On Tuesday ecstatic A-Level students at Sunderland College discovered that they have gained the grades they need to progress and achieve their university and career ambitions, despite the challenges of the last 12 months.
The college’s sixth form has achieved an impressive 100% overall pass rate for A-Levels and the percentage of students achieving high grades (A*- B) is 65.4%.
Dreams realised at Sunderland College…
The results have enabled the college’s A-Level students to accept offers from top universities and progress to higher level apprenticeships or start a new career.
Outstanding achievers included Sam Percival, 18, from Silksworth, who achieved A*A*A* in Biology, Chemistry and Maths and is now heading to the University of Birmingham to study Medicine.
He said: “I’m still in shock; I never expected results that good. So much hard work has gone into achieving what I have, and it’s finally paid off. Although we have been affected by the pandemic, the structure has always been there whether through remote learning or being in college, so I don’t feel it has impacted me as much. The support from the college has been excellent. At the moment I’m thinking of becoming a GP, but we’ll see what the future brings.”
Another delighted student, Ellie Walsh, 18 from Sunderland, will be progressing to the University of Sunderland to also study Medicine after achieving AAB in Biology, Psychology and Chemistry.
She said: “I really enjoyed college; I have made some really good friends and have learned a lot from my teachers, and it has helped me prepare for university.”
Best friend and classmate Eema Khatun, 18 from Sunderland, who achieved A*AA in Psychology, Chemistry and Biology added: “I’m really happy with my results as they have got me into Newcastle University to study Pharmacy.”
Aaron Williams will be studying English Literature at Newcastle University after achieving straight As in Criminology, Psychology and English Literature. He said: “I’ve really enjoyed college and found the teachers to be friendly and supportive. I would definitely recommend Sunderland College to anyone who wants to study here.”
Estelle Campbell, who will be joining Aaron at Newcastle University after gaining As in English Literature, English Language and History, said: “I really like studying at Sunderland College as from personal experience it felt more inclusive than anywhere else I had been to, and I felt very comfortable here.”
Overcoming the odds…
Usually, students receive their results in mid-August, however, results day has been brought forward this year due to the ongoing pandemic.
For the second consecutive year, A-Level exams were cancelled, and grades were assessed by schools and colleges based on evidence such as assessments, coursework, homework and performance in class.
The ‘teacher-assessed grade (TAG)’ required a rigorous approval process, which meant that each school or college’s head had to sign off the grades and confirm there was evidence to support them.
Toni Rhodes, Principal, said: “We are really proud of all our students today, despite what has been an exceptionally challenging time, our students have demonstrated their resilience throughout and continued to strive for excellent results. Today the results really are a testament to all their hard work and how they have adapted to the situation. We wish every one of them success in their next steps.”