved double Distinction*in Health and Social Care has secured her first-choice place of Childhood and Early Years Studies at Northumbria University.
Joining Libby at Northumbria is Emily Davies who is looking forward to applying her creative talents and her A* in Art to study fashion design. Emily said: “I am so passionate about fashion and my aim is to be a fashion designer. I can’t thank the staff at Richmond Sixth Form enough for all the support they have given me.” Emily has a fabulous blog www.mysilvershoes.com which highlights some of her favourite styles.
Jenna Potter, Headteacher, said: “Our results are testament to the hard work and dedication of students and staff alike, as well as the support of parents and carers. I’m delighted to hear that the vast majority of our students have secured places at their chosen universities. Ensuring we achieve the best-possible outcomes for our students is at the heart of what we do and we look forward to continuing to give our students the best possible opportunities in our Sixth Form.”