Today Exeter College is celebrating the achievement of exceptional A Level results, with this year’s students setting a new college record for achieving the very highest grades.
A record number of the top grades (A*, A, B) have been awarded to students at the college, with an incredible number – 57% achieving the very highest levels of achievement.
In July, the college’s International Baccalaureate (IB) students celebrated a 100% pass rate with an average score of 34 points, some way above world average and the best results in the college’s 19 years of delivering the IB.
Today the number of students awarded straight A* and A grades has risen to a remarkable 80 this year, with an amazing 165 students achieving A* grades in total. In Graphic Design, for example, over a third of students scored the very highest A* grade.
Subjects in which students achieved exceptional high grades of A*, A and B included Further Mathematics (91%), Religious Studies (81%), Law (78%), Business Studies (71%), and Philosophy (62%) to name a few.
This year’s results come amid nationwide reforms to A Levels, so that grades are awarded on the results of final exams at the end of a course, rather than a culmination of first and second year modular assessments. Overall, the college saw an A Level pass rate of 99.5%, with 28 subjects recording a 100% pass rate, including subjects such as Classics, Economics, Physics, and Further Mathematics.
Students from across Devon and beyond have now secured their places at their first choice university, including places at Oxford and Cambridge, Russell Group and top universities, as well prestigious music, performing art and dance academies.
The exceptional academic results confirm Exeter College’s reputation as a first choice Ofsted Outstanding college and its national standing amongst the very best Sixth Form colleges in the country.
Commenting on today’s stunning academic results, a delighted John Laramy, Exeter College Principal and Chief Executive, said: “I am absolutely delighted with today’s exceptional results. Our students have achieved a truly remarkable set of academic results, with a record breaking number achieving the highly coveted highest grades. I would like to congratulate the students who have embraced the new A Level assessment regime and excelled.
“I believe these results evidence the impact of our dedicated specialist staff, who are experts in the delivery of advanced level curriculum. It takes real talent to prepare students to be at their best for one moment in time ‘the day of the exam’ and I would like to thank our staff for their contribution to these outstanding results.
“The results confirm our reputation as a first choice Ofsted Outstanding college, together with being one of the very best Sixth Form colleges in the whole country.”
Exeter College is an award-winning, Ofsted Outstanding college. The college brings together a culture of academic excellence with personal tutor support focused on delivering exceptional learning, care and support to all learners.
Emma Fielding, who is the college’s Assistant Principal responsible for the academic curriculum said: “I’d like to congratulate our students on this fantastic set of results. Our commitment here at Exeter College is to provide A Level students with the opportunity to be taught by post-16 subject specialists who combine a passion and depth of knowledge in their subject areas, with high academic expectations.
“We also have a culture of providing our students with exceptional pastoral care and support, as well as strong enrichment package and stimulating extra-curricular opportunities to ensure a breadth of experience and to help them stand out from the crowd.”
Finally, Exeter College would like to thank all of its students and staff for an exceptional year of academic results.