As the first STEM Assured® college in the region; Queen Alexandra has a strong reputation for outstanding results in Science, and Maths subjects, which is no more evident than in this years’ exceptional A Level results. The Sixth Form College is passionate about promoting these subject areas and the exciting, rewarding careers attainable through STEM studies and received the highest scoring Biology results of any AQA centre across the country.
Head of Queen Alexandra, Lee Patterson, said: “Across the board, results have been outstanding - illustrating the successes of our Sixth Form including the quality of teaching and the support available to students which helps to prepare them for the next steps into Higher Education and a variety of career pathways.”
The STEM Assured® standard recognises excellence in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) provision across the Further Education sector, with a particular focus on industry relevance and embedding STEM skills across a range of learning areas. This award reflects the College’s determination to be at the forefront of STEM provision and meet the needs of local and national employers whilst providing opportunities for young people and adults to excel in exciting careers
Claire Robinson, 18, from North Shields was delighted to receive A’s in Chemistry and Biology along with a B in Physics, she said: “I was so nervous opening my results, my hands were shaking! But I am so overwhelmed and pleased with the results! I am now hoping to go to Leeds University to study medicinal chemistry. My time at Queen Alex has been brilliant, I’ve made so many friends and the teachers are fantastic – they have really supported my studies. The facilities and reputation for high pass rates in STEM-related subjects was one of the main reasons I chose Queen Alex Sixth Form - I couldn’t be more pleased.”
Adding to the College’s STEM success, Amy Brand, 18, from North Shields received a fantastic set of results which included an A in Biology and B’s Chemistry, Maths and further Maths – she will now be attending Queens University Belfast to study Pharmacy. She said: “I feel amazing! I’m so pleased with my results – I always knew I wanted to progress in a career in Science and Queen Alex has truly helped me to realise that dream. The support and teaching helped me to get through my exams; the teaching is first class – which is reflected in the results from the science department.”
Sophia Puliasis, 18, who came to the UK two years ago from Greece, was ecstatic to receive an A grade in Maths, and two Bs in Chemistry and Biology. Sophia said: “I couldn’t be happier with my grades – I now plan to study Biomedical Science at university. I feel prepared for the next step because Queen Alex offers so much support and the opportunities are amazing – I was awarded STEM student of the Year 2014 at the College and was Head of the Student Council. I’m really proud of all that I have achieved at Queen Alex Sixth Form – I have made some great memories.”
Queen Alexandra’s Biology Teacher Lucy Galley, said: “I’m absolutely delighted with our science students’ results - they have all done remarkably well. As a women in science myself, it’s a privilege to see more and more young women come forward and want to study STEM subjects. The results indicate a true passion, commitment and determination to carve out a successful future in science – I wish all of them every success.”
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. There’s still time to enrol on AS or A Level subjects at Queen Alexandra for September – visit www.queenalex.co.uk or call 0191 229 5123 for more information.