Telford College is celebrating another improved set of A Level results, outperforming the national average and including a record-breaking percentage of high grades.
The college’s 7th Form has seen an overall 11% rise in high grades this year, with 100% pass rates across three quarters of its curriculum areas, including English language and literature, further maths, physics, biology, chemistry, geography, economics, business studies, law, psychology, and computer science.
Principal and chief executive Graham Guest said: “We know how hard our students have worked over the past year in these challenging times, so it’s a real pleasure to see their efforts being rightly rewarded.
“We’ve been determined to ensure that no Telford College students are left behind as a result of the pandemic, and it’s been a real team effort.
“It is satisfying to see overall achievement for our AS and A levels continue to rise, once again running comfortably above the national average.”
Aprille Rose, 19, from Hadley, got A*, A and B in her fine art, physics and maths A levels, and now plans to study an architecture degree at Sheffield University.
The former Hadley Learning Community student said she appreciated the way Telford College had given her more independence than a 6th form.
“Fine art allowed me to become independent in projects and allowed me to explore my potential, maths was challenging, and the practicals in physics were both educational and fun.”
Kaycee Owen, 19, from St Georges, moved to Telford College from Madeley Academy after the first year of her A levels, and achieved two A grades and a B from her maths, chemistry and biology studies.
She said: “I really enjoyed my A Levels at college. My teachers changed my perspective of learning – thoroughly. I am incredibly grateful for everything college has offered me.
“My teachers have supported my every dream and I’ll be forever grateful. They made me feel worthy of good grades with the hard work I put in – they go above and beyond for each one of us and we’re all very grateful.”
Callum Macmillan, 18, from Albrighton, was previously home schooled before enrolling at Telford College. He achieved a hat-trick of A* grades in his computing, maths and physics A levels.
He said: “I would definitely recommend Telford College, as the experience was great and enjoyable. The teachers have been so helpful. I would like to do a degree in electronic engineering and most likely become and electronic engineer.
Former Thomas Telford School student Chloe Ashfield, 18, studied biology, psychology and sociology A levels, and achieved one grade A and two Bs.
She said: “The subject choice at Telford College was much better, meaning I could choose courses that would stand out at university. Everyone wants you to succeed and pushes you to do your best.”
Chloe plans to go to Coventry University to study paramedic science with the hope eventually becoming a paramedic in the NHS.
Jessica Terry from Wellington has her sights set on a teaching career, enrolling on a childhood studies course at Aberystwyth University.
The 17-year-old achieved two As and a B from her criminology, sociology and English language A levels.
“Telford College has given me more freedom as well as a better support network between students and staff – a much more interactive experience. The support I received with my course work has been absolutely outstanding.”
Margarita Donkoh Lockner, 20, from Hadley, was previously schooled in Spain, but thrived on her Telford College A level courses, achieving A* grades in both maths and further maths, plus an A in her extended project, and B in physics.
She is now planning to become a structural engineer, starting with a civil engineering course at the University of Bath.
Margarita said: “When I moved to the UK I knew I wanted to continue with some scientific subjects that I did in Spain. It was never my intention to choose further mathematics but when I started I really enjoyed it.
“I recommend Telford College because it’s easily accessible, and teachers and tutors are always there to help you towards your career prospects.”