A Level Results 2018

The City of Stoke-on-Trent Sixth Form College

Advanced Level Results – Thursday 16th August 2018 College Results Summary 2018 – Excellent Results!

* Proud to announce an excellent set of A Level Results – maintaining achievement for our students in the context of new national reforms in education.

* 856 A Level entries with a 96% pass rate

* 30% of entries at A Level achieved the highest grades of A*-B

* 151 A* (or equivalent) grades achieved this year

* 60% of A Level subjects achieving 100% pass rate (maintained from 2017)

* Impressive performance in A Level Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science with a significant percentage of students achieving high grades across these subjects

* Ongoing success in A Level Classical Civilisation, Dance, French, Government and Politics and Philosophy, with students continuing to achieve high grades

* For the class of 2018, BTEC results continue to be outstanding – 73% achieved high grades and an outstanding 57% awarded the highest possible grades of Distinction* (an impressive 12% increase from 2017)

* Top class results across all BTEC courses continue – with a 98% pass rate and almost three quarters of students obtaining a Distinction or above (24% improvement over the last four years)

* Over half of vocational courses maintained 75% or more higher grades (Distinction or above)

* Outstanding performance in Health & Social Care and Sport Science – with 100% achieving the highest grades of Distinction*/Distinction (a 22% increase from 2017)

* Excellent performance in BTEC Science and BTEC Business with students achieving high grades of 76% and 84% respectively

Congratulations to all!

College Principal, Mark Kent offered his warmest congratulations to all students on their success. He commented:

“We are delighted to have received another set of excellent results. With more than 50 academic and vocational courses studied, it is pleasing to see that the College has maintained our excellent performance. I’m proud of the hard work and dedication of our students and staff who continue to work hard and achieve great things.”

“Affirming the impressive Ofsted report we received in 2017, this year’s results reflect the College’s commitment to success and progress in the context of national education reforms. This year 99.5% of students are progressing into positive destinations with 84% (an increase of 12% from 2017) of them planning to progress onto university – with almost half applying to Russell Group universities, a significant increase on 2017.

‘We take pride in providing all of our students with the care and support that each one needs to develop as a person. Progression from our Level 3 Foundation Programme, which accepts students who haven’t achieved the grades at GCSE required for level 3 study, continues to be heartening. Students on this programme, who came to the College having previously struggled, are now leaving us with impressive qualifications”.

‘The achievements of the students enrolled on our Foundation Year Degree courses are also outstanding. These courses, which are made possible through our strong partnership with Staffordshire University have enabled many to access degree level study.”

“Finally I would also like to acknowledge the work and commitment of all the staff at the College, who have played a significant part in helping to prepare and support students in order that they achieve their full potential”.


David Stone

David Stone

Former School: Alleyne’s Academy

Results: A Level: Chemistry A*, Physics A*, Maths A*, AS Level Further Maths A

Next Step: the University of Oxford

David has achieved an amazing set of results that he is rightly very proud of. David’s relentless commitment to study and passion for science has been a constant source of admiration for staff at the Sixth Form College. A pleasure to teach and a joy to know, Travis’ dedication, combined with a natural gift for academia is commendable and has resulted in him receiving a prestigious offer to study Chemistry at the University of Oxford. With results that include A*s in Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics, Travis is a testament to the power of hard work and we are proud to have had David as a Sixth Form College student.


Isabel FitzGerald and family

The JCB Academy Sixth Form

Fulfilling Aspirations

The JCB Academy Sixth Form has once again fulfilled the aspirations of its learners by creating opportunities through its partnership building with businesses and universities. Jim Wade, Principal at The JCB Academy, said:

“I am very proud of the fantastic achievements of our learners who have been awarded their advanced grades today. Of the grades across all programmes, nearly 99% achieved success in their qualifications. It is always a really positive day when you see learners celebrating their grades, but more importantly achieving the grades that enable them to move onto their next destination; whether this be at a university such as Durham, Nottingham or Sheffield or onto an apprenticeship with the likes of Rolls-Royce, JCB, Bentley Motors or Jaguar Land Rover. The staff and leaners should be congratulated on the huge amount of work that they have put in to ensuring positive outcomes for all.”

The JCB Academy Sixth Form in Rocester attracts learners with an interest in engineering and/or business. The intake comes from its own academy and several other schools across Staffordshire and Derbyshire; external learners equate to approximately 40% of its overall intake. Many of the learners travel quite some distance to study in the sixth form, which takes dedication and commitment. Jacob Murrock travelled from Derby each day whilst studying at the sixth form. Leaving his local school, Chellaston Academy in Derby, he joined The JCB Academy Sixth Form to specifically study engineering with the hope of gaining an apprenticeship at Jaguar Land Rover. Gaining a distinction in a double award engineering diploma, an A-level in mathematics and a Level 3 EPQ (Extended Project Qualification) secured his degree apprenticeship offer with Jaguar Land Rover. Jacob said: “My time at The JCB Academy Sixth Form has been a fantastic experience and has given me many great opportunities. I am now looking forward to starting my degree apprenticeship with Jaguar Land Rover.” Joe Grosvenor-Collis from Cannock is another learner taking the long commute to study in The JCB Academy Sixth Form. Joe gained a distinction in a double award engineering diploma, an A-level in product design and a Level 3 EPQ which secured his apprenticeship offer with Bentley Motors where he will be working as a cost engineer.

But it isn’t all about engineering at The JCB Academy Sixth Form; many learners study business or traditional A-levels, also benefitting from the partnership building of the academy. Isabel FitzGerald from Hilton in Derby gained an impressive four A-levels at the sixth form: an A* in mathematics, a grade A in physics and chemistry and As level further mathematics. Isabel will now go on to her degree apprenticeship with Rolls-Royce where she will be working in manufacturing management.

Isabel said:

“Coming to The JCB Academy was the best choice I’ve made with my education. I would have never been awarded a degree apprenticeship with Rolls-Royce if I had studied anywhere else!”

As well as the fantastic apprenticeship opportunities, learners also go on to some prestigious universities as well. Oliver Morgan from Oakamoor in Staffordshire studied three A-levels and a Level 3 EPQ and has gained a place at the University of Sheffield where he will study English literature. Oliver gained an A in both English literature and business, a B in mathematics and an A* in EPQ. Charlie Earp is another learner that has taken the university route; he will go on to study mathematics at the University of Nottingham. Charlie studied A-levels at the sixth form and gained an A* in mathematics, an A in further mathematics and a B in physics.

Paul Stanmore, Director of Sixth Form, said:

“There are certainly some outstanding results this year but perhaps more importantly, our learners moving into universities of their choice or securing positions with market-leading international businesses is the biggest measure of our success. I congratulate every one of our learners that have made the most of the unique opportunities on offer here at The JCB Academy Sixth Form and wish them continued success in whichever pathway they have taken.”

Nathan Shackman

Blythe Bridge High School & Sixth Form

Students and staff celebrate some outstanding sixth form results at Blythe Bridge High School & Sixth Form

Students and staff are celebrating some outstanding results at Blythe Bridge High School & Sixth Form. This year, every single student entered for a BTEC Diploma gained their qualification, and there were many fantastic results at A level, too. With the help of these grades students have secured places at a range of universities from York to Bristol on a diverse range of courses which include ethics, religion and philosophy; medicine; and English language. Many other students are looking forward to starting on the higher level apprenticeships that they have obtained.

Particular successes include Charlie Bailey who obtained three As in biology, chemistry and psychology, and who will be going to Bristol to study cellular and molecular medicine. Nathan Shackman was delighted with his A in business studies, A in maths and B in further maths and intends to study mathematics at Birmingham University.

Students studying vocational subjects excelled once again. In health and social care, Millie Dale and Chloe Muldoon gained a stunning Distinction*, Distinction*, Distinction; Megan Myatt and Catherine Hawkins gained a Distinction*, Distinction, Distinction.

Headteacher, Rachael Johnson, said,

‘We immensely proud of the achievements of our students. At a time when A level and BTEC programmes nationally have been subject to significant change, our staff and students have risen to this challenge remarkably well. We are delighted to see so many students have secured their first choice university places or apprenticeships. We wish them all the best for the future.’

Darren Edge, Head of Sixth Form, added,

‘I am very proud of the successes achieved this year especially given the rigour required with the new A level specification. I wish all of our students continued success in the choices that they now make following their sixth form education.’

Denstone College

Denstone College pupils of 2018 are celebrating some fantastic A Level results yet again. There have been notable successes with 10 pupils attaining 3 or more A* to A grades.

“With 16.4% of the results at the top A* grade or equivalent, our pupils have achieved the best results in 6 years at Denstone by this marker. They will go on to study at some of the top universities as a result including Oxford, Cambridge, Durham and Warwick. I am delighted for our pupils and staff that their collective hard work has been rewarded,” said David Derbyshire, who retires after 21 years as Headmaster of the College.

Archie Gardner topped the results at the College attaining 4 A* grades and will go on to study Maths at Warwick. He will be joined by Sophie Barlow who achieved 3A*s and 1A, as did Caitlin Buckley who will study Natural Sciences at Durham. Max Davis will take his place to study Earth Sciences at St Edmund Hall, Oxford. Tom Cox has realised his offer to study History at Robinson College, Cambridge.

New Headmaster, Miles Norris, commented:

“Tom has been a House Captain, an NCO in the Cadet Force, a key choir member and played the lead in Jesus Christ Superstar, the start of which was delayed to give him time to travel back from his Cambridge interview! We have a phrase here – Denstonians are participators and not spectators. Tom is living proof of that and he is not alone. The pupils have capitalised on the plethora of opportunities inside and out of the classroom here at Denstone College and are now ready to go out and make their mark.”

With the new linear A level exams, and a desire by government to make the process more academically rigorous, the results at Denstone have been very strong across the board with 38% of all exams resulting in A* to A grades or equivalent and 88% A* to C or equivalent. Andy Wray, Head of UCAS and Careers at Denstone said

“With such strong results, we see our pupils taking up offers to study a wide range of subjects from Medicine to Product Design, from Law to Veterinary Sciences and from History to Marine Biology. Whilst most of our pupils are heading to university, others are choosing other paths such as pursuing apprenticeships or careers like the armed forces straight from school. There are many opportunities out there and these results open the door.”


Newcastle and Stafford Colleges Group celebrates another excellent year of results

Students and staff from Newcastle and Stafford Colleges Group (NSCG) are celebrating success today after the A Level and BTEC results for the ‘Class of 2018’ were announced.

This is the first year in which students sat the more challenging two year linear A Level exams following the removal of AS Level exams at the end of year one.

Key highlights*:

–       1107 A Level entries with pass rate of almost 98%

–       435 A Level entries achieved high grades A*-B with 757 achieving A* – C

–       946 BTEC Extended Diploma entries with 100% pass rate

–       Best ever BTEC Extended Diploma results across 26 subject areas – 81% of students achieving high grades, 55% awarded the highest possible grade of Distinction* (D*) and a fantastic 33.5% achieving the highest possible grade combination of D*D*D*

–       A total of 1306 entries across A Levels and BTECs achieved high grades (64%)

–       Strong performing A Level subjects include: Further Maths where 83% of students achieved A* – B grades, Media Studies where 79% of students achieved A*- B grades, Film Studies where 74% of students achieved A*- B grades, Photography where 68% of students achieved A*- B grades, Business Studies where 54% of students achieved A* – B grades, Spanish where 57% of students achieved A*- B grades, Graphic Design where 53% of students achieved A*- B grades and Geography where 50% of students achieved A* – B grades

–       Consistently high performing BTEC Extended Diploma subjects include: Health and Social Care where 82% of students achieved a minimum of one D* grade, Business where 76% of students achieved a minimum of one D* grade, Applied Science where 67% of students achieved a minimum of one D* grade and Sport & Exercise Science where 65% of students achieved a minimum of one D* grade.

In 2017 NSCG sent more students to university than any college in Staffordshire and the Group is predicting that today’s excellent results should once again see it maintain its position as the leading provider of students to higher education in the area, with over 1100 students set to be accepted in to their chosen universities.

Top performing students at the College are expected to progress to a number of prestigious universities across the UK including; University of Cambridge, Cardiff University, University of Exeter, King’s College London, Queen’s University Belfast, LIPA, University of Birmingham, University of Bristol, University of Durham, University of Leeds, University of Manchester, University of Newcastle, University of Nottingham, University of Warwick and The Courtauld Institute of Art.

Karen Dobson, Principal and Chief Executive of NSCG said:

“I’d like to pass on my personal congratulations to all of the students who are collecting their results today, as always I am so proud of what the students achieve during their time with us.  I am delighted to once again see year on year increases in Level 3 student performance, which will no doubt maintain our position as one of the top college providers nationally for 16 to 18 year old learners.”

Continued Karen:

“I am confident that the class of 2018 will leave NSCG fully equipped with the qualifications, skills and confidence to be successful in their further studies, employment or apprenticeship.  We wish them every success in their future careers and we look forward to following their progression with interest.  With September fast approaching, we are also looking forward to welcoming many new students to both our Newcastle College and Stafford College campuses and hope that these students are excited to become a part of our continued success story.”

Annually around 95% of NSCG students progress to university, an apprenticeship or employment.