Alton College goes from strength to strength

August 20, 2019

Results published this morning show that Alton College has once again achieved excellent A Level and Vocational results with a stunning 99% pass rate.

Alton College boasts a 100% pass rate across 40 A level and vocational subjects, with 57% of students achieving A* to B grades or equivalent and 32% achieving the toughest A* to A grades or equivalent.

84% of students who took the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) achieved A* to B, and over 84% of vocational students achieved the highest grades of Distinction* to Distinction.

Mike Gaston, Principal and Chief Executive of Alton, said: “I am delighted with such fantastic results this year and I and am extremely proud of all our students. They continue to impress me with their hard work, dedication and their fantastic achievements and I would like to offer huge congratulations to them all.  These results are a tribute to the hard work and commitment of both students and staff who have shown that Alton College provides outstanding preparation for progressing on to university, employment or an Apprenticeship. I wish all our students the best of luck in their next step”.

Amongst the students collecting their results this year were: –

Peter Morris, previously from Eggar’s School, he was delighted with his A*A*A*A* in mathematics, physics, chemistry and biology. He is going to Oxford to study Medicine.

He said: “My experience at College has felt really good; Alton is like a mini-university and the transition from school, through College towards university has been really smooth and I feel as though I have matured a lot during my time here. Chemistry has been brilliant, I have loved it, the teachers are amazing. I liked the different timetable with the 10am start and longer lessons. I liked how much work we could fit into each lesson; how much subject matter was covered in one session and this was good preparation for university lectures. The support I received for my Oxbridge application was excellent. My tutor helped me with my personal statement and advice on the admissions tests, she encouraged me and coached me through the whole process which was amazing!”

“I am thoroughly looking forward to going to university for the whole experience, but am really excited about the third year where I get to do a separate science degree, separate from the whole medicine degree, you get to do something a bit different – this is unique to Oxford and was one of the main reasons I chose the course. My long-term career aspiration would be to become a Physician, maybe in Cardiology but I am still undecided exactly.”

Lucy Bayliss, previously from Amery Hill School, Lucy was thrilled with her results of A*A*A*A* in history, french, german and maths.  Lucy is moving on to Cambridge to study History and French.

She said: “In terms of learning to work independently, Alton College has been great. There is support there if you need it, but you are encouraged to work independently as you would at university and you learn to manage your own time in terms of lessons, coursework, free study periods which is a great skill to take into the future. I’d like to say thank you to my teachers for their support throughout my time here, particularly through the Oxbridge application process, getting me prepared for exams and the interviews. The teachers were happy to put in extra time with me outside of lessons to help me get ready for them, and I really valued their input, particularly when I got to my interviews as it helped calm my nerves knowing that I was fully prepared.”

“Within the french A level course, what I really enjoyed was going beyond just France, looking at the wider francophone world, so at university I am looking forward to being able to focus on European and international history and a lot more of the cultural aspects of the french language, rather than just grammar. I’m also interested in looking at France’s wider role in the world. After university I would like to work either in international development or potentially in some form of NGO, but I will keep my options open.”