What is impressive about the high pass rate is that 2017 introduced the government’s new A-Level reforms, reducing the emphasis on coursework and making exam assessment more prevalent. This meant that some students had to contend with both the new and old exam style; however they took it in their stride with most getting the grades they needed to put their exciting future plans in place.
Megan Hawtin, A-Level psychology, sociology and combined English language and literature student, said, ‘‘I liked the atmosphere of coming to the college for sixth form. I loved the rapport I was able to get with my teachers and other students. My results are really brilliant, I’m really pleased with the progress I’ve been able to make and they’ll allow me to go onto university to study at Winchester. I’m hoping to go onto a professional career in psychology.’’
Laura Vescance moved here from Columbia three years ago which made her A-Level results in biology, chemistry and psychology especially impressive. Laura explains, ‘‘When I came here my English wasn’t as good so it was hard at the beginning, but everyone was really nice and my teachers helped me learn a lot. I got two As and a B and I’m really happy because I get to go to the university I want and do the career I want to. I’m going to do medical sciences so I hope to be involved in the research area.’’
Tracey Griffin, director of learning for sixth form at The Bournemouth & Poole College, said, ‘‘We’re incredibly proud of our students and what they have achieved. The students have worked hard this year and it shows. I have no doubt that they will go on to have amazing future careers.’’
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