New College Swindon praises students for excellent results

By Barrie Hudson - 10 August 2021

College & Higher EducationCommunity

Students on New College Swindon have been praised for excellent A Level and Grade 3 scores.

Achievements include a 100 percent pass rate in 23 subjects, 52 percent of A levels at A* to B and over a quarter of candidate gaining A* or A grades.

In addition, 60 percent of A levels in STEM subjects - Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Maths, Further Maths - were graded A* to B and 60 Level 3 Vocational Diploma students achieved the highest grades with triple Distinctions.

New College Swindon Principal and CEO Carole Kitching said: “I want to say a massive congratulations to all of our students on their A-level and BTEC results. They have worked so hard over the past two years under such difficult circumstances and we are really proud of all of them and the success that they have achieved. 

"I would also like to thank all my colleagues who have worked so hard to support our students.

"They will progress to university, apprenticeships and careers; some of them to higher education here at New College as well as our new Institute of Technology, launching next month.

"I want to wish all the students who have received their results today every success for the future.”

New College Swindon has the largest number of A-level learners in Swindon and Wiltshire, with almost 1200 exam entries for 16-18 year olds. 

The subjects with a 100 percent pass rate ranged from Ancient History to Environmental Science, and also included English Literature, Law, Media Studies and Government and Politics.

Student Liam Holmes achieved A* grades in History, Ancient History, Government and Politics and the Extended Project Qualification, and will study History at Peterhouse College, Cambridge.

He said: “I am really pleased and excited for what’s coming next. The teaching staff at New College are its biggest strength as staff teach with some enthusiasm for their course.”

Anais Barros achieved A* grades in Geography, History, Classical Civilisation and the Extended Project Qualification, and is planning to study Archaeology at the University of Durham. 

She said: “I am surprised and delighted with my results and really excited to be going to Durham. College was an enjoyable, interesting and engaging experience even through the lockdowns! “

Bisma Selham achieved three starred Distinctions in a BTEC Extended Diploma in Applied Science and will take up a place at the University of Warwick to study Biomedical Science. 

She said: “New College has great facilities and provided me with many support sessions and extracurricular activities. The teachers and my peers were very supportive and friendly and they motivated me to dream bigger.”

New College Swindon is predicting that, once again, a high number of students will gain university places. Last year over 500 New College students won places at university and with other higher education providers. 


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