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Students celebrate success on A Level results day

Thursday 13 August 2015

On Thursday 13 August, A level results at Richmond upon Thames College were a cause for great celebration for both students and staff. Principal Robin Ghurbhurun was pleased with the results praising both the hard work and talent of the students and the commitment and expertise of the staff.

 “With 1483 entries across 37 subjects these results represent achievement on a grand scale. We expect that around 700 students will be going on to university, one of the biggest cohorts from any single institution in the country, including Oxford, other Russell group universities and various medical schools.”

The overall pass rate was 95% with 62% of students gaining A*-C grades. 10 subjects examined achieved a 100% pass rate and former students from Richmond borough secondary schools achieved 100% pass rates in 26 of their subjects.

The results for those students who came to the college with at least five GCSEs at grades A* - C with an average of B or better were impressive, with a pass rate of 99%, an A*-B pass rate of 58% and an A*/A pass rate of 28%, above the national average of 26%.

Other results already confirmed included those from the International Baccalaureate Diploma, where students achieved an outstanding 86% pass rate, well ahead of the global pass rate of 79%. There was also a continued improvement in technical and professional courses for 16-18 year olds, with a forecast increase of 3% across the programmes.

Principal, Robin Ghurbhurun, commented, “In my first year at the college I am pleased that we have maintained our A level performance, however I recognise that there is still room for improvement. We will continue with our relentless focus on achieving high performance results consistently across the board whilst driving aspiration and ambition for all our students.”

We caught up with a few of our fantastic students to see how they'd got on...

Zoe Dennison web

Zoe Dennison
Chemistry (A*) Further Maths (A*) Maths (A*) Physics (A*)
Now set to study Maths at the University of Bath

“I’m so relieved that the wait is finally over! I can now enjoy the rest of the summer knowing that I’ve got in to university and that all the hard work has paid off. I’m ecstatic with my 4 A* grades and very grateful to the college for its help and support over the past few years.”

Oliver Ormond web

Oliver Ormond
Chemistry (A) Economics (A*) Further Maths (A) Maths (A)
Now set to study Maths and Economics at the University of Bristol

“I couldn’t believe it when I saw my results and I’m now really excited about going to university in September. I’ll definitely miss being taught maths at Richmond College as the teachers were incredible but I’m also really looking forward to the next chapter of my life.”

George Imafidon web
George Imafidon
Chemistry (A) Maths (A) Physics (A)
Now set to study Mechanical Engineering at UCL

“I am absolutely thrilled with my results and can’t thank Richmond College enough for helping me achieve them. It’s been a real blessing studying with so many great friends and learning from such inspirational teachers. I can’t wait to start my degree at UCL where I can hopefully learn the engineering skills to help me make the world a better place.”

Shannon Kopinski web
Shannon Kopinski
Art (A) Classical Civilisation (B) Sociology (A)
Now set to study Psychology at the University of Aberdeen

“I’m delighted with my results and would like to say thank you to all my fantastic teachers, especially in Sociology which changed my life. I’m looking forward to the change of scenery when studying in Scotland and can’t wait to start my psychology degree as my goal is to work in mental health. I’m now off to celebrate my results with friends and couldn’t be happier.”

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