Students at Hartlepool Sixth Form are celebrating making the grade after collecting their A-Level and BTEC results today.
Despite a challenging year, the students are a step closer to reaching their ambitions of accepting offers from top universities, progressing to higher level apprenticeships or embarking on a new career.
The sixth form achieved 100% A-Level pass rate in 19 subjects including English Literature, Economics, History, Biology, Chemistry and Further Mathematics, with an impressive 56% of students achieving an A*-B grade. The sixth form also achieved 100% pass rate in 10 BTEC Level 3 subject areas including Health and Social Care, Applied Science, Music, Business and Sport and Exercise Science.
Outstanding individual achievements included 18-year-old Kyle Higgins, from Hartlepool, who achieved straight As in A-Level Law, History and English Literature. He is heading to Newcastle University to study Law. He said:
“I was so happy and relieved when I got my results as I’ve gained the grades I need for university. It’s been a challenging year, but the sixth form made online learning as accessible and engaging as possible.”
Another delighted student, Theo Corbett also 18 from Hartlepool, has secured his place to study Law at University College London with his A* grades in A-Level Politics, Law and Economics. He said:
“I’m extremely happy with my results. Staff went over and above to provide additional support. My whole experience at Hartlepool Sixth Form has been memorable and I would absolutely recommend studying here; it’s a fantastic environment.”
18-year-old Ellie Louise Mullender, from Seaton Carew, studied a combination of BTEC qualifications and A-Levels. She gained Distinction in BTEC Applied Science, B for Criminology, and C for Sociology. She will be progressing to Sunderland University to study Forensic Psychology. She said:
“I’m over the moon with my results! Hartlepool Sixth Form has helped me to develop my confidence as an individual. My teachers were always willing to go the extra mile.”
Ryan Wilson studied BTEC Performing Arts and Psychology and was delighted to gain Distinction*, Distinction* and Merit. The 18-year-old from Hartlepool who is planning to work for a year before heading to university said:
“It was great to get my results as I got what I expected. There’s a great family atmosphere in performing arts at the sixth form and it has helped to improve my communication skills. There have been many challenges throughout my time at sixth form, which has completely changed who I am for the better.”
For the second consecutive year exams were cancelled, and grades were assessed by schools and colleges based on evidence such as assessments, coursework, homework and performance in class. The ‘teacher-assessed grade (TAG)’ required a rigorous approval process, which meant that each school or college’s head had to sign off the grades and confirm there was evidence to support them. This year, exam boards have also provided optional sets of questions for teachers to help them gather more evidence.
Mark Hughes, Head of Hartlepool Sixth Form, said:
“Results Day is always a special and emotional experience. This year has been no different. Even though for the second consecutive year exams have been cancelled, students have shown incredible resilience and desire to achieve exceptional outcomes. Teachers at Hartlepool Sixth Form have been amazing too making sure that no student was disadvantaged and could continue to learn online using learning platforms. I’m very proud of what has been achieved over the past two years.”
Students at the sixth form were able to pre-book slots to collect their results in person. This was to ensure student numbers were managed to keep everyone safe. For those students not able to collect in person, their results were emailed to them at 10am.
Toni Rhodes, Principal, added:
“We are extremely proud of all our A-Level and BTEC students today, despite what has been an exceptionally challenging time, our students have demonstrated resilience and continued to strive for excellent results. Today’s results really are a testament to all their hard work and how they have adapted to the situation, we wish each and every one of them success in their next steps.”
A-Levels are academic subject-based qualifications and provide one of the main routes into university or higher education, while qualifications such as BTECs are specialist technical, work-related courses in key industry sectors which provide students with the skills, practical understanding knowledge in preparation for further study and training or employment.
Hartlepool Sixth Form is part of Education Partnership North East, one of the largest college groups in the country which also includes Sunderland College and Northumberland College and offers an extensive range of A-Level subjects and a select number of technical vocational courses. New T Level courses and an exciting range of electronics and engineering courses will be launched this September.
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100% pass rate in 20 A-Level subjects including Computer Science, Economics, History and Maths.
99.1% overall A-Level pass rate
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