North Somerset A-level results success at Weston College
North Somerset A-level results have been released today, ending a nervous wait by students.
One college in the region happy to hear the news is Weston College, which celebrated its most outstanding results in years.
Expectant students arrived at the College’s University Campus in Loxton Road to receive their A level results, which will decide their futures post-18.
Weston College in North Somerset has around 30,000 enrolments, offering 32 A levels, 40 apprenticeships and over 100 vocational courses.
This year’s A Level graduates will be the first to attend university following increased tuition fees – This year 99.8 per cent passed their A Levels, with 80 per cent achieving A*-C grades, and 50 per cent gaining A*-B.
The national pass rate rose for the 30th year in succession, with 98 per cent of students passing their exams, though there was a small percentage fall in the numbers of those gaining A* or A.
This year saw many success stories at Weston College, including that of Tom Stephen, 18, of Grove Road, Weston, who gained A*s in Maths and Biology, and an A in Chemistry. He will now take up a place at Loughborough University studying Chemical Engineering.
He said: “I worked very hard and I’m delighted. Weston College has been a terrific place to study. They give you all the resources you need to achieve, and also the freedom to socialise and make good friends.”
However, not all students are planning an academic route. Chrissie Gravell, 18, of Worlebury, is already working as an apprentice at Specsavers in Clevedon. She picked up her results on Thursday and is pleased with the way her career is progressing.
“I didn’t fancy going to university and I wanted some practical work experience. My aim is to become a dispensing optician and I can definitely do this through Specsavers’ career progression route.”
Dr Paul Phillips, Weston College Principal and Chief Executive said the A level results were testament to ‘brilliant teachers and a superb learning environment in which students are supported during their studies.’
“Our results reflect a dynamic institution totally committed to the learners of North Somerset and the many learners who travel to us from Bristol, Bath and Bridgwater.”
To find out more about Weston College’s A-Level Results, visit http://www.weston.ac.uk/