Continuing Exam Success for QMC
99% pass rate at A Level: 77% A*-C grades
98.5% pass rate at Vocational Level 3
77% of BTECs awarded high grades
On Thursday 15th August students from Queen Mary’s College gathered to finally receive the exam results that would determine their next steps. Their excitement was mixed with nervous energy as these young people shared their last day at QMC with classmates that had become deep friendships. Clustered together for mutual support, envelopes were opened revealing grades that would provide them with their passports to successful futures.
The excellent exam results achieved reinforced once again QMC’s success as a genuinely inclusive College, with the majority of students gaining better grades than their prior achievement at GCSE would predict. Performance was consistently high across all subject areas, enabling students to progress successfully onto a wide range of exciting degrees and apprenticeships. The results reflect the priority that the College places on ensuring that young people are able to grow and flourish during their time at QMC: Principal Ali Foss explained “Whilst I am once again delighted at the extraordinary academic achievements of our students, for the College, success is also about developing happy and confident young adults who are well equipped for whatever they have in their sights.”
Among the students gaining the highest grades and now heading towards their dream careers as vets are ex-Willink pupil Becky Richardson and Ellen Linklater who went to Costello School. Others will be pursuing their passion for Medicine, including George Bone (ex Aldworth School) and Maya Choonucksing from Robert May’s School, while former Clere pupil Abigail Stanford will be embarking on her degree in midwifery.
For the majority of students a university place is the reward for their hard work. Former Testbourne pupil Lauren McGivern is taking up a well-deserved place at Oxford University, as is Val Kroneanu from The Vyne School. Between them, they achieved an impressive 6 A* grades. Ex-Bishop Challoner pupil Oscar Shaw will be heading to the University of Southampton to study M.O.R.S.E having achieved A*s in Maths, Further Maths, Chemistry and Biology. Oscar commented “I have really enjoyed my time here at QMC. It was definitely the right choice for me as it enabled me to further my education and progress in my learning, alongside enjoying those 2 years. The college environment was lovely and I have valued the whole experience.”
Increasingly, students are looking at alternative progression routes such as degree apprenticeships. Former Brighton Hill pupil Jaydn Arnold considered university, but with his excellent exam grades managed to secure a prestigious Finance apprenticeship with RSM.
The results for Level 3 BTECS and other Applied General qualifications were also outstanding with over 50% achieving Distinction* grades, equivalent to an A* grade at A-level. Increasing numbers of students at QMC choose to combine traditional A-levels with Applied Generals in order to pursue their career interests Amy Davies, ex-Brighton Hill student, achieved a triple Distinction* grade in her Level 3 BTEC Creative Media Production. She is now heading off to Ravensbourne University London to study Digital Film Production. Amy commented “All of the teachers have been brilliant and my Head of Department was always very supportive and I knew that I would have continued support. I made lifelong friends within the Media Department and I am pleased that I chose to study at QMC!”