Two talented students from Queen Alexandra Sixth Form College in North Shields were delighted to receive university acceptance offers from Oxbridge. The Queen Alex A level students were astounded to find out they had been accepted to the UK’s most famous institutions.

Marc Bal who will be reading Plant Sciences at Cambridge demonstrated an affinity with Biology from an early age said: “My interviews, for plant science, consisted of some problem solving and algebra, but the vast majority was absorbed by passionate discussion about plants, insects and ecosystems. I exited both of my interviews feeling as though I’d been gifted a rare opportunity to talk about that which sends most people to sleep when I am in a botanical mood. I do feel I demonstrated a decent ability to attempt problems (even if not solving them correctly or fully) and also a passion for my subject. However, there is no truly accurate way for me to know what it was that made my interviews successful, I suppose it could have been my blue turtleneck jumper!”

Marc is expected to receive A*AA in his A Levels at Queen Alex and added: “I had so much support from the teachers and staff at Queen Alex. The applications process for Cambridge is, perhaps despite common belief, rather similar to most other universities. It still involves application to the University through UCAS, though it must be done at an earlier date than most other applications. My pastoral tutor, Carly was the driving force during the application process and really helped to give me the confidence to just go for it! It took a lot of preparation but it was really worth it and I feel ready for the next steps after Sixth Form.” The Sixth Form College which currently boasts a 99.8% pass rate at A Level, offers the widest choice of A Levels in North Tyneside and a unique experience at A Level, with tailored one to one pastoral support, state-of-the-art facilities and a supportive yet independent environment that provides the perfect stepping stone to Higher Education or other successful career paths.

Carlos Purves who is on his way to read Computer Sciences at Cambridge after studying Mathematics and Further Mathematics and Additional Further Mathematics at A Level, said: “I’m absolutely thrilled to have received the confirmation place which was a very surreal by gratifying moment. There really is no secret to it, its all about hard work and the perseverance to succeed. My time at Queen Alex has prepared me for this moment. The teaching is excellent and the support you receive is incredible.” Carlos’s former Head Teacher Joan Bloomfield from Marden High School in North Shields said: “It is such a delight for me to see the development Carlos has made, I used to teach him business studies and right from the start I knew he was going to be an exceptional student, he possesses real talent and always demonstrated a level of knowledge above his peers. Carlos is also one of the most caring, compassionate and kindest pupils I had the pleasure to teach and I wish him every success in the future.

The partnership that we have with the College provides a seamless transition between School, Sixth Form to University and it is something we are working to develop further.” Head of Queen Alexandra Sixth Form College, Lee Patterson said: “This a very exciting time for everyone at Queen Alex. Marc and Carlos’s success highlights how having a passion for your studies can open doors. We are all incredibly proud of Marc and Carlos’s achievement. At Queen Alex we work hard to make aspirations a reality through outstanding teaching and the right learning environment.”

With top results across the board, students praised teaching staff for their passionate attitude and dedication – further evidence of the high standard of teaching and learning delivered at Queen Alexandra Sixth Form College by specialist A Level teachers. Secure your place at Queen Alexandra for September 2016 – visit or call 0191 229 5123 for more information.