Class of 2018 A Level and BTEC results break records

There were hundreds of smiling faces at the College on Results Day morning in August as the Class of 2018 celebrated another year of record breaking results.

Friends, families and staff from the College came together for a celebratory breakfast, as national TV cameras from BBC Breakfast along with local press and radio came along to capture the biggest moment of many young people’s lives.

Abdou Jouma is interviewed live on BBC Breakfast

The new style systems of A Levels and BTECs have been offering challenges to schools, teachers and students across the country but Birkenhead Sixth Form College students’ results suggest that they rose to the task, with over 60% achieving the highest grades A* - B at A Level and Distinction*/Distinction in BTECs.

A Levels have reverted back to students studying a two year programme with exams at the end, which many consider to be a harder test for teenagers compared to the previous system.

With many schools expecting a drop in performance this year in response to the changes, Birkenhead Sixth Form College has even improved on the results from last year which saw us named the TES ‘UK Sixth Form College of the Year 2018’.

Government school league tables also ranked the College as the best in Wirral for A Levels last year in terms of student progress.

Principal at Birkenhead Sixth Form College, Mike Kilbride, said: “After the successes of the last year, to improve even further on A Level and BTEC performance just proves that our students and staff are not afraid of new challenges.”

“We have a sustainable culture at the College which concentrates on the teaching and learning that takes place each and every day, so when it comes to the results at the end of that process, the outcomes look after themselves. We don’t get stressed about it. The results are the culmination of the phenomenal hard work of the staff and the students, and you don’t get over 60% high grades and more than 99% pass rate without a common commitment to our values of positivity, ambition, resilience and thoughtfulness throughout the two year process.”

Mike concluded: “We have a mixed profile of students from every kind of background at the College and what they have achieved, along with the outstanding skill and determination of the staff, should raise the possibility of a further nomination for the country’s sixth form college of the year in 2019, which they richly deserve.”

Lauren Leyland was awarded three A* grades, the highest possible results and a phenomenal achievement.

Lauren said: “I didn’t sleep well last night to be honest! But the hard work has absolutely been worth it. I couldn’t be happier and it’s been incredible at the College. I felt like a little kid when I started. You do so much growing up here. Even the space between finishing exams and coming back here now has made me feel different and more grown up.”

Lauren with fellow student David

Lauren is now at York University studying Chemistry.

She explained: “I feel like the experience of starting somewhere new when I was 16 has given me what I need to feel comfortable starting university.”

Lauren’s mum could only add: “I haven’t stopped crying all morning.”

Hannah Stuthridge earned a place at Oxford University to read French and Spanish after her three A grades at A Level.

Hannah with her mum and her brother

Fighting back the tears, Hannah’s mum said: “I’m so, so proud. It’s not just an emotional day, it’s been an emotional two years and she’s worked so hard for this and been so dedicated.

“I can’t even bear to start explaining how much we’ll miss her but the whole family is unbelievably proud.”

Future doctor Abdou Jouma has begun his medical career path having secured his place at university with outstanding results.

Abdou moved to this country from Syria at the age of 12 and his drive and determination have set him on course for his dream career.

He said: “ I can’t thank my parents, my friends and the College enough for helping me achieve what I have. Coming to the College has been such a great step in between school and university.”