Students and teachers here are delighted with an excellent set of results this year. Similar to the last few year students achieved an advanced level pass rate of 99% and with 60% achieving high grades – a fantastic 7% improvement on the previous year; that means Woking College students gained over 1000 examination results at A*-B or equivalent and so the vast majority of students will get into their first choice university or onto that much cherished apprenticeship course.
With so many more students achieving outstanding results in terms of A and A* grades and Distinctions – that means even more of them able to go to the most competitive Higher Education institutions.
Woking College Principal, Brett Freeman, emphasised the importance of the immense progress students make at Woking College: “what it so pleasing are the results of the students who arrived with relatively low GCSE scores, but then demonstrated amazing advances during their time with us and now qualify for top universities and apprenticeships”.
The Principal said “most importantly what this means is that we ensure that we have succeeded in our first priority: giving our students the widest range of personal choices in their future education and careers”; he went on to thank the staff of the College – “these tremendous successes to a great extent a product of students working within a community of enthusiastic and supportive teachers and the drive and self-belief that engenders in the College’s students”.
Amongst some “star stories” are twins David and Sarah Atkins who between them notched up 5 A* and 1 A at A level. David is going on to study Politics and International Relations at Birmingham University whilst Sarah has landed an extremely prestigious place on the Retail Management Programme at Harrods in London. David and Sarah commented that the support from Woking College in their different career aspirations was great. David commented that all the support and opportunities are there and with hard work and teacher support you can achieve your very best.
Yasmin Somers who achieved a double Distinction * in BTEC Sport is going on to study Sport and Exercise at Worcester University has also just received a Bronze for Team C.P England for the wheel chair track racing event. Yasmin praised Woking College for their support in helping her balance her high level studies with her sports commitments.
Zoe Maple who achieved 2 A* and 2 A’s at A Level is going on to study English at Cambridge University and gave credit to the A* Programme which the College runs to help her achieve her goals.