Delight as Thurrock’s sixth formers enjoy much improved set of A-level results


DELIGHTED Thurrock students are celebrating after achieving top marks in their A Levels.

There were lots of smiling faces at Palmer’s College as students found out their A Level results. The college achieved an overall pass rate of 97.4 per cent, a figure on par with last year, as well as 100 per cent pass rate in 16 subjects. With 63 per cent of students achieving A*-C grades, the mood was celebratory.

Along with this an impressive 16 subjects had a 100 per cent pass rate, including English, Physics, Law and Further Mathematics. 51 students gained Triple Distinctions (equivalent to three As) in their Level 3 BTEC courses, which achieved pass rates of 97 per cent. Level 3 and Level 2 Secretarial results were also exceptional with a pass rate of 98 per cent.

One local student, Daniel Argent (pictured), has Asperger’s syndrome and earned A*s in History, Politics and Sociology at Palmer’s, making it into Christ’s College, Cambridge to study Human, Social and Political Sciences.

The first in his family to go to university, Daniel was only a few marks off of perfect grades in all of his subjects.

He said: “My mum was really pleased when I rang her. I’m going to miss college a bit because I’m so used to it but I’m looking forward to learning new things at Cambridge.”

Friends Sam Webb and Dovenik Hyseni achieved outstanding grades in the sciences – with Sam getting A*s across the board in Biology, Chemistry and Maths and Dovenik leaving with an A*AA in the same subjects. The Grays boys are both off to university to pursue Medicine, with Sam going to Selwyn College, Cambridge and Dovenik off to UCL.

Sam told the Enquirer: “I’m relieved to have done so well, more than anything, but also very excited about going to Cambridge and meeting new people. It’ll be a lot of fun.”

Palmer’s Principal Mark Vinall expressed his delight at this year’s results, saying: “What superb results for these deserving students! This is exactly what people expect of Palmer’s and I’m proud that the students and staff deliver consistently year on year.

“I never underestimate the huge amount of hard work that goes into achieving such remarkable results. Of course, we’re pleased when any student gets a place at university and places at Oxbridge are few and far between – so I’m very proud today.

“Thurrock young people are just as deserving of these places as other people and everyone at the college is delighted for their successes.”
Science whizz Chris Mullender from Corringham took home A*A*A in Double Maths, Physics and Computing, earning him a desirable place at Oxford to study Physics.

Planning to follow a research career in quantum physics, Chris told the Enquirer: “I was quite nervous about my results, but I checked UCAS online this morning so I knew I’d got in to Oxford no matter what – which took some of the pressure off. I can’t wait to start at Oxford, I’ve always wanted to go there.”

Stanford-le-Hope girl Lily Telfer was thrilled with her AAB results in Law, History and Psychology and has secured a place at Reading University to read Law. She said: “I was dreading getting my results but I’m so pleased with them. I’m the first in my immediate family to go to university so it’s a really big deal for me. College has been great but I won’t miss it too much – I’m excited for the future!”

The Gateway Academy Sixth Form in Tilbury has continued to improve with many of the current students securing places at university this year. Pass rates have improved with 100 per cent of BTEC Level 3 students passing (84 per cent of these at grade A*-B) and the sixth form’s first set of A Level results saw 91 per cent of the students passing.

19-year-old Tony Collins (above right) from Tilbury (right) has secured a place at the prestigious London Contemporary School of Dance after he was awarded a BTEC Extended Diploma in Performing Arts, receiving double Distinction* and an A Level in Dance.

Many others are embarking on further studies in subjects such as Psychology and Sports Therapy as well as securing apprenticeships and exciting job offers.

Newly appointed Head of Sixth Form Megan Koprash commented: “I feel that the Academy is a place where we offer a very personalised approach to Sixth Form Education. We offer many fantastic enrichment projects such as learning champions, where pupils can gain paid work experience within the school!

“Also, this year, we entered Thurrock’s Next Top Boss for the first time and very proudly took the runner up spot against all other schools!

“These things, along with an exciting curriculum and fantastic teachers, make up a thriving Sixth Form that keeps growing in numbers as well as opportunities for young people.”

A Level results at Stanford and Corringham Sixth Form Centre achieved a 100 per cent pass rate, up from 98 per cent in 2012.
All students who took exams in the summer gained an A*-E pass grade, with 97 per cent achieving two or more A*- E grades. 39 per cent of students received an A*, A or B grade and 37 per cent of students achieved 2 or more A*, A & B grades.

40 per cent of students sitting L3 vocational qualifications achieved at least one Distinction. The average points score per student rose dramatically from 593 (in 2012) to 754 this year. AS Level results were just as impressive.

Success stories include ex-Hassenbrook Academy student Robert Keens who got two A*s in English Literature and Maths as well as two As in Chemistry and Physics. He is off to Exeter University to study Physics.

18-year-old Chloe Lee is heading to Royal Holloway to study History after being awarded three As in History, Psychology and Drama and a B in English Literature.

Tessa Prayel, 18, got three As in Society Health and Development Full Diploma and a C in Psychology – she will be studying Occupational Health and Therapy at Norwich University in September.

Julie Moore, 18, will be starting as an English Literature and Drama student at Leeds University after achieving one A in English Literature and three B’s in History, Drama and Dance.

Principal Dr S. Asong said: “We are delighted that our students have received results which reflect their hard work over two years and wish them the best of fortune, as they go on to university and employment. The vast majority are now set fair to be accepted at their first choice universities.”

Ms Sue Weston, Director of the Stanford and Corringham Sixth Form said: “Our students are very happy with their results, which are the product of successful partnerships between students, parents and the highly committed staff of the three schools (Gable Hall School, Hassenbrook Academy and St Clere’s School) which make up the 6th Form Consortium.”

Stanford and Corringham Student Emily Elson has had her offer of a place to study Dance at Bedford University confirmed. She said: “I am over the moon; it feels really good when you get the grades you were aiming for. I am so looking forward to starting university.”

At Harris Academy Chafford Hundred 61 students have completed their studies in the Sixth Form this year, studying A Levels, BTEC qualifications or a combination of these.

Principal Nicola Graham said: “I am delighted to confirm that we achieved a 100 per cent pass rate in every subject. Furthermore, all students achieved C grade or above in 20 of these subjects.

“Of the students taking English, 100 per cent of these passed with 18 per cent achieving A/A* grades.

“Of those who took Maths, 100 per cent passed with 27 percent achieving A/A* grades.

“In addition, 100 per cent of students achieved C grade or above in Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

“There are also many other subjects that have achieved outstanding results with their students.

“Approximately 65 per cent will go to University, either immediately or after a gap year, with a third of these going to Russell Group universities.

“One student, Ruhi Choudhury, is completing his studies a year early and preparing to attend Cambridge university in October to study Computer Science.

“I am delighted with these results as they are testament to the hard work of the students and all the staff who taught them.

“Many students have achieved results of which they should be very proud indeed as they have worked with great effort and energy throughout their time in the Sixth Form.

“It has been a true pleasure to launch the Sixth Form with such a delightful group of committed students. I am very proud of them all.”


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