A-Level Pass Rate Rises At Weymouth College
4:58pm 14th August 2014
(Updated 4:59pm 14th August 2014)
Weymouth College has bucked the national trend for A Level results.
Students have achieved a pass rate of 96%, which is an 11% increase on last year.
Nationally the pass rate has fallen for the first time in three decades.
The college, which is now in the Top 10% of UK colleges based on latest success rates, has seen a spectacular rise in performance and is now ranked in the UK’s Top 20 Colleges.
Principal of Weymouth College, Liz Myles, said: “These students can be very proud of their efforts this year, as we are. They’ve worked incredibly hard to invest in their future and achieve their ambitions. As staff at the College, we’re pleased to have been able to support them in doing so.”
These students are the first group of A Level students to have enjoyed the College’s refurbished Sixth Form facilities, which opened last summer.
Head of Sixth Form, Howard Brierly, said “We’re proud of the hard work every student put into their studies this year and we’re delighted with their results. Together with my colleagues, I wish all our students the very best of luck and every success with their future endeavours.”
For those students who don’t receive the results they had planned for, the college guidance team will be on hand all day to offer advice and support on next steps.
Commenting on today’s AS and A level results Andy Woolley, South West Regional Secretary of the NUT, the largest teachers’ union said:
“Congratulations to all students receiving their A level results, on what is a significant and nerve wracking day in their lives. A levels are demanding courses. At a time of unprecedented change in education policy, teachers have continued to put students first and support them to achieve their personal best. For those who did not get the results they needed do not despair there will be a range of options available to help you continue with the next stage in your education or career."
Commenting on the A-level results, Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT, the largest teachers’ union in the UK, said:
“Congratulations must go to young people and their teachers who have worked so hard to deliver yet another excellent set of results.
“It is clear that standards have been maintained across the board and credit for that must go to teachers who have, yet again, pulled out all the stops to ensure that young people are supported to achieve their best.
“They have achieved these results against a backdrop of savage cuts to pay and funding and attacks on their professionalism and working conditions. In addition, they have been preparing for reforms to the curriculum and qualifications that have been rushed through at breakneck speed."