Oxford and Cambridge beckon for Portsmouth College students

Students and staff at Portsmouth College are today celebrating another excellent set of A Level and Vocational results. 96% of students have passed their qualifications and 45% achieved the highest grades of A*-B and Distinctions  These have enabled students from across the city partner schools and beyond to move on to amazing destinations!

Nathan Clark, previously of Cams Hill School in Fareham, is one of 2 Portsmouth College students to secure places at Oxbridge.  He will soon be taking up his place at Oxford University to study Chemistry, having achieved A* A* A in his Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics A Levels.  He was overwhelmed by his fantastic results and said “Portsmouth College has given me a great experience and their innovative timetable and use of iPads have helped me get where I am now”.

Michael Hirst will be going to Cambridge University in September 2019 to study Maths, having achieved A* A* A* A in his Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry A Levels.  Michael praised the “amazing staff and opportunities” at the college. We are fortunate enough to have Michael joining us as a staff member during his gap year, helping students as a Science Technician Teaching Apprentice!

A host of other students are also on their way to top higher education institutions, with many securing places on highly competitive courses at universities such as Warwick, Bath, Bristol, Southampton, Glasgow, Imperial, Kings and St Andrews.

Thea Bautista from St Edmund’s School achieved three A grades in Physics, Mathematics and Biology and is off to King’s College, London to study Biomedical Engineering.  She loved the “friendly atmosphere of the college and the support provided.”

Adam Lowe from Springfield School  achieved A*, A*, A*, A in his Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Physics and Computer Science A Levels and is off to the University of Warwick to study Mathematics.

Rebecca Barrows from  Oaklands Catholic School was awarded A*, A*, B in Mathematics, Business and Photography A Levels.  She will be taking a gap year to study Mandarin in China for 6 months.

Jack Banfield from Priory School is going to Bath University to study Mathematics, having achieved A* A, B in Mathematics, Further Mathematics and Physics A Levels.

Kara Perryman from Miltoncross Academy was awarded A, A, C in her Geography, Biology and Chemistry A Levels and is off to Bristol University to study Geography.  She said “I love our timetable – we have no trapped time at all”.

Peter McKnight from Trafalgar School achieved A*, A*, A*, A in Physics, Mathematics, Further Mathematics and Chemistry.  He will be joining Bristol University to study Theoretical Physics.

Emily Henderson from  Mayfield School achieved A, A, C in her Psychology, Law and History A Levels and is off to Bournemouth University to study Psychology.  She commented; “the classes I was in and all the support I received were brilliant”.

Jack Chandler from ALNS achieved A, A, A in English Language, Classical Civilisation and History A Levels and is off to Reading University to study Classical Civilisation and Museum Studies.  He praised the “clear, helpful teaching” the college provides.

Isabel Powell from Charter Academy achieved Distinction* in her Music Technology and Music Performance courses and will be studying Music Performance Drumming at the Academy of Contemporary Music (ACM), London.

Robyn Maguire from The Petersfield School achieved Distinction* in Music Performance plus a Distinction and a Merit in Performing Arts and is also off to the Academy of Contemporary Music (ACM), London.  She said “the atmosphere at Portsmouth College is constantly warm, happy and lively”.

The colleges’ close relationship with Portsmouth University, through the ‘Portsmouth Scholars’ scheme, has also enabled students to progress to the city’s own higher institution. These include James Farrar from Portchester Community School, who achieved A, B, B in Graphics, Architecture and History A Levels and will be studying History at the University of Portsmouth.   James praised the “great learning atmosphere” of the college.

Maahnoor Ali from Portsmouth Academy will also be heading to Portsmouth to study Childcare & Youth Studies with Psychology, having gained A*, A, B in Sociology, Health & Social Care and Psychology.

Growing numbers of students are also deciding to up apprenticeships after college, or even looking to start their own businesses.  An example is Kieran O’Toole, formerly of King Richard School and founder of ‘Rock Clothing’ an anti-bullying charity and clothing label.  Kieran undertook our Enterprise Academy programme and is now running his own business from our Young Innovators Hub.

Outgoing Principal, Steve Frampton, was delighted with the results:

“Our year on year achievement of strong results is built on the support and challenge they receive from us: it is also built on our exceptional partnership working – especially with our partnership with parents and our city’s secondary school partners.  Finally, it comes down to all the hard work and dedication of our staff and students. I would like to personally thank them all for this. You have all been brilliant, and deserve the success, national and international recognition the college enjoys for it’s teaching, innovation, support and investment in technology and learning”.

Incoming Principal, Simon Barrable, was equally delighted:

“This is a fantastic day for the students, staff and governors of Portsmouth College. We have all worked tremendously hard over the past two years to secure another set of strong results. We make sure that Portsmouth College students have an excellent experience during their time here and this allows them to thrive and reach their potential. Most importantly of all – these qualifications allow our students to move on to a wide range of fantastic new opportunities, on the road to successful, productive and happy futures”.

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