16 August 2018

Derby College is celebrating an increase in the A level pass rate and in the number of students achieving higher grades (A* to B).

A record 32% of A level students at the Joseph Wright sixth form centre gained the higher grades and the overall pass rate was just over 97% – up 1% on last year. Points per entry has also increased to 29.5 compared with 27.5 last year.

Saida Acugba, 19, from Normanton, a former pupil at Bemrose School,  obtained an A* Business; C in Maths; A in EPQ and C in Psychology.

She is now going to the University of Lincoln to study Finance having discovered an interest in the subject whilst studying A levels.

“I’m ecstatic and never expected the A*. I loved the freedom at JWC. The teachers and students all feel like friends and there are no barriers between us. I now can’t wait to go to university.”

Blade Rumfitt (18) from Belper got A in Maths, B in Physics and Further Maths. The former John Flamsteed Community School pupil is now going to University of Newcastle to study Maths.

“I have really enjoyed my time at College, the teachers have been great and I am looking forward to going to university.”

Mum Sharon said: “I couldn’t be more proud and I am really grateful to the College for all the support they have given him.” Maths teacher Sara Darling added: “He has been a joy to teach.”

Megan Charvill (19) from Derby – a former pupil at West Park School in Spondon – is heading to University of Sheffield to study Psychology after achieving an A* in Sociology; B grades in Law and Psychology and A in her EPQ project.

“I only got a couple of hours’ sleep last night as I was so nervous but I did dream that I got these results and I am over the moon that it has all worked out OK.”

Of the 23 subjects taken, 15 report 100% pass rate including Sociology, Chemistry, Law, English Language, Film Studies and Media.

Head of Joseph Wright Stacey Adams said: “We are delighted with these results on all fronts.

“The majority of our students will now be heading off to their first choice university and the team of teaching and support staff will be on hand to support anyone who needs to clarify the situation and make decisions on their next step.

“It has been important for everyone collecting their results to realise that there are a wide range of options still open to them.

“We therefore have information available for students about apprenticeships, clearing and the College’s Higher Education study programmes.”

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