Hundreds of local students from nearby schools, alongside their parents, made the journey to Cornwall College St Austell last week to attend a specialist A-level information evening.
Students from Year 10 and 11 from such schools as Penrice Academy, Poltair School, Brannel School, Fowey River Academy and as far away as Looe Community Academy and Liskeard School, gathered at the A-level Centre for a showcase of subjects on offer and to find out the reason the College achieved such impressive A-level statistics in the summer.
In August, Cornwall College students achieved record breaking results for A-levels with an overall pass rate of 99.6%, which is well above the national average of 98.1%. The St Austell students achieved a 100% pass rate in 25 out of 26 subjects which includes; English Language, English Literature, Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Geology, Geography, History and Law.
Head of A-levels at Cornwall College St Austell Chris Taylor, said: “It’s been fantastic to welcome so many students and parents from the local area and beyond to our A-level Centre at Cornwall College St Austell. It’s an important point in the year for Year 11 students, who will soon be making important choices about their next steps following school. I would encourage every student to find out as much information as they can to make an informed decision about the route they want to progress onto.
“This year, the standard of results our A-level students achieved has been the best ever, culminating in the College being recognised by the A Level Performance System (ALPS) as in the top tier of A-level providers across the U.K. The ALPS data analyses the progress made by students during their time at Cornwall College St Austell and shows that the Overall Quality Indicator Score is Grade 1, along with the overall teaching quality indicator, both of which is equal to the best scores in the sector’s top 1%.”
Visitors to the College were welcomed with healthy refreshments, introduced to course lecturers and shown the facilities that are available to Cornwall College students, including the modern classrooms, IT suites and large open-plan social space that make up the dedicated A-level Centre.
Student ambassadors that had previously studied at local secondary schools were also on hand to give advice and guidance about studying at the College. Parents and pupils also found out about student services such as the excellent level of support and transport available, enrichment opportunities and more.
The large number of Cornwall College alumni who achieved amazing results in the summer have now begun their next steps, with the majority now having progressed onto study at university. Notable examples include Kobe Marshall-Stevens who is studying Mathematics at University of Warwick, Tia Ellis who is studying English & Creative Writing at Plymouth University, Edward Stables who is studying Electro Engineering at Imperial College London and Dan Marks who went on to study Natural Sciences at University College London.
Former Cornwall College student Viviana Scholtz, said: “I got 3 A’s in Spanish, Photography and Film and an A* in Graphic Design; and gained a place in Preston in Lancashire to study Photography. I’ve really enjoyed studying here at Cornwall College St Austell and I would advise any students thinking of coming here to work hard, right from the beginning, and the work will pay off.”