Increase in top grades for A Level students at Heathfield Community College.

Students at Heathfield Community College have improved further on last year’s high achieving and high attaining outcomes at A level, embedding a consistent trend of improvement at the College.

Amid concerns nationally around the outcomes of the more rigorous A level examinations, Heathfield Community College students secured excellent results, particularly those achieving the higher grades. 55% of students reached the gold standard of A* – B grades, 29% achieved the top grades of A*-A, 9% at A*, up again on previous years. 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. They open the doors to the aspirational and competitive courses and future pathways that students have been aiming for.

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 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 teachers and families.”

Notable top performers include Amy Bigwood (A*,A*,A*, A*(EPQ)) who will be studying Archaeology at Cambridge, William Bellingham (A*,A*,A*, A) who will be studying Physics at Durham and Ross Twinn (A*,A*,A*, A*(EPQ)) who will be studying History at London School of Economics. Lenka Della-Porta achieved (A*, Di*, A) who is taking Art Foundation. Gaining two A*’s are Abigail Smith (A*,A*, A) who will be studying Medicine at Nottingham.

Other high achievers include Amanda Bryant (A*, A, A) who will be studying Dentistry at Cardiff, Emily Bigwood (A*, A, A) who will be studying Maths at Nottingham, Sadie Chrusciel (A*, Di*, A), Luke Randhawa (A*, A, A) who will be studying Geography at Durham. Hannah Stevens (A*, A, A) Psychology at Sussex, Eleni Soares (A*, A, A) Psychology at Southampton, Pierce Woodard (A*, A, A) who will be studying Medicine at Kings College London, and Elise Wong (A*, A, A). _MG_0025x

Students who have made exceptional progress during their time with Heathfield Sixth Form include Jessica Colborne (A*, A, C) will be studying Biology at Sussex, Sam Turner (A, A, B (A*EPQ) who co-established, ran and presented on our College Radio Station will be studying Geography at Exeter. Dani Fenn (A, A, B) and will be studying Business Management at the University Surrey. Kai Thomas-Prause (A, B, B (A* EPQ) successfully achieved excellent results whilst balancing competing for the UK in archery and will now be studying Psychology at Warwick. Finley Howlett (A*, A, B) will be completing an Advanced Apprenticeship in Investment Banking.

Head of Sixth Form, Paul Evason “We continue to see an increase in students applying and gaining places for competitive courses at competitive universities. Along with this students are successfully applying for apprenticeships and taking gap years to further their skills for their next steps. We are immensely proud of their achievements this year.”

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.”


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