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Hereford Sixth Form College Sets the Benchmark Again

Posted on 17th August 2018

Pictured: Back Row L-R: Meg Cotterrell, Mia Jones, Tom Morris, Joe Harper, Mark Pepper, Peter Cooper (Principal), Alex Randall, Immie Jones, Joe Beckingsale, Anna Ricks, Izzy Goodridge, Grace Anthony Front Row L-R: Rob Russmann, Rhys Pritchard, Charlotte Stone, Elliott Farr, Joe Xia, James Milburn, Shika Prout, Hannah Parry-Jones, Adam Wilkinson-Hill

With new linear qualifications and revised subject specifications, this year’s A Level results were always going to look different, but Hereford Sixth Form College has exceeded the national benchmarks laying down a marker for the future. A*/B grades and overall pass rates are above the national averages with an increasing number of students gaining A* grades. The overall pass rate was 99.2% compared with the national average of 97.6%, which is a huge success story.

A remarkable 84 students achieved all A*/A grades with a further 103 achieving 3 grade As or more. These top performers compare with the leading independent and state schools and colleges in the country.

Peter Cooper, College Principal, was delighted with the excellent performance saying, “These results reflect incredibly well upon our hard working students and dedicated staff. They are all to be congratulated. The new qualifications offer a higher challenge and it is one to which all involved have risen. I am extremely proud of all our students and delighted that they have strong foundations on which to build. Many will be going to university, with a high proportion to Russell Group Universities where they achieve well above national averages due to their firm foundations with us. Our new vocational programmes have also been a real success with many leaving us to take up apprenticeships and employment. Well done to you all!

The following students gained 4 A or A* grades:

Grace Anthony (ex Chase High School, Malvern)
Sophie Banks (ex Whitecross Hereford)
Alexander Coleman (The Bishop of Hereford's Bluecoat School)

Alice Cook (ex Kings, Worcester)
Ella Davies (ex Builth Wells High School)
Harry Dixon (ex Weobley High School)
Hannah Drury (ex The Bishop of Hereford's Bluecoat School)
Elliott Farr (ex Wigmore School)
Henry Genner (ex The Bishop of Hereford's Bluecoat School)
Isabelle Goodridge (ex Gwernyfed High School)
William Hall (ex Monmouth School)
Zoe Haylock (ex The Priory)
Adam Wilkinson-Hill (ex King Henry VIII Comprehensive School)
John Irwin (ex Lady Hawkins School)
Mia Jones (ex Whitecross Hereford)
Robert Knight (ex Wigmore School)
Tallula Kontic-Thomsen (ex Kings, Worcester)
Harry Langford (ex Ludlow CE School)
Joshua Lee (ex St. Mary's RC High School)
Ella Mapes (ex Ludlow CE School)
James Milburn (ex Ludlow CE School)
Lana Moroney (ex St. Mary's RC High School)
Thomas Morris (ex The Bishop of Hereford's Bluecoat School)
Harys Page (ex Earl Mortimer College)
Mark Pepper (ex Church Stretton School)
Anna Ricks (ex John Kyrle High School)
Rob Russmann (ex Chase High School, Malvern)
Charlotte Sambrook (ex Malvern St James Girls' School)
Jasmine Stanley (ex St. Mary's RC High School)
Jacob Stinton (ex The Bishop of Hereford's Bluecoat School)
Charlotte Stone (ex Tenbury High Ormiston Academy)
Anna Williams (ex St. Mary's RC High School)

Mia Jones, who achieved A*AAA and an A for her Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), said, “I chose Hereford Sixth Form College because of the excellent quality of its Science Department and its brilliant track record of medicine admissions at university. The quality of teaching is outstanding and if you require additional help in certain subject areas it is always provided. The courses are very well structured and delivered.” Mia is now off to read Medicine at Cardiff University.

Shika Prout who gained A*A*A* was delighted with her results and said, “I loved all of my subjects, the teachers were amazing and put so much time and effort into helping me with anything I struggled with. I’m now taking a gap year and going to travel and get some work experience before heading to the University of Leeds to study Neuroscience in 2019.”

Amongst some other notable performances were:

Przemyslaw Bujak (ex St. Mary's RC High School)
Joseph Harper (ex Wigmore School)
William Roberts (ex St. Mary's RC High School)
Joseph Xia (ex Chase High School, Malvern)

who achieved 5 grade A*/As at A Level and 124 students gained straight Distinctions in their vocational courses.

What the Principal, Peter Cooper, had to say...