High-achieving students helped record a two per cent rise in top grades at Northampton College – bucking the national trend of an overall dip in results.

jasmine bealOverall, the College achieved a 97 per cent pass rate, with over 2,000 students sitting exams in science, maths and English, with a number of students achieving the highest possible grade of 9 – the first time the new grading system has been used.


Pat Brennan-Barrett, Principal said: “We are delighted that our results in maths and English continue to improve in spite of changes to the grading system and the more challenging national environment. Passing these exams in particular is vital for future progression and our teachers have high expectations of all our students to achieve the highest possible grades.”

Among the standout students were:

Jasmine Beal, 25, passed her maths GCSE on the seventh attempt after achieving six D grades on previous attempts at school, college and even while she was at university. Having graduated in history from Oxford Brookes University, Jasmine knew she needed to pass her maths exam in order to enrol on a PGCE and become a history teacher. Jasmine overcame the odds after she was unexpectedly hospitalised in the middle of the exams. She managed to successfully achieve her grade 4 despite taking the new, tougher maths paper.

The first Northampton College students to ever obtain A* grades at A Level have helped the college to secure a record-breaking set of exam results.

chris hornAround 120 students took more than 350 exams within the A Level Academy at Northampton College. A 98 per cent pass rate at A2 was achieved. Students achieved a 100 per cent pass rate for 13 subjects including English, maths, chemistry, art and geography. The percentage of high grades (A*-C) was 73% per cent. The proportion of high grades has increased by 32% since last year. More than two fifths of grades were A*s, As and Bs. These results will ensure that most students are able to secure places at their first choice of university.

Two students, Chris Horn and Abigail Harvey, achieved three A* stars between them for biology, maths and creative writing.

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Students at Northampton College have helped raise £1,500 for a county charity – with the money earmarked to help young people who look after their parents or grandparents.

Proceeds from ticket sales and programmes sold at end-of-year shows by musical theatre and arts students helped raise the huge total for Northamptonshire Carers.

The donation will be used to help fund a range of activities for young carers, such as workshops or respite sessions.

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