In the year that Great Britain is celebrating its best ever medal collection at the Olympic Games, Godalming College is celebrating its best ever A Level results. Today students are celebrating incredible success with a 99.5% pass rate and 63% A*- B grades. 121 students are toasting the fact that they have managed to gain all As at A level or Distinctions in BTECs or higher. A total of 700 students took 2490 individual exams in 43 A level subjects.
The A*-A grade rate at the College this year improved from 34% to 36.2% which compares favourably with the national average for A*-A grade at A level which has actually fallen from 27% to 26.6% as examination boards tighten their marking systems.
To add to this academic success students studying the vocational BTEC qualifications achieved 100% pass rate with almost 70% achieving a Distinction*/Distinction grade. Students on the Cache Diploma in Childcare and Education, which is the equivalent to three A levels, also celebrated their best recorded results with 78% achieving an A-B grade.
The Principal David Adelman said: "I'm delighted with these results. They are a tribute to the hard work and talent of both students and staff. With results like these our students can now look forward to going to university or into employment with real confidence and optimism."
Josh Hodgson is one such student, achieving a complete set of 5 A*s in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Maths A levels and in an Extended Project Qualification based on a study of E Coli. He is congratulated by exam boards for achieving perfect scores in his Biology and Chemistry A levels. Josh, from Woking, who won a Silver Medal in the International Biology Olympiad in Singapore this summer will be taking his place at Christ College, Cambridge to study Natural Sciences.
Tom Garthwaite, from Bramley, is another top student, who has remained determined throughout his college career, despite having Hunter’s Syndrome and is rewarded for his efforts with 2 A*s and 2 As in Maths and Sciences. He takes up his place at St Anne’s College, Oxford to study Bio-Chemistry.
BTEC student Josh Bleach, from Haslemere, achieved a full set of Distinction* in Information Technology and Business the equivalent of three top A level grades and will be starting an apprenticeship with QA very soon.
Joanna Simpson who was offered places at 3 top medicinal schools, gained 3 As and an A* and has chosen to study in Manchester. Natalie Bryant a promising star of the stage has confirmed that she has talent and intellect by achieving the A*s she needed in Dance and Drama to confirm her scholarship place at the prestigious Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts in London.
11 sets of twins and 1 set of triplets took exams at Godalming this year. The Lyall household is celebrating today as triplets Greg, Mark and Kieran who have studied a range of subjects including Art, Biology, Psychology and Sport, all have come through with As or Bs in A level or Distinction in BTEC. Also twins Genevieve and Olivia Measures celebrate their 4 A*, 1 A and 1 Dinstinction*, while William and Robert Parsons celebrate 6 As and 2 Bs and Michael and David Walmsley celebrate 5 A*, 2 As and 2 Bs.