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A Level-Success for Brighton’s Students

A Level-Success for Brighton’s Students
Cavan Halley

A-Level Success in the City

Today on the whole has been a day of great achievement for Brighton’s College students.

BHASVIC the city’s most successful state college celebrated an A-Level pass rate of 99.1% this morning (August 18), a 1% increase upon last year’s results.

Over 60% of students achieved A* to B grades with 12.1% of pass marks graded at A* a considerable increase on the national average. Thirty-seven students from BHASVIC have already received offers for places at either Oxford or Cambridge with a high number of these expected to make the final cut. This is more good news for the college as it has retained its place in the top three sixth form college nationally on both raw results and value added data.

Students celebrate an incredible A-level pass rate of 99.1% at Bhasvic.

Students celebrate an incredible A-level pass rate of 99.1% at Bhasvic.

New Principal, William Baldwin, said: “I am delighted to be taking up the position of Principal at such an outstanding college. These results reflect the determination and hard work of our students and the dedication and professionalism of all staff here at BHASVIC.”

“Parents and our partner schools must also get credit and thanks for their input into these results. They are testament to the learning culture that has been created here at BHASVIC and are evidence that students who come here have every opportunity to fulfil their potential. BHASVIC really is changing lives through learning.”

“Congratulations to all our students – whether they are going off to university, gap years or into the workplace – we wish them the best of luck for their future.”

Top of the Pile for Brighton College

Meanwhile Brighton College continued its legacy of impressive results with two-hundred of its sixth-formers obtaining more than five-hundred A* and A grades between them, of which two-hundred and one were A*s.

Head Master Richard Cairns said: “As ever, this reflects brilliantly on the commitment and hard work of our pupils, the inspirational teaching of our Common Room and the huge efforts made by all members of staff in helping to support those individuals who need that little bit extra help to achieve what we knew they were capable of.”

“We judge our success not just by how we help the most able, but by how we lift up and enthuse those for whom academic work is more demanding. What gives me greater pleasure than all the A* grades is to see a pupil with three B grades celebrating an achievement he or she never thought possible. That is really what a Brighton College education is all about.”

Continued improvement at Varndean College

Varndean College also saw an improvement upon last years results seeing those obtaining A* to C grades up 3.4% on last year rising to an impressive 81.4%.

Varndean College students collect their results.

Varndean College students collect their results.

Dr Philip Harland, principal, said: “Varndean College looks set to have outstanding value-added again this year, as students achieve higher grades than their previous GCSE results predict.”

“Our students have done incredibly well in achieving these exceptional results whilst also getting involved in the many other activities on offer at Varndean College. They have worked hard and thoroughly deserve their success. I would also like to thank my staff for their enthusiasm, dedication and inspirational teaching which has helped students to achieve these excellent results.”

Varndean’s A-Level results success comes a month after another impressive showing in its performance in the International Baccalaureate. Varndean is the only college designated by the government to offer the course in Brighton and Hove. It’s average score is 36.02 which is the equivalent of 3 A grades at A level. The College also scores an impressive 98% pass rate for those taking the course.

IB Co-ordinator Dr Sean McEvoy said: “Varndean College is the country’s highest-performing IB College. With around 50 students in each year group, we are now one of the largest IB centres, but still small enough to feel like a real community of students who love learning.”

Are you celebrating A-level success today? Let us know what you’re doing to celebrate…

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