Another record-breaking year for Petroc’s A-level students

Petroc students are, today (August 15, 2019), celebrating another year of outstanding A-level results, with a pass rate of 99% for the eighth consecutive year.

Sean Mackney, Principal and CEO, said: “I am thrilled with our results and am extremely proud of each and every one of our learners. As well as going on to Oxbridge and other leading universities, I’m delighted that we have many learners who have secured exciting jobs and apprenticeships, both locally and further afield. It’s on days like today that you realise that through hard work and determination you really can reach your goals and go further in life.

“We have an exceptional A-level provision here at Petroc, and these results are testament to the passion, dedication and incredible subject expertise of our lecturers, who go above and beyond to inspire our learners to achieve their very best, and our BTEC and Access to HE learners have also achieved well”.

Alison Knight, Head of Faculty Academic and Scientific Studies added “I didn’t think the smile on my face could be any broader than last year but the staff and students at Petroc have, once again, delivered outstanding A-level results. We have maintained our 99% pass rate for the 8th year running. Almost 30% of grades were an A* or an A. I am enormously proud of both staff and students. Our lecturing staff push our students to achieve, if not exceed, all expectations of them and these results are proof of our continued excellence in making this a reality. Results like these show our continued excellence in delivering education to the community and are the reason why Petroc is the place to study A-levels.”

Bob Whittaker (A* A* A*) will be heading to Southampton University to study Medicine but before that he will be spending 7 months in Australia training in surf lifesaving! He said: “since year 9, I have always wanted to do medicine. I did my work experience at NDDH, I also did some work experience in the dementia ward and took part in the medical academy. I’m so pleased with my results, it’s the biggest reward.”

Shana Hutchings, (A* A* A*), is working towards becoming a police officer through the police constable degree apprenticeship, told us: “I really enjoyed the subjects I was able to study at Petroc who’ve enabled me to progress further in my education and pursue my career. The biggest reward has been today’s results and the friendships made along the way.”

Emily Herbert, (A* A A), will soon be studying English at Bristol Uni having achieved her fantastic results! She said: “I’ve thought about being an English teacher since I was six and feel like A-levels have fully prepared me for the rest of my career both academically and in teaching me how to manage myself. To future students I would say ‘If you truly love and are good at what you do, people will seek you out’.”

Molly Cummings (A* A* A) completed her A-levels to help her get into Medical School and said: “After a year out of education, due to mental illness, I was determined to push myself in an environment where I could be myself completely. I am really pleased with my results and have made some lifelong friends. I say “Keep at it, despite all odds and keep doing things that make you happy”.

Luke Mitchell, (A A A), told us: “I’ve had great support from the tutors at Petroc. I initially struggled with the transition from GCSE to A-level but was offered extra lessons to help me get back on track. I’m now really looking forward to studying Engineering at The University of Warwick!”

India Dunkley (A* A* A), said: “Petroc has motivated me to achieve further and helped push me into an academic field I am passionate about. To students about to start their A-levels I say: ‘Do it! Read loads around your subject, stay engaged and stay motivated’.”

It’s not just A-level learners celebrating today. Our Access to HE students have achieved great things and over 85% of those will also be going on to universities across England and we are very happy that many will continue their degree studies with us at Petroc.

Results are still coming in for our Vocational students but we can proudly say that 50% of our BTEC students have achieved Distinction* (D*) or Distinction (D) with an overall 95% pass rate.

Anna Curtain (D* D* D), will soon be studying Psychology at UWE and said: “I’m surprised but I’ve received fantastic support and I’m really pleased to have got into University.”

Last month, our university-level learners collected their results, and we are looking forward to welcoming over 100 graduates to our Higher Education ceremony in October.