A Level students at Queen Alexandra Sixth Form College have shown once again that they are a class act with another bumper year of exam results.
With a 99% overall pass rate, there was real reason to celebrate for the students and teachers at the North Shields based sixth form college whose academic results have continued to soar year on year.
Offering a diverse selection of subjects taught by specialist A Level staff, its students now look set to pursue a range of exciting and varied opportunities.
Andrew Mobberley, a former Marden High School pupil from Cullercoats, was one of the many students with cause to celebrate. The 18 year old who secured two A* and two A grades in Maths, Further Maths, Physics and Chemistry is heading off to Edinburgh University to study Astro physics.
He said: "I have had an amazing two years at Queen Alexandra Sixth Form. I chose to study here because of the warm and friendly atmosphere and the support and encouragement of the teachers who go the extra mile."
Andrew was joined by his friend, Robert Moscrop, who having also secured two A*s and two As in Maths, Further Maths, Physics and History is heading to Cambridge to read Maths.
The former Astley High School student said: "I didn’t want to study A Levels within the confines of a school and Queen Alexandra Sixth Form College provided the perfect balance; it offers students the freedom to grow whilst providing great teaching and support."
Sara Foreman, 18 from Tynemouth was also celebrating after securing straight As in History, Classics and Sociology. The former Marden High School student is now off to study History and Philosophy at Newcastle University.
Kate Dowell, who travelled more than two hours each day from Sunderland to the North Shields campus was also celebrating her success securing a place at Edinburgh University to read History.
A number of proud parents joined their sons and daughters to celebrate at Queen Alexandra, including Carol and Tony Cavanagh with their son, Jonathan.
"With three A grades in Physics, Maths and Further Maths, plus a B in Chemistry; we are so proud of Jonathan’s achievements." said Carol Cavanagh.
"He started at a school sixth form, but didn’t settle or feel supported in their large classes – so he decided to move to Queen Alexandra and I genuinely believe it is this move that has secured his high grades and provided him with a supportive, enjoyable sixth form experience.
"I would highly recommend Queen Alexandra to any parent in North Tyneside, particularly those whose children are looking to pursue a career in sciences or maths; the teachers here really care about each student’s individual success and their extra attention and dedication boosted Jonathan’s ability to succeed."
Teachers at the sixth form college, which successfully bridges the gap between school and University, are delighted with the success of this year’s students and have praised their ongoing efforts and determination to succeed.
Denise Bolton, Head of Queen Alexandra Sixth Form College, said: "We are delighted with this year’s A Level results across the board but particularly the overwhelming success of our students studying Maths and Science subjects.
"We are the only college in the north east of England to have been awarded STEM Assured accreditation in recognition of our commitment to achieving the highest standards in Science, Maths and Technology and our ongoing investment has certainly reaped rewards for this year’s students.
"It is great that we are being recognised in this field and that science teachers from local schools are recommending our courses to their high achieving pupils."
She added: "Today’s fantastic results are evidence of the high standard of teaching and support delivered at Queen Alexandra Sixth Form College by specialist teaching staff, but also the mature attitude of our students to their learning."
She added: "We pride ourselves on our enviable position as a sixth form college and not a school; a sixth form college not only provides specialist A Level teaching but helps to bridge the gap between school and higher education, providing all the support the students need to succeed but in an environment that better prepares them for their next steps in life. We help to create independent learners which is no more apparent than in the mature attitude and approach our students have demonstrated in achieving such spectacular exam results.
"Whilst results are hugely important to us, we never lose focus on developing the individual and support our students to raise their aspirations to achieve their personal best in order to pursue a wide range of exciting courses and employment opportunities."
Queen Alexandra Sixth Form College and its sister establishment, Tyne Metropolitan College, passed their recent OFSTED inspection with flying colours. Rated ‘Good’ across all four key areas, the colleges have repeatedly proved that they match the best post 16 provision in the region with their high academic standards and quality of teaching.