Strode College saw its best A level and vocational course results ever.
The A level pass rate was 99.3 per cent. The magic grades of A*, A or B were taken home by 54 per cent of students. Also helping beat the national average was the fact 81 per cent graded C or higher.
On A level subjects themselves, 34 of the 40 courses had a 100 per cent pass rate.
Communication and Culture led the way with a third of students getting A*s with other remarkable performances coming from Art and Design (31 per cent), Textiles (25 per cent), Geology (22 per cent), Electronics (20 per cent) and Mathematics (20 per cent). The national average is 8.2 per cent.
James Staniforth, principal, said: “Congratulations to all our students who have collectively achieved an outstanding set of results that are better than any in the college’s history.
“Regardless of whether a student studies an A level programme or a vocational course they are all able to achieve fantastic results.
“These students also achieved excellent value added. Overall they confirm Strode College’s status as one of the leading colleges in the country.”
A quarter of this year’s intake earned the new A* grade. The number of students who got this grade was 41.
Highest earners were Megan Hill of Street and Laura Parry of Bruton, both achieving three A* grades. Megan is planning to study Architecture at Cardiff University and Laura is planning to study English Literature at Warwick.
Laura said: “I am so excited and really relieved – I’m certainly feeling less sick now! I’ve enjoyed learning at Strode – the staff have been so supportive and they encouraged me to be a confident and independent learner which has really helped me.”
Laura’s dad Alistair said: “We did a little dance when we got Laura’s results – I’m so proud. Strode has supported her brilliantly, particularly as she is partially sighted. When we were deciding on a college for Laura, Strode’s attitude and facilities were the best by far.”
Fiona Smith from Glastonbury gained three A8 grades and a grade A.
Olivia Magill of Wyke Champflower gained two A* grades to add to the A* grade she achieved in 2010 at Strode. Olivia is planning to study Environmental Science at Sheffield.
In addition, 23 students achieved three or more grade A or A* at A level, including six achieving at least two A*:
Benedict Culpin of Castle Cary, Chloe Day of Tintinhull, Fiona Headley of Keinton Mandeville, Edward Hill of Ashcott, Sam Holbrook of Queen Camel, Jacob Lisle of Street, Carla Tate of Somerton, Megan Vaux of Wells, Benjamin Woods of Martock, Aimee Wyatt of Ashcott, Erin Bateson of Martock, Aquila Brandon-Salmon of Ston Easton, Helen Callaby of Babcary, Lucy Morter of Shepton Montague, Verity Stone of Barton St David, William Walton-Freeman of Wells, Felix Chapman of Baltonsborough, Nicholas Hill of Wincanton, Fiona Smith of Glastonbury, Gina Warnes of Brent Knoll, William Lyall of North Cadbury, Rebecca Watts of Glastonbury, Kirsten Sellick of Shapwick, Olivia Sainsot-Reynolds of Bruton, Helen Gosling of West Bradley and Grace Gale of Bruton.
Nicholas Hill of Wincanton got two A*s and a grade A. He said: “I’m ecstatic – this is more than I ever expected. I’ve already started a quantity surveyor job and my employer is supporting me through a five year part-time degree. I’ve got a salary, a car, and I’m going to be getting a degree – I’m sorted!”
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James Paterson of Catcott (five grade As), Jade Evans of Ashcott, Luke Godfrey of Frome, Tara Kergon of Isle Brewers, Zia Lester of Glastonbury and Ameila Livingstone of Baltonsborough.
A further 19 students achieved three or more grade A passes:
Alexandra Bearman of Compton Dundon, Laura Bentley of Castle Cary, Rosemarie Billenness of Somerton, George Bright of Castle Cary, Lilian Chapman of Baltonsborough, Archie Churchill-Moss of Butleigh, Emma Deacon of Street, Charles Dunlop of Street, George Field of West Lydford, Louise Gurowich of Shepton Mallet, David Herniman of Pylle, Rebecca Horobin of Glastonbury, Willow Leonard-Clarke of Wells, Lily Parkison of Street, Abigail Pitcher of Ashcott, Brigit Smith of Glastonbury, Andrew Stuart of Shepton Mallet, Hannah Symes-Davidson of North Brewham and Charlotte Wiltshire of Baltonsborough.
Philippa Piper, head of A level studies, said: “These are our best ever A level results and they are well deserved by our hard working, talented students and teachers.
“The systems we introduced this year designed to set high standards and raise achievement have had a real impact.
“We are very pleased with these methods and we will be using them again with our new students.”
Advanced vocational courses
There were 74 (36 per cent) students achieving triple distinctions (the equivalent of three grade As at A level) in their National Diploma courses and 74 per cent achieving high grades. Both these results are way more than the national averages of 30 per cent and 65 per cent.
National Diploma Care led the way with 64 per cent achieving triple distinctions, followed by Engineering 60 per cent, Performing Arts 55 per cent, Business 45 per cent, Art and Design 40 per cent, IT 37 per cent and Music 36 per cent.
Childcare students had 83 per cent achieving a high grade in the CACHE advanced diploma.
National Diploma in Performing Arts
Chance Dini of Glastonbury, Sophie Heyes of Templecombe, Chloe Murray of Bruton, Zoe Hodges of Yeovil, Daisy Rendell of Glastonbury, Jazz Bell of Ashcott.
National Diploma in Music Technology
Scott Linton of Somerton, Shelley Peters of Evercreech, Guy Speakman of Ashcott.
National Diploma in Music
Jessica Urch of Evercreech, Daniel Canvin of Somerton, Chelsea Paget of Radstock, Ollie Proud of Glastonbury, Jacob Stone of Paulton, Hollie Trevis of Wincanton.
National Diploma in Art and Design
Annabel Moore of Compton Dundon, Tara Hemmings of Shapwick, Gemma Dunkerton of Baltonsborough, Hope Hayward of Glastonbury, Rachael Murray of
Street, Fran Powell of Ilminster, Emma Simmonds of Yeovil, Tricia Wallington of Wells, Maxwell Jeffery of Wells.
National Diploma in Broadcast Media
Jack Warman of Galhampton, Geoffrey Clinch of West Pennard, Bodhi Jon of Glastonbury.
National Diploma in Sport
Sophie Beal of Glastonbury, Chris Capstack of Glastonbury, Dan Carney of Street, Tiana DeMartin of Street.
National Diploma in Public Services
Emma Daniel of Crewkerne, Becca Denham of Wedmore, Sian Hammacot of Middlezoy, Beccy Elliot of Langport. Hannah Lynch of High Ham, Charlotte Surmon of Somerton.
National Diploma in Business Studies
Nadia Burt of Middlezoy, Chloe Davies of Charlton Horethorne, Chelsey Seymour of Pilton, Charles Lewis of Glastonbury, Hannah Loxton of Martock , Leanne Vaux of Shillingstone.
National Diploma in IT
Tom Akland-Jones of Glastonbury, Sam Bulmer of Street, Chloe Burton of Somerton, Jon Neale of Glastonbury, Joshua Wintergill of Wells, Aiden Brown of Wookey, Wells, Jamie Hayes of Sparkford, Tom Lay of Street, Scott McDonald of Street, Jake Phillips of Shepton Mallet, Craig Taylor of Shepton Mallet.
National Diploma in Engineering
Lee Partridge of Shepton Mallet, Rory Taylor of Stawell, Kristoff Wasenczuk of Lovington, Toby Edwards of Castle Cary.
National Diploma in Health and Social Care
Imogen Smith of Glastonbury, Rachel Andrews of Wells, Rowan Appleby of Shepton Mallet, Natasha Bale of Bridgwater , Charley Dowden of Pilton, Nakita Dumble-Hooper of Castle Cary, Emma Hawkins of Radstock, Chantal Johnston of Street, Harriet Lee of Stoke-Sub-Hamdon, Abigail Lewis of Street, Melanie Lock of Long Sutton, Charlotte Serpis of Wells, Chloe Simmonds of Street, Joanne Jeanes of Street.
National Diploma in Hospitality
Lorna Taylor of Somerton, Kirsty Moreland of Somerton, Alison Smith of Farrington Gurney.
CACHE Childcare & Education course
One student achieved an A grade, Katrina Douglas of Rodney Stoke
Art Foundation Diploma
Nine students achieved an overall distinction. Luke Breadmore of Shepton Mallet, Morgan Cartwright of Henstridge, Stephen Fuller of Wincanton, Hannah Martin of Yeovil, Claire Haugh of Yeovil, Charlotte Lee of Street, Matthew Witcombe of Shepton Mallet, Hazel Cusden Ross of Bruton and Isaac Whitcombe of Ashcott.
Level two vocational courses
First Diploma students also excelled with another set of results that were the best ever. 48 students achieved an overall distinction or distinction* in their First Diploma courses, the equivalent to 4 As or 4 A*s at GCSE, in total 85 students achieved a high grade, which at 70 per cent was 14 per cent above the national average.
First Diploma in Performing Arts
Gabi O’Connell of Glastonbury (D*), Matt Townsend of Chewton Mendip (D*), Josh Robinson of Wells (D), Angus Moir of Sherborne (D).
First Diploma in Art and Design
James Briggs of Martock (D*), Aimee Thick of Street (D).
First Diploma in Sport
Leia Babb of Compton Durville (D*), Charlotte Scriven of Latcham (D*), Ryan Davies of Pilton (D).
First Diploma in Public Services
Zac Way of Martock (D*), Charlie Evans of Shepton Mallet (D*), Jacob Czerny of Wells (D*), Aaron Bendall of Walton (D).
First Diploma in IT
Ben Buckley of Glastonbury (D*), Luke Chapman of Glastonbury (D*), Liam Coll of Wells (D*), Dominic Colls of Wells (D), Dean Ford of Street (D), Alex Nelson of Wells (D*), Jack Pearce of Shepton Mallet (D).
First Diploma in Engineering
Jack Close of Pilton (D), Shaun Callow of Glastonbury (D), Jordan Daine of Glastonbury (D*), Owen Spender of Langport (D*).
First Diploma in Health and Social Care.
Kimberley Adams of Street (D), Tiffany Baker of Street (D), Sandy Bustos of Street (D*), Megan Dyer of Wells (D), Chloe Howell of Charlton Musgrove (D), Sophie Lisk of Street (D*), Natalia Porteous of Middlezoy (D), Jade Pridmore of Langport (D*), Gabrielle Roper of Taunton (D*), Anna Smith of Glastonbury (D), Leah Street of Street (D), Martine Townsend of Glastonbury (D*), Tessa Warrior-Kin of Glastonbury (D*), Vanessa Watts of Glastonbury (D*), Stephanie Whitty of Street (D*), Zoe Wyatt of Yeovil (D).
First Diploma in Hospitality
Matthew Jamieson of Horsington (D).
Debbie Cummings, assistant principal, Continuing Education Team, said: “We are extremely proud of our students’ results on our vocational courses at Strode College.
“It is wonderful to be able to celebrate their academic success, I know how much effort, commitment and dedication has gone into achieving these results. Their qualifications have combined both academic knowledge and understanding with practical experiences and skills, with many students having extensive work experience throughout their course.”