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.

Pat Brennan-Barrett, Principal said: “We are delighted to have seen another significant improvement in our A Level grades this year. We have achieved this by setting even higher expectations of our students and making sure that they always attended their classes regularly and punctually. We also increased the amount of support that was available for students to keep them on track.

“Our students have achieved some extremely impressive results and it is excellent to see their hard work paying off. Their success this year will provide a solid foundation for their continuing studies and future career progression. Once again our A Level students and those on our equivalent vocational and Apprenticeship courses deserve to be proud of their achievements. We are also proud of our staff who have worked so hard to support their students throughout the year.”

Among the standout students were:

Chris Horn, aged 22 from East Hunsbury, who is heading to the University of Manchester to study chemical engineering after securing A* grades in biology and maths and an A in chemistry.

He said: “It’s been a long journey but I’m delighted to have got there in the end. I didn’t get my A Levels the first time and took an IT course to get into uni but I was too young and it wasn’t for me. I dropped out before the first year was finished. I realised I wanted to do engineering and I needed to refocus and get my A Levels so I signed up for college.

“I have worked really hard in the past two years so it’s pleasing to get these grades. The teachers have been fantastic and I’m really looking forward to going back to uni and giving it my best shot this time around.”

Jemima Williams, aged 17 from Northampton, took two A Levels and secured an A grade in art and a B in English literature. She will now take time out before completing her history A Level ahead of pursuing a course in fine art at university.

She said: “Coming to college has really helped me mature as a person and has allowed me to think independently. It’s been the perfect stepping stone between school and university and I’d thoroughly recommend it to anyone. I have loved the atmosphere, the students all support one another and the teaching has been top class.”

Abigail Harvey, 18 from Thorplands, achieved an A* for creative writing and has secured a place to study biomedical sciences at the University of Hull. She hopes her writing skills will help her with lab reports and is eventually hoping to start a career with the NHS.

Luke Townsend, 18 from Northampton was delighted with his two As and a B grade in business, psychology and maths and is planning to go to the University of Northampton to study for a degree in psychology. He eventually wants to work in therapy helping people to address mental health issues.

Jaleel Hudson, 18, from Wellingborough achieved an A and two B grades in sociology, creative writing and fine art. Collecting her results, an emotional Jaleel said she had missed one of her exams so she could attend her grandmother’s funeral. Her grades mean that she has succeeded in securing a place at De Montfort University in Leicester to study graphic design and illustration.

Northampton College’s A Level Academy offer has been streamlined to include ‘facilitating subjects’ outlined by the Russell Group as core qualifications which are approved by these universities. Applications for A Level programmes for this September are up on last year and the College is happy to receive further applications for courses starting on 11 September.

For anyone completing A Levels or BTECs who does not plan to go to university this year, the College has a number of higher education options including HNDs in a range of arts and STEM subjects.

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