STUDENTS CELEBRATE OUTSTANDING A LEVEL RESULTS AT WESTON COLLEGE
By YouPR | Thursday, August 15, 2013, 12:36
A Level students at Weston College were today (Thursday) celebrating their results after two years of hard work.
Edward Hillman and Dr Paul Phillips - A Level Results
Desi Georgieva and Cat Malcolm - A Level Results
William Sugg, Dr Paul Phillips and PatrickCapel - A Level Results
Queues formed outside the College's University Campus in Loxton Road just before 9am, as students arrived to receive results that will decide their futures post-18.
As a result of students' hard work and the dedication of staff, 97 per cent passed their A Levels this year, with 78 per cent achieving A*-C grades, and 59 per cent gaining A*-B.
Nationally, for the second year running, there was a small percentage fall in the numbers of those gaining A* or A.
The number of all A Level Weston College students holding offers from the Russell Group of top universities doubled from last year to 30 per cent, with more offers expected in the immediate post-results analysis.
This year saw many success stories at Weston College, including that of Ed Hillman, 18, of Weston, who achieved four A-stars - in Chemistry, Physics, Maths and Further Maths. He is now expected to take up a place at Cambridge University to study Maths, and has also won a scholarship, The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Bursary, for students applying to Churchill College, Cambridge.
He said: "I've done better than expected and I'm so pleased. Weston College has been an excellent place to study and I've had a lot of help and support all the way through my time here."
Another student who exceeded his expectations was Will Sugg, 18, of Uphill, Weston. He achieved an A-star and three As in Chemistry, Physics, Maths and Further Maths, and is to study Physics at Bristol University. "Getting these results has been the highlight of my time at Weston College," he said. "I've enjoyed it here very much. I feel I benefited from the small class sizes, which meant I received excellent one-to-one teaching."
Friends Desi Georgieva (19) and Catherine Malcolm (18), both of Weston, were among the first to get their results this morning and screamed with delight as they opened their envelopes.
Desi, who came to Britain from Bulgaria seven years ago, achieved an A, three Bs and a C, and is now off to the University of Bath to study International Management and Modern Languages.
She said: "I feel amazing. This is such a good day for me and I can't believe I've finally got the results I wanted."
Catherine, of St George's, got an A in Religion and will be taking up a place at Bristol University to study Religion and Theology.
Brad Wheatley, 18, of West Wick, Weston, did better than he was predicted and under new rules is now able to able to take up a place at Bristol University studying Dentistry.
Last year universities were able to take in extra students who had the top grades of at least AAB or the equivalent, but this year that pool of students has been increased to include anyone achieving ABB or more.
Brad achieved an A in Maths and Bs in Chemistry, Physics and Biology. He said: "Dentistry is something I'm very interested in and I'm hoping to qualify and then join the Royal Navy as a ship's dentist. I think that will be an amazing career to have.
"I've had a fantastic time at Weston and I'd really recommend it as a place to study."
Patrick Capel, of Weston, picked up As in Maths and Biology and Bs in Chemistry and Physics, and is now heading to Warwick University to study Chemistry.
He said: "My aim is to go on to do a Master's degree in Chemistry then go into Chemistry-related research and development. The last two years have been hard in terms of the workload but the staff have been great and it's all been worth it in the end."
Also collecting results at Weston College today were AS Level students. Outstanding among these was Hollie Morgan, 17, from Weston. Hollie is visually impaired and achieved four As in Biology, Chemistry, Maths and Psychology. After A Levels next year she is hoping to go to Bristol University and wants to work in cancer research and molecular medicine.
She said: "I'm so pleased with my results. I've had a tremendous amount of support from the College in terms of my visual impairment and I'm really hoping I will do as well in my A Levels next year."
Doug Longhorn, Hollie's learning support tutor, said he expected her to do well. "She's worked very hard all year," he said, "and although I take notes for her in class she is very capable and independent. We're very proud of her indeed."
Dr Paul Phillips, Weston College Principal and Chief Executive said the results were testament to "brilliant teachers and a superb learning environment where students are thoroughly supported in their studies".
He said: "Our results reflect a dynamic institution totally committed to the learners of North Somerset and the many learners who travel to us from Bristol, Bath and Bridgwater. Pass rates are just part of the story; academic success is the key measure and we are proud to be at the top of the government UK league tables for success."