A-level results: Chichester College celebrates superb results again

Chichester College's A-level pass rate has exceeded 99 per cent for the ninth consecutive year.

Thursday, 17th August 2017, 9:38 am
Updated Thursday, 7th June 2018, 6:24 pm
DM17840542.jpg Chichester College A-level results 2017. L to R Chloe Boniface, Georgia Biggs, Carys Gwilym and Fi Marshall all aged 18. Photo by Derek Martin SUS-170817-122246008

The 2017 results, released this morning, show that the college’s overall pass rate is 99.1 per cent. An impressive 27 A-level subjects have recorded 100 per cent pass rates.

These include several traditionally difficult subjects, including physics and English Literature.

Among the success stories is Max Stacey, who has secured his place at Newcastle to study Economics with ABB in maths, further maths and physics.

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He said: “I’m buzzing now, I’m looking forward to it, it’s a complete change for down here. It’s the result of a long two years.”

Oliver Martello was also pleased with his triple A*s in the same subjects to study maths at Warwick.

He said: “I’m relieved, surprised and over the moon!

“I’m so happy to have got in to my first choice university after working so hard and putting in so much effort over the past two years.

DM17840511.jpg Chichester College A-level results 2017. L to R Max Stacey 18. Oliver Martello; 18 and Jamie Bird 18. Photo by Derek Martin SUS-170817-122213008

“I was convinced I wasn’t going to get there and I had prepared myself for clearing, but I got in and I’m really excited!”

Other students happy with their results included Alec Fidler, who has got his first choice of place at Royal Holloway to read Classical Studies with three Cs in history, classics and media.

He said: “I’m very happy with the three Cs, obviously I heard from the uni about getting in but I’m very glad to have gone to college, got the results and I’m going to uni.

“Royal Holloway was the best course. Getting the conditional offer motivated me to do the work and get the grades.”

DM17840524.jpg Chichester College A-level results 2017. L to R Bailey Franke, 18, Becky Budd, 18 and Alec Fidler, 19. Photo by Derek Martin SUS-170817-122235008

Georgia Biggs is also excited by the prospect of her next steps as she prepares to move to the Midlands to study childhood studies (practitioner status) at University College of Birmingham.

She said: “I’m very excited – I’m moving in two weeks.

“It was my first choice and I’m really happy to have got what I needed. I can’t wait to start.”

Joe Collen and Alex Wiseman collected their results together and were delighted to be going to the universities of their choice.

DM17840552.jpg Chichester College A-level results 2017. Photo by Derek Martin SUS-170817-122257008

Joe received an A* in creative writing and two Bs in history and law, while Alex achieved A in creative writing and B grades for drama and English literature.

Alex, who will be studying scriptwriting and performance at UEA (University of East Anglia), said: “It’s not the grades I had exactly hoped for, but I’m happy to be going to UEA and making the next step.

“The lecturers here have been really supportive. It’s been a good experience and now I’m on to a new pathway.”

Joe, who is going to Bristol University to study international relations and politics, added that he felt Chichester College had helped to prepare him for the next steps: “Coming to college has almost been a transition for us.

“We’ve been supported, the teaching has been great but to be able to more independent has probably set us up really well.

“After two years, it makes all the hard work worthwhile and I’m looking forward to going to university now – I feel ready!”

DM17840591.jpg Chichester College A-level results 2017. Agnese Sproge 16, left and Lilly Vaughan-Smith 17. Photo by Derek Martin SUS-170817-122319008

Helen Loftus, vice principal at Chichester College, said: “Congratulations to all of our A-level students.

“We are thrilled with our results – despite the ever increasing demands on students and the exams and assessments becoming harder, our students have shown great commitment which is reflected in their achievement today.

“In any period of exam reform, there is the potential for grades to fall slightly so we are very proud to have once again achieved a pass rate above 99 per cent.”

The high pass rate at the college follows predictions by academics that there could be a drop across the country following changes to the A-level exams.

These mean students are now assessed almost entirely on end-of-course exams, rather than coursework or AS-levels.

Shelagh Legrave OBE, chief executive of the Chichester College Group, said: “I am extremely proud of the students and staff at Chichester.

“99.1 per cent is an amazing result and we are over the moon.

“With major changes to A-levels and the introduction of the new system, it has been a challenging time for everyone involved and makes our students’ achievements all the greater.

“Congratulations to the students, their family and friends who have supported them throughout their studies and to our tutors, who work extremely hard ensuring our students receive the best opportunities we can give them.”

If you would like to find out more about A-levels, higher education or other subjects at Chichester College visit www.chichester.ac.uk or contact the admissions team on 01243 786321.

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DM17840599.jpg Chichester College A-level results 2017. Elizabeth Nutbrown 19 and mum Claire. Photo by Derek Martin SUS-170817-122330008