Exceptional Results Again for Alton College

Alton College celebrated another exceptional year of outstanding results with a 99.2 % pass rate for A levels and 100% for vocational courses. The national average is 98%.  More than three quarters of A level subjects achieved 100% pass rate with over a quarter of students being awarded A*-A while over 77% achieved A*-C.  100% of students passed the BTEC and Cambridge Technical Extended Diplomas, which are the equivalent to three A levels and 61% of those achieved the highest grades of three Distinction*. All students who studied the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) achieved A*-C grades with 94% achieving A*-B.  

Results in traditional A level subjects such as English, Maths, STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths), Modern Foreign Languages, History, Geography alongside Performing and Creative Arts, were particularly notable for success. 

An impressive 100% of students gained A*-B in ‘Double Maths’ A level and nearly 75% of Engineering students achieved top grades. 100% of Performing Arts students also achieved high grades and 90% of BTEC Extended Diploma Art and Design students achieved three Distinction*.

Damian Hinds, Minister of State for Employment and MP for East Hampshire congratulated the College. He said: ‘Alton College offers students first class tuition in an environment of great achievement and purpose and this is reflected each year in the College’s exceptional exam results. We are fortunate to have such an outstanding academic institution in our area preparing young people for their futures as the perfect bridge between school and employment and higher education’.

Sara Russell, Principal said: ‘Our students are incredible and this year, as every year, I’m so proud of their sensational achievements. I’m thrilled with our outstanding 99.2% A level pass rate. I’d like to offer huge congratulations to our amazing students as thanks to their dedication and hard work together with the unique support and high quality teaching from our expert Sixth Form staff. The College has exceeded current national averages and achieved yet another set of outstanding results.’

‘Each year 92% of our students leave us for Higher and Further Education and employment. Nearly 19% of those who continue to university go on to Russell Group Universities, including the University of Oxford and University of Cambridge. An impressive 29% of our A level students achieve a First Class Hons Degree at University (the national average for Sixth Form Colleges and School Sixth Forms is 22%). Furthermore independent economic analysts have calculated that our Level 3 learners will earn over £8,000 more per year in higher earnings than those with no formal qualifications’, she said, adding: ‘Around 40% of Alton College students go on to study STEM subjects at university with Creative Arts the second largest subject. This year five of our music students gained places at highly competitive top Music Conservatoires’.

Jon Myers, Vice Principal explained: ‘Life at Alton College prepares our students for their future. In addition to our high quality courses taught by experienced, specialist Sixth Form staff, we offer unique personal support and guidance. Our Personal Tutors not only support students they also teach them and we also have a dedicated Careers Advisor. In September we launch our New College Day, an innovative change to our timetabling which creates up to 50 hours more teaching each year and enables more opportunity for work experience and extra-curricular activities from learning business skills to Bar Mock Trails to competitive sports, through our dedicated enrichment programme: The Alton College Experience. We have a thriving Students’ Union, scholarships provided by independent charity, the Alton College Foundation, and initiatives such as ‘talks@altoncollege’ where speakers such as broadcaster Alastair Stewart OBE give Q&A sessions in our industry standard theatre.’

Gabby Kelly, previously at The Petersfield School achieved A* in Biology, A* in Chemistry, A* in Maths and A* in EPQ and will study medicine at Cardiff University. She said: ‘I’ve thoroughly enjoyed studying at Alton College. The incredible facilities and experienced, supportive staff have helped me to achieve my dream to study medicine at university. I’ve been waiting for this day for years and I’m so happy!’. 

Rachel Gasson, previously at Amery Hill School achieved A* in Chemistry, A* in Biology and A in Maths and will study Sport Science at the University of Birmingham. She said: ‘I really appreciated the support and freedom to study independently outside lessons in the Learning Resource Centre’.

Mo Gifford, previously at Perins achieved three Distinction* in the BTEC Extended Diploma in Engineering and is going on to study an Apprenticeship with Cranford Controls in Alton.  She said: ‘I loved the Electronics element of the course and after completing a work placement at Cranford I was offered a job and an apprenticeship. Thank you Alton College!’.

Jack Dunne, previously at Eggar’s School achieved A* in Biology, A* in Chemistry, A* in EPQ and A in Maths and is taking a gap year before going on to study medicine at a Russell Group University. He said: ‘I chose Alton College as it’s a great College with a great reputation and on my doorstep. The Science teachers are so supportive and the facilities are fantastic.’

Paul Cumner, previously at Robert May’s School, achieved A* in Chemistry, A* in Further Maths, A* in Physics, A* in Maths and A* in EPQ and will go to study Engineering at the University of Cambridge. He said: ‘The teachers are really supportive at Alton College and the atmosphere is very welcoming. I thoroughly enjoyed studying Maths and Further Maths and the ability to choose modules in the second year meant I could tailor the course to my specific interests. This prepared me well for studying at Cambridge’. 

Kate Willett, previously at The Petersfield School, achieved A* in Biology, A in Chemistry, A in Maths and A* in EPQ and will study Biomedical Science at the University of Warwick. She said: ‘The teachers at Alton College are so supportive and inspiring, they’ve made such a difference to my grades. I took the Applying to Competitive Courses UCAS sessions and they helped me so much to create a stand-out personal statement.' 

James Cox, previously at Bohunt School achieved A* in History, A* in Maths, A* in EPQ and A in Law and will go on to study Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Kings College London. He said: ‘Alton College is the natural step after Bohunt. The College teaches you to be independent and the staff are experienced and specialist and really supportive.’

Thomas Hiller, previously at Eggar’s School, achieved three Distinction* in the BTEC Extended Diploma in IT and will go on to study Digital Design at Brunel University. He said: ‘I am really pleased with my results and can’t wait to start University in September. I’ve had a fantastic time at Alton College and the teachers were extremely supportive in helping me apply to University’.

Matthew Heard, previously at Amery Hill School, achieved an A* in Maths, A* in Physics and A in Chemistry and will go on to study Civil Engineering at the University of Birmingham. He said: ‘The teachers are brilliant, they are experienced and so supportive especially on applying for university. I’m really proud of the grades I’ve achieved and can’t wait to start September’.

Christopher Jordan, previously at Robert May’s School, and former Vice President of the Students’ Union, achieved A levels in Economics, Computer Science and Physics and will go on to an Apprenticeship at the Department of International Trade at the Treasury.  He said: ‘The College has been instrumental in helping me realise what I wanted to do with my future and how to achieve it. I saw the Treasury placement advertised at College and then my teachers helped me apply and practise for the interviews. I’ll be a Case Officer for Imports, Exports and Finance and I can’t wait to start!’

Rebecca Quinlan, previously at Frensham Heights School achieved A* English Literature, A* EPQ, A in Economics, B in Government and Politics and will go on to either the University of Leeds or Bristol to study Law. She said: ‘The teachers are so supportive and the extra extension sessions were amazing. I thoroughly enjoyed the EPQ it really taught me how to research and reference.’

Beth Welch, previously at Amery Hill School, achieved A in Biology, A in Chemistry and A in Maths and will go on to the University of Exeter to study Medical Science. She said: ‘My teachers were incredibly supportive, I could ask them anything and they would always help, recommend extra reading or extension work’.

Ella Cannings, previously at Amery Hill School, achieved A Chemistry, A in Biology, A in Maths and A in EPQ and will go to study Medicine at St George’s, University of London. She said: ‘The weekly Medicine Support Club really helped me with application to study at St George’s. I found the interview practice and help with the personal statement so useful’.

Flo Stoppani-White, previously at Alton Convent achieved A* Geography, A in Biology and A in Chemistry and will go on to study Science at the University of Exeter. She said: ‘I think Alton College really prepares you for your future. Its campus is great and the supportive staff are amazing.’

Luke Sykes, previously at Mill Chase Academy, achieved A* in Maths,  A in Computer Science, B in Economics and will go on to study Computer Science at the University of Exeter. He said: ‘I always wanted to study Computer Science at university and Alton College has helped me achieve this.’

Charlotte Cranmer, previously at Mill Chase Academy, achieved A* in Maths, A* in Biology and A in Further Maths and will go on to study Maths at the University of Surrey. She said: ‘All my teachers were so supportive and the Maths department is amazing’.

Jasmine Anwar, previously at Weydon School, achieved A* in Maths, A in Art and Design and A in English Literature and will go on to study Maths at the University of Leeds or Manchester. She said: ‘Alton College has provided amazing resources, teaching and a constant supply of help and information about taking maths further as well as opportunities to explore where it could take you.’

Tom Rodd, previously at Bohunt School, achieved A* in Biology, A* in Chemistry, A* in EPQ and A in Maths and will go on to the University of Nottingham to study Veterinary Medicine. He said: ‘I chose the College because it has a great reputation and transport links and the teaching support is second to none. I’m so grateful to be able to realise a long held ambition to study Vet Science’.

Emily White, previously at Amery Hill School achieved A in Biology, A in Chemistry, B in Maths and B in EPQ and will study Veterinary Medicine and Science at the University of Surrey. She said: ‘There is such a positive vibe at Alton College, it really encourages you to work hard. All the staff are so experienced and supportive. It really helped attending the College’s Medicine Support Club’. 

Rory Page, previously at Robert May’s School and former Students’ Union Media Officer achieved top grades in the BTEC Extended Diploma in Creative Media Production and will go on to study Journalism at the University of Leeds. He said: ‘Studying media at Alton College is fantastic. The Media suite is amazing and the teachers are so supportive they’ve helped me to realise my ambition of becoming a broadcast journalist’. 

Rachel Dicker, previously at Amery Hill School achieved Distinction*, Distinction, Distinction in the BTEC Extended Diploma in Creative Media Production and will go on to study TV Production at Southampton Solent University. She said: ‘The TV studio is incredible, such a great resource and the staff were so supportive they really helped me achieve high grades’.

Steven Robertson, previously at Bohunt School achieved A* in Further Maths, A* in Maths, A* in EPQ and A in Physics and and will go on to the University of Durham to study Maths. He said: ‘I chose to study at Alton as it is great preparation for university. I’d spent five years at school in the same place and so coming to Alton was the next step. The teachers are so enthusiastic they really helped me’.

Lisa Winkler, previously at Bohunt School, achieved A* in Further Maths, A* in Maths and A in Physics and will go on to study an MSc in Physics at Imperial College London. She said: ‘Studying at Alton College was fantastic, the staff are inspiring and supportive and I enjoyed the subject trips such as the Physics Trip to CERN’.

Joe Craven, previously at Eggar’s School achieved B in Economics, C in English Language and Literature and C in Music Technology and will go on to study Commercial Music at the University of Westminster. He said: ‘The College has the best music facilities and the music course is really business focussed. The music department has really supported me and helped me develop as a musician’. 

Dan Parry, previously at The Petersfield School, achieved A* in Biology, A in Chemistry, A in Maths and will go on to study Medicine at the University of Cardiff. He said: ‘The teachers at Alton are so inspiring and supportive they’ve really helped me during my course.’

There is still time to apply to study at Alton College for September 2017 and applications for September 2018 are now open, visit altoncollege.ac.uk or email enquiries@altoncollege.ac.uk .The College’s next Open Day is Thursday 5 October 3.30-8pm. For more information on the New College Day see altoncollege.ac.uk/newcollegeday

For more details on Alton College’s exam results please see altoncollege.ac.uk/the-college-exam-results