Derby College Celebrates Higher Achievements in A-level Results

Derby College is celebrating an increase in the A-level pass rate and in the number of students achieving higher grades A* to B. A record 32% of A level students at the college's Joseph Wright Centre gained the higher grades and the overall pass rate was just over 97% - up 1% on last year. Points per entry has also increased to 29.5 compared with 27.5 last year.

Of the 23 subjects taken, 15 report 100% pass rate including sociology, chemistry, law, English language, film studies and media.

Head of Joseph Wright Stacey Adams said: "We are delighted with these results on all fronts. The majority of our students will now be heading off to their first choice university and the team of teaching and support staff will be on hand to support anyone who needs to clarify the situation and make decisions on their next step."

"It has been important for everyone collecting their results to realise that there are a wide range of options still open to them.

 "We therefore have information available for students about apprenticeships, clearing and the College's Higher Education study programmes."

 Megan Charvill, 19, a former pupil at West Park School in Spondon - is heading to University of Sheffield to study psychology after achieving an A* in sociology and B grades in law and psychology

She said: "I only got a couple of hours' sleep last night as I was so nervous but I did dream that I got these results and I am over the moon that it has all worked out ok."

Another success story was Blade Rumfitt, of Belper, who gained an A in maths and Bs in physics and further maths. The former John Flamsteed Community School pupil is now going to the University of Newcastle to study maths.

He said: "I have really enjoyed my time at college, the teachers have been great and I am looking forward to going to university."

Mum Sharon, who was there when Blade received his results, added: "I couldn't be more proud and I am really grateful to the college for all the support they have given him." Maths teacher Sara Darling said: "He has been a joy to teach."

Friends Sam Colson and Isaac Bamford are both celebrating good results. Sam Colson (18) from Ilkeston came to Derby College to study A levels after taking GCSE's through distance learning – working from home. He achieved A* in History and A grades in Law and Business and has secured a place at the University of Nottingham to study Law.

Sam said: "I wasn't achieving what I wanted at school so opted for home schooling but really suited me. I wanted to do A levels at College though and JWC has really suited me. My ultimate goal is to work in international humanitarian law."

Isaac Bamford (18) from Belper is celebrating three B grades in Law, Geography and Business. He has gained a place to study Business and Economics at Liverpool University but is now planning to defer for a year to consider his options which include a Higher Apprenticeship in Business.

He said: "I didn't expect to do this well so I want to think about my future options.

He went to College with mum Louise who added: "I am so pleased for him. He may have slept well but we didn't!. My daughter came here and did a masters at Liverpool University so Derby College has been great for our family."

Saida Acugba (19) from Normanton, a former pupil at Bemrose School, A* Business; C in Maths; A EPQ and C in Psychology.

She is now going to the University of Lincoln to study Finance having discovered an interest in the subject whilst studying A levels.

"I'm ecstatic and never expected the A*. I loved the freedom at JWC. The teachers and students all feel like friends and there are no barriers between us. I now can't wait to go to university."

Sophie Ingall (18) from Ilkeston is riding on the crest of a wave having achieved three great A level grades just days after passing her driving test and buying a new car. The former St John Houghton School pupil gained A* in Sociology; A in English Language; B in Geography and is now going to the University of York to study English Language and Linguistics.

"Although I had an unconditional offer I was still very nervous and not convinced I had done this well. I have loved my time at College and was really sad to leave."

Lizzie Sarell (18) from Breaston is celebrating A grades in Computer Science and Maths and a B in Physics.

"I can't believe these results. I had been preparing for the worst and looking at all the adverts for clearing. I need to check with my first choice Leeds University but my back up is Liverpool so it's good either way and I can't wait to start my degree in computer science."

Naomi Green (19) from Normanton gained a B –Film Studies; C- English Literature and C-History and has secured a place at University of Greenwich to study Creative Writing.

Katy Taylor (18) from Oakwood, a former pupil at Leesbrook Community School, is now going to the University of Manchester to study English Literature and Film Studies having gained A* - English Literature and Language; A – Film Studies and B – Psychology.

She came to collect her results with her older sister Bethany who is a former student at the College. She left in 2013 with three A grades and a C under her belt and is now an English teacher at a secondary school in Loughborough.

Jake Brown (18) from Belper, a former pupil at Belper School, gained A grades in Chemistry and Biology, a B in Maths and C in Spanish. He is returning to Derby College in September to study Physics and his goal is to progress onto Edinburgh University to study Veterinary Science.

Last modified on Monday, 20 August 2018 11:09


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