Students and staff at Portsmouth College are celebrating the news of outstanding A level and BTEC results, with an overall pass rate of 98% for full-time A level students and 42% at grades A*-B. These figures sustain the now long-standing record of excellent A level results at the City’s sixth form college.
Our overall results for our second year leavers stand at 97% pass rate with 50% high grades, meaning that for the first time fully half of our second year students have left us with A*-B / Distinction grades.
The College welcomes a high proportion of its students from partner schools in the City and is delighted to be a key player in their progression from success at school through to today’s fantastic results and, in many cases, their achievement in securing first choice places at university or in employment.
Aimee Wragg achieved A* A* A in Physics, Maths and Philosophy and has secured a prestigious place at Cambridge University to study Philosophy. She even exceeded the grade requirements for Cambridge!
Amir Hussain was delighted with his A*, A, A in Maths, Biology and Chemistry. He has secured a place to study Biomedical Sciences at Southampton University. He is really happy to have won this competitive place at his first choice university.
Ben Jackson achieved a Triple Distinction in Music Technology, equivalent to three ‘A’ grades. He was shortlisted for BTEC student of the year because of the fantastically high quality of his music composition. He is off to study Creative Music Technology at Bath Spa University and will continue working and creating professional music.
Principal, Steve Frampton, expressed his delight for our students and their parents, and for the College:
“We are very proud of our amazing, hard-working students and all they have achieved over the last two, or in some cases three years. Nearly all passed everything, and the majority, with strong high grades, which will allow them to progress to excellent universities all over the UK, or seek employment in their chosen vocation. They were a great pleasure to work with, and we are very proud of them, and would like to congratulate them all, and their parents and supporters. They leave us as confident, well prepared, respectful global citizens, with strong employability and academic skills, due to all the support, hard-work and commitment of our very dedicated and professional team of college staff, who I know our students, and their parents, have really appreciated. This tri-partite partnership is at the heart of our students success and today we are all joined in celebrating the considerable achievements of those students who are leaving us now to go on to further study at Oxbridge, and other top universities all over the country including London, and equally those who have gained employment and apprenticeships locally and beyond. Well done to them all!
Equally pleasing is the performance of the largest cohort of students in the college's history, in their first year external exams including their AS levels. They achieved record breaking external exam results, both as pass rates and high grades. This can be the foundation of another fantastic set of A level and vocational results next summer, and sustain the year-on-year improvements made in recent years. It is a very exciting time for our students and our college, coming on the back of being recognised as one of the most rapidly growing and popular colleges in the country, with an outstanding reputation for innovation, support, skills development, and of course outstanding teaching and learning. As importantly as this national recognition, is what our students tell us every day, and without doubt the overwhelming majority have really enjoyed and valued their college experience. We are delighted that our unique, respectful timetable, investment in Apple iPad minis for all our 1400 students, and the brilliant work of our specialist and dedicated staff has enabled them to have such an enjoyable, fun, interesting and successful time at college. We are confident these excellent achievements will be the foundation of very successful futures for these wonderful and talented young people, and we wish them all every future success and happiness. Both these two very successful year groups are students predominantly from our local secondary schools, and they are proving to be inspirational role models for local Portsmouth pupils.
We now eagerly look forward to next Thursday, when nearly 150 of our own 16-19 students will get their GCSE and other Level 2 results, along with 1600 year 11 pupils in our partner city schools. It is an equally stressful wait for our 250 city adult learners, the majority of whom are re-taking their Maths and English courses to try and improve their employability skills, and to help their children and grandchildren with their core numeracy and literacy skills. We wish all these 2000 students every success next week. We hope they will be celebrating after all their hard work and commitment, and look forward to helping many of them with the next stages of their education and achieving their dreams and goals."
Summary of statistics:
- 98% Pass rate for full-time A level students
- 42% A level students achieving the top grades, A*-B
- 97% Overall pass rate for level 3 leavers
- 50% Overall high grades for level 3 leavers