Record number of Shrewsbury Colleges Group students pick up A Level results today


17 August 2017

A record number of students of Shrewsbury Colleges Group (SCG) were today (Thursday) eagerly anticipating the release of their A Level results in the town, which will enable them to get to the universities, colleges and other institutions of their choice.

This year more than 800 students took 2400 A Level exams at SCGs academic centre of excellence, Shrewsbury Sixth Form College.  Students were welcomed to the English Bridge Campus this morning (Thursday) to collect their results from the exams department and enjoy a celebratory breakfast.

Speaking ahead of collecting her results yesterday, student Maddy Page, 17, from Bomere Heath, previously of Corbet School, was hoping to gain at least three A grades from her four A Levels in English Literature, Politics, Maths and Performance Studies so she can take up her place at Oxford University, to study Philosophy, Politics and Economics. She said: "I've loved my time at Shrewsbury Sixth Form and had a lot of opportunities here. I was able to be involved in a lot of extra curricular activities such as two College productions, the Debate.Ed project, which saw us teaching debating in secondary schools alongside Lanyon Bowdler solicitors and I attended the Model United Nations Conference in Birmingham.

"I'm feeling really nervous ahead of collecting my results but everyone is going through the same thing so we are all in it together. These exam results are really important to my future and it will be nice to finally see how these last few years of my life have played out. Nice...and terrifying!"

Other students hoping to get the results they need to go on to university included Rebekah Kay from Much Wenlock, previously of William Brookes School, to study Medicine at University of Liverpool, Bethan Evans, from Church Stretton and formerly of Church Stretton School to study Maths at University of Bath, Amy Collington, of Telford, who attended Shrewsbury High School to study Mechanical Engineering at University of Birmingham, Joshua Prior, from Oswestry, formerly of Corbet School to study Law and Politics at Cardiff University and Jack Alston of Shrewsbury, who attended The Priory School and is hoping to study Physics and Astrophysics with international study at University of Birmingham.

Speaking ahead of results day, Principal and CEO, James Staniforth said: "This is the largest ever cohort of A Level students who have studied at Shrewsbury Sixth Form College, making us one of the largest providers of A Levels in the country. At a time when the A Level qualifications are changing, our expertise and focus on A Levels means that students will continue to get a great deal. We expect to see a record number of students gain top grades, as well as a record number of students gain secure places at university.

“We will also be celebrating outstanding vocational results. Students at Shrewsbury Sixth Form College who have studied a BTEC course alongside their A Levels have once again performing phenomenally well – we already know that more than 80% of their grades are Distinctions or Distinction Stars, which are the equivalent of A/A* A Level grades.  

“The creation of Shrewsbury Colleges Group through the merger of the sixth form college and the College of Arts & Technology was about ensuring the very best academic and vocational education for the town and Shropshire. These results illustrate that this aim is being achieved."

The student support and exams team were on hand to help students who had achieved better than they had expected so they could upgrade their university offer, as well as to help students find alternative courses if necessary.