A-level results: Weston College enjoys more than 99 per cent pass rate, leaving principal ‘so proud’

PUBLISHED: 10:46 17 August 2017 | UPDATED: 10:57 17 August 2017

Twins Caitlin and Elena Hartman.

Twins Caitlin and Elena Hartman.


Weston College students were celebrating this morning (Thursday) after A-level results revealed more than 99 per cent of students passed and 80 per cent secured A*-C grades.

Will Mudie and George Howard.Will Mudie and George Howard.

A-level results have been released all over the country and it has been a challenge for many schools and colleges as it is the first year the linear system has been introduced.

This means in some subjects, the result is entirely based on exams taken in the second year.

However, Weston College students seem to have embraced the change and 49 per cent of students managed to secure A* to B grades.

This has increased from 45 per cent last year – something the Weston College principal Dr Paul Phillips was keen to praise.

He told the Mercury it has not been an easy adjustment but praised the staff for supporting students throughout their studies.

He added: “It has been a massive change all across the country. The staff have responded and supported them one-to-one.

“I know sometimes the students have felt the pressure but I am so proud of them and I know they will go onto big things.

“We are seeing some interest in coming to University Centre Weston (UCW) but I also want to see them go to other universities and choose their own path.

Jack Lawrie who got A*, A, B to get into Bath University.Jack Lawrie who got A*, A, B to get into Bath University.

“I know from having two boys myself, it is important to let them decide where they want to go, and there are so many great universities all around the country.

“We are also seeing a huge interest in apprenticeships which is great.”

There were many happy faces at the University Campus, in Loxton Road, including Jack Lawrie, who has ensured he is going to study structural engineering at Bath University in September.

He told the Mercury he didn’t sleep last night because of the nerves.

He added: “I found the new system quite tricky and so I had no idea how it was going to go.

“There has also been a long wait between my last exam and results so I am pleased with A*, A, B.”

Maddie Green was full of emotion on the day as she really did not think she had done well.

She told the Mercury: “I got into my first choice – Birmingham City – and I really cannot believe it.

Hollie Baker, April Nickells and Aiden Payne.Hollie Baker, April Nickells and Aiden Payne.

“I really struggled with maths throughout this year.

“But I am so excited and cannot wait to go.”

MORE: Didn’t get the results you wanted? Read our handy guide to clearing here.

Twins Neve and Erin Lynch.Twins Neve and Erin Lynch.

College Principle Dr Paul Phillips with students.College Principle Dr Paul Phillips with students.

Symon Wasylewicz and George Shortman.Symon Wasylewicz and George Shortman.

Teana De Sousa-Trowell.Teana De Sousa-Trowell.

Students with their results.Students with their results.

Josh Cottle with his parents.Josh Cottle with his parents.

Cam Milkins, Adam Budd and Morgan Ingham.Cam Milkins, Adam Budd and Morgan Ingham.

Maddie Green congratulated by a member of the college staff.Maddie Green congratulated by a member of the college staff.

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