SOLIHULL Sixth Form College is celebrating hundreds of starred grades as nationwide A level results were announced today.
The college, which is part of the Ninestiles Academy Trust, has achieved 394 starred grades (A* at A level and Distinction* at BTEC level).
The college says hundreds of jubilant students are looking forward to their future careers thanks to their success.
More than 177 of the college’s students having achieved all top grades at advanced level (A/A* at A Level or BTEC Distinction/Distinction*).
A further 459 students achieved all A*-C grades at A level or Merit and above at BTEC.
The college’s 20 advanced level courses have achieved a 100 per cent pass rate, with success also achieved on BTEC courses, the results of which were confirmed last month.
College principal Martin Sullivan said: “Congratulations to both the students and staff for their hard work over the last two years. “Those who have achieved the very top grades have done so because of their dedication, support from their teachers and their commitment to independent study.
“These high achievers are among the best students in the country and can look forward to progressing to some of the top universities in the country on a range of highly competitive courses.”
The college says the majority of students at Solihull Sixth Form College choose to progress to university.
Three students (plus a former students taking deferred entry) have confirmed their progression to Oxbridge and Mr Sullivan is especially pleased to see the high level of support the college has given these students paying off.
He added: “Applying to Oxford or Cambridge is a massive challenge; these students are pitting themselves against some of the top minds not only in the UK, but from around the world.
“To get an offer is an achievement in itself, but they then faced the pressure of achieving the required grades.
“I’m delighted that we have three successful applicants this year.”
Former Lode Heath School student Nick Delaney, achieved all A* grades in A level German, law and Russian.
He has been accepted at Cambridge University to study Asian and Middle Eastern studies.
He said: “I’m really happy with my results. I wasn’t sure exactly what to expect, but I did feel nervous and I didn’t get much sleep last night.
“Making an application to Cambridge was intense.
“There was so much to keep on top of with a separate entrance exam and work to be sent in.”
Louise Rippin (a former Light Hall School student) achieved A* grades in biology, geography, mathematics and further maths.
She is going to the University of Birmingham to continue her mathematic studies.
Louise said: “I wasn’t really expecting to get such high grades. I had an unconditional offer from the University of Birmingham, so I knew I had my university place, but I was still determined to get the grades. I’m the first person in my family to go to university and I’m really looking forward to it.”