Staff and students celebrate top A-level results

Students at Parkwood 6th Form with their results
Students at Parkwood 6th Form with their results

STAFF and students at the town’s two further education centres saw another year of outstanding A-level results today (Thursday).

Parkwood 6th Form, made up of Helenswood and William Parker Sports College students, saw its overall pass rate increase to 98 per cent. Last year it stood at 97.4 per cent.

The college saw a 90 per cent A*-C pass rate in English Literature and art graphics. History saw an 88 per cent rate for the same grades, and 100 per cent of students studying geography at Parkwood achieved an A*-C grade.

Students who achieved straight A* and A grades at Parkwood 6th Form included George Atkinson, Holly Belcher, Mika Burgess, Andrew Graham, Winni Jarvis and Angharad Lock.

Lucy Monk, joint head of Parkwood 6th Form, congratulated students as they received their results.

She said: “The class of 2012 have demonstrated that a sharp focus on excellence has reaped rewards for all. Congratulations are due to each and every student for their wonderful outcomes and we wish them every success as they move into their next phase of education.”

John Court, also joint head, said: “All students should be praised for the commitment and resilience they have shown during their studies. Their results are a reflection of the collaboration between students, teachers and the pastoral support team in a year of uncertainty surrounding university places and employment opportunities for young people.”

Students from Academy 6, the A-level division of Sussex Coast College, performed well, meaning the college’s pass rate was 99 per cent overall.

Even though the rate dropped by half a per cent, staff and students alike were ecstatic at this year’s results.

Jim Sharpe, head of Academy 6, said: “These consistently outstanding results have been achieved by ensuring that we put students, learning and teaching at the heart of everything we do. This is combined with a commitment to employing the best teachers and the most effective teaching strategies from schools and 6th form colleges across the UK.”

April Carrol, deputy principal, said: “We are delighted by success rates at both AS and A2 levels this year. They clearly demonstrate the college’s continued drive to provide the very best quality of educational provision for the young people of Hastings, Bexhill and Rother.”

Anton Savenkov successfully achieved an A* and two As in further maths, maths and physics, all while holding down a full-time job. He will be going to Warwick University to study mechanical engineering.

Mark Stevenson was delighted with his four A* grades in chemistry, physics, maths and economics. Mark, who previously studied at Robertsbridge Community College, will be going to Bath University to read economics.

Lucy Dye will be heading to Brighton University to study pharmacy after getting two As and a B in psychology, biology and chemistry. She previously studied at The Grove (now St Leonards Academy).

Evie Allum will be staying on at Sussex Coast College after securing a place on the award-winning Foundation Degree in Art at the college’s Higher Education division. She achieved an A*, A and B in fine art, graphic design and history.

Clive Cooke, college principal, said: “Congratulations to all our students. This is what they have been working so hard for. For many of them it means moving on to new and exciting studies elsewhere. Others will remain at the college, where they will join a higher education course and get their degree. They can all be very proud of what they have achieved.”