A Level results day success
Students at high performing Queen Alexandra Sixth Form College have proved perfect in their learning by attaining a 100% A level pass rate. They achieved the unbeatable level in all 19 subjects taken over the past two years at the North Shields college.And they did so amid the coronavirus pandemic, which forced them to adapt to home learning – and new online support from tutors – for the last few months of their courses. In fact, the 69 A level students performed so well in their new style studies they raised the bar even higher than the previous two years, when the pass rate was 99%.
The young learners achieved a 100% high grade A*-B pass in geography, 83% in Further Maths, 80% in classic civilisation and chemistry, and 75% in physics and art and design. Their success was based on the results of mock exams, levels of progress in tests and checks taken every six weeks during course time – and the high attainment rates of previous years.
Grades, based upon all these factors those in-college results, were submitted to exam boards in mid-June. Student Alex Parker, 18, excelled by gaining A* in chemistry, physics, maths and Further Maths – and is all set to study civil engineering at Imperial College London. He said:
I got the grades I wanted, I guess I couldn’t have done any better, but I’m surprised at just how well I did. Obviously I’d hoped to do well, but I didn’t expect to do quite this well. I was nervous the night before my results and I didn’t sleep very well, so it was a tremendous relief to have got these grades. I was able to keep learning throughout the coronavirus situation by getting great support from my teachers.
Lucy Gibson, 18, gained A* in maths and Further Maths and an A in law – and now plans to take a maths degree at Newcastle University. She said:
I had to work hard to do this well, I’m delighted with my results. Last year, I was diagnosed with ADHD and knowing that has made a huge difference to my learning, I was able to get more targeted support. I got no sleep at all in the hours before the results, I was so very nervous, it’s a big relief to have gained these grades.
Lee Patterson, Head of Queen Alexandra Sixth Form College, said:
I’m thrilled with the extremely high level of success achieved by our A level students. It has been a challenging time for teaching and learning, but these exceptional results show just how well everyone at the college adapted. Our students grasped what was required of them in this period of unprecedented change and upheaval to their learning. They maintained fantastic commitment and remained inspired and determined to learn to the best of their abilities throughout the challenges of the past months. By monitoring their work online, we even witnessed the hard work they continued to put in during Easter and Whit holidays. The teaching team also deserve great credit for the way they pulled together and adapted to new ways of tutoring. They quickly understood the key role of online learning and were able to support students by using this technology, every step of the way. Technology employed included interactive Zoom and Microsoft Teams, and also the college’s internal Moodle learning system.
Mo Dixon, Principal of Tyne Metropolitan College, the venue for this year’s results, added:
Levels of engagement by the learners remained very high at all times. While the 100% pass rate is a great achievement, it is only what I would have expected, had they been able to learn at Queen Alexandra as usual. Traditionally, it is a very high performing college and always strives to get the best out of its learners. I expect Queen Alexandra to reopen in September, albeit with some remote learning for large groups, and I think it’s clear students want to get back into the classroom. There is no real substitute for being in a college to learn, and everyone wants to get the learning experience back to normal.
Queen Alexandra Sixth Form College also performed with distinction at AS level, with its 81 students attaining an overall 87% pass rate and an 84% achievement rate across 15 subjects Results included a 100% pass rate in Further Maths, English literature and English language. Dr Lindsey Whiterod CBE, Chief Executive of Tyne Coast College, of which Queen Alexandra Sixth Form College is a part, praised students and tutors alike, she said:
Students have had to adapt to learning in a way which was unthinkable just a few months ago, and they have done wonderfully well. The results show clearly how much commitment they have to their studies and how well they have taken to home learning. The hard work and efforts of the college’s staff should also be recognised, for they too have had to quickly change the way they teach. Throughout this period, they have shown a desire to maintain, and even improve upon, the already very high levels of learning at the college. I am very much looking forward to welcoming our A level and AS level students back to Queen Alexandra in September for the new academic term.