Students at Cornwall College St Austell are celebrating after achieving record breaking results for A-levels this year. Overall the pass rate is 99.6%, which is well above the national average of 98.1%.
The St Austell students achieved a 100% pass rate in 25 out of 26 subjects which includes; English Language, English Literature, Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Geology, Geography, History and Law.
Head of Cornwall College St Austell, Chris Taylor, said: “I am extremely proud of all our students, their tremendous hard work has paid off and we are delighted that this year is a record breaker. Cornwall College St Austell has successfully provided the opportunity for students to study A-levels in the St Austell Bay area for many years. We offer students the opportunity to study on their doorstep, at an award winning college which achieves fantastic results.”
84.3% of students at Cornwall College St Austell achieved an A* to C grade, which is an increase of 11% ahead of last year. Chris continues: “This moment represents the end of two years hard work for both students and staff supported by parents and carers; I am immensely proud! Our staff are passionate about inspiring young people from local schools to achieve their goals. Today is the culmination of all this hard work and the start of a new chapter for the students as they go on to the next step in their careers, to university, work or further training.”
Kobe Marshall-Stevens who achieved 4 A-levels, 2 A* and 2 A’s, is one of only a handful of students across the country to study Further Pure Maths and is now looking forward to studying at Warwick University, part of the prestigious Russell Group: “I am very pleased with my results, I got A* in Mathematics and Further Mathematics and A grades in Physics and Further Pure Mathematics. I focused over the last year on the grades that I needed to achieve, as I’ve always wanted to go to Warwick.”
Edward Stables from Fowey is delighted with his results: “It’s incredible and awesome to know that all the hard work has paid off. I’ve achieved an A* and two A Grades and I’m now off to study Electro Engineering at Imperial College London. The lecturers at St Austell have been really helpful and I’d just like to say a thank you to them for their support.”
Viviana Schulz, from Venezuela, is another student who has done exceptionally well: “I got 3 A’s in Spanish, Photography and Film and an A* in Graphic Design; I’m off to Preston in Lancashire to study Photography. I’ve really enjoyed studying here at St Austell and I would advise any students thinking of coming here to work hard, right from the beginning, and the work will pay off.”
18 year old Tia Ellis from Bodmin said: “I feel great, it has been very nerve racking getting my results today, but I am delighted. It has been a lot of work to get here today; many hours of revision and hard work in class. I am going on to Plymouth University to study English and Creative Writing; it’s a subject I love.”
Tia’s grandad, Clayton Roberts, is very proud of his eldest granddaughter: “This is a fantastic day for us as a family, she has worked so hard for this. I wish I had her work ethic when I was younger. I’ve not slept I’ve been that nervous, but I have 14 grandchildren and Tia is the first to get her A-Level results, so I have this 13 more times to come.”
Many students study A-levels as a progression route to higher education and Cornwall College still has clearing places available on some of its degree programmes, awarded by Plymouth University.
A dedicated hotline is open, manned by the College’s specialist staff on 0845 22 32 567. Further details are available at www.cornwall.ac.uk/university.