A Level results exceed the highest expectations

Students at Heathfield Community College have this year exceeded the highest expectations, achieving excellent A Level results. This reflects a continued trend of improvement for the College and is a step on from on last year’s very good outcomes, particularly for those students achieving the higher grades, including in the tougher reformed exam subjects; 54% of students reached the gold standard of A* – B grades, 26% achieved the top grades of A*-A and 84% gained A – C. At this stage provisional results show the pass rate at A* – E of 99%. In almost all academic A level subjects, the pass rate was 100%.

For the individual students and staff these results reflect exceptional progress across the College and are the outcome of significant individual hard work and determination.

Headteacher, Caroline Barlow, observed “These are a great set of results. We are delighted for our Sixth Form students and the staff, whose hard work and determination has produced the outstanding outcomes they deserve. A-levels are tough qualifications and have been made harder this year – I am immensely proud of how well our students have achieved at this level. This is a mark of their commitment, sheer hard work and the dedicated support from their great teachers and their families.”

Notable top performers with A* and As across all three of their subjects were Aaron Davies (Biology, Chemistry and Physics) who is planning to take a Gap Year and then to study Medicine; Harry Gully (Maths, Further Maths and Physics) who will be studying Physics and Theoretical Astrophysics at Nottingham University and Hannah Marsh (Biology, Chemistry and History) who will be studying Biochemistry at University of Bath. Hannah’s twin, Amy Marsh also did exceptionally well achieving 2 A*s in Chemistry, History and A in Biology, she will be studying Biochemistry at University of Bristol. Caitlin McCarthy also gained A*s in Biology, Maths and an A in Chemistry, she will be studying Oceanography at University of Southampton, one of the top universities for this course.

Other high achievers include Lizzie Coleman – Sociology(A*), Politics and Psychology (A) who will be studying Social Policy at London School of Economics, Abigail Jervis – Psychology(A*), Law and Spanish (A) plus an A* in EPQ who will be studying European Legal Studies at the University of Kent, Thomas Mann – Maths(A*), Chemistry and Physics (A) who will be studying Chemical Engineering at UCL and Bryony Tanner – Maths(A*), Further Maths and Computing (A) who will be studying Mathematics at the University of Kent.

Students who gained 3 As include Frank Davies (Maths, Biology and Chemistry) who will be going to the University of Cardiff to study Medicine; Parise Lockwood (Maths, Biology and Chemistry) Studying Biological Sciences at Imperial College, Harrison Reed (Maths, Further Maths and Physics) who will be Studying Mechanical Engineering at Southampton and Coral Swain (Maths, Biology and Chemistry) Studying Pharmacy at the University of Brighton.

A number of our students received unconditional offers having impressed admissions tutors with their applications. Samantha Pomfret achieved a double Distinction* in Double Sport BTEC and an A in Sociology but had already been offered place to study Paramedic Practice at the University of Brighton prior to results day owing to her excellent BTEC results.

The results across the College are particularly pleasing as they enable more students to go on to their preferred courses and destinations.

Head of Sixth Form, Paul Evason “The progress students have made is significantly better than previous years and is testament to their hard work. The College has had successes across all subjects with specific high achievement in A Level Art, English Literature, English Language, Geography, History and Sociology where 90% of students achieved grades A*-C. The commitment of our staff and the grit and determination of our students have shown to succeed has allowed them to successfully make the next steps after College.”

Caroline Barlow wished all the students well for the future. “We are proud of all of students at the College. We challenge them to meet our highest expectations and our Sixth Form have worked hard all year to do exactly that. I am hugely thankful to students, staff and to families for the determined, collaborative partnership that has enabled our students to be the best they can be. They are great role models for younger Heathfield students and will be a significant asset to the University, Apprenticeship and employment places they are now excitedly taking up.”