Bradford College students waited nervously to find out the results of their A levels. Much to their delight, the 20th August 2009 marked the successful achievement of their goals and ambitions. Their hard work, dedication and determination paid off, with students achieving fantastic results above the national average. The College was also delighted to celebrate the success of five students who achieved triple ‘A’ grades!
Bradford College students expressed their delight as A level results revealed, hear what they had to say…
Emma Walton and her proud mum Elaine were delighted to open Emma’s results and celebrate her triple ‘A’ achievement in Psychology, Sociology and English Language/Literature. Suffering from Cerebral Palsy, Emma has worked incredibly hard to complete her studies and her tutors were thrilled to congratulate such a positive and good natured student. Emma’s results have secured her a place at Surrey University to study Psychology. When asked how it felt to be a triple ‘A’ student, Emma replied: “Pretty good really. I’m just relieved that I’ll be able to go to uni.” Emma intends to celebrate this evening by attending the Sixth Form Prom organised by her fellow students from the Sixth Form Centre.
Proud mum Elaine added: “I’m ecstatic! She’s worked so hard all her academic life, so it’s great to see her commitment and passion to succeed has paid off.”
A nervous Mohammed Arif joined the results queue surrounded by his friends and peers. Minutes later shrieks of delight echoed around the hall when Mohammed proudly showed off his triple ‘A’ results. Mohammed enrolled onto Chemistry, Biology and Physics courses, having arrived in Bradford from Pakistan over two years ago. Being the first generation in his family to progress to Higher Education, Mohammed is delighted to have secured his place at Leicester University to study Medicine. Mohammed remarked: “I feel really happy. I couldn’t have done it without the support from my tutors and parents.”
Lauren Mawson needn’t have suffered a sleepless night prior to collecting her grades, when she opened her results envelope to find three ‘A’s in Business Studies, Psychology and English Language/Literature. A very shocked Lauren beamed at her tutors as she confirmed her place at Leeds University to study Economics.
Mature student Louise Barber was accompanied by her husband and daughter as she collected her results. Despite having an operation to remove her appendix during her studies and sadly losing her father earlier this year, determined student Louise gained a B in AS Psychology, she remarked: “I’m happy with my result - and the College has been a great environment to learn in. I’ve enjoyed the experience and I’ve had a great tutor who has supported me throughout my studies.”
Commenting on Louise’s success, tutor Gillian Scott said: “She’s done incredibly well – I’m so proud of her.”
Louise’s daughter, Georgina (Age 14) added: “Well done mum – ‘I’m so happy for you.”
Other successful students included Caitlin Joyce and Hannah Harris who completed their 3D Design/Interior Design course and will stay at Bradford College to complete a Higher National Diploma (HND). Hannah’s boyfriend, Daniel Smith accompanied her to collect her results, Daniel said: “I’m very proud, she’s done really well and has worked really hard, she deserves it.”
Daniel Dugdale celebrated achieving two ‘A’s and one ‘B’ to secure his place at York St. Johns to study Fine Art and Product Design. Expressing his delight at his great achievement, Daniel said: “I’m over the moon – I’m really looking forward to going to uni.” Daniel’s sister is especially pleased with his results as his departure to uni signals her move into his bedroom!
Proud Tutor, Linda Mckeon added: “Daniel came into my tutor group in the second year and made an instant positive impression. He’s an exceptional student and will do really well – watch out for him!”
Determined Bradford College student, Samadul Haque has overcome racism, truancy and the burden of providing for his family to turn his life around. The 21-year-old claims to have been subjected to racism by classmates at high school and often skipped classes before dropping out of school. Enrolling at Bradford College, Samadul hopes to turn his life around and dreams of moving on to higher education to study politics or theology. Having sat his AS exams at Bradford College Sixth Form Centre this summer and achieved an ‘A’ in Media, ‘A’ in World Development, ‘B’ in Government and Politics and a ‘C’ in English Language/Literature. Samadul will sit his A-levels next year.
Faith Selby excitedly called her mum to celebrate getting the grades she needed to go to Manchester University to study Fashion and Buying. And finally friends, Helen, Gavin, Michael, Carly and Victoria were all celebrating achieving the grades they needed to move into Higher Education. The group have organised a Sixth Form Prom at the Hilton Hotel in Bradford tonight to celebrate. Victoria said: “I’m so happy – I’m probably the happiest I’ve ever been in my whole life.” Victoria gained grades: B in Psychology, B in Sociology and a C English.
Carly gained grades A in English Language/Literature, a B in Media and a C in Psychology, she added: “I’m so excited – it means I can go to uni to study Film and Media! I’m still shaking…It’s weird, I can’t believe it – I am so happy!”
Michele Sutton OBE, College Principal & Chief Executive commenting on the success of the A level results said: “This years’ results have been absolutely fantastic! Our students have worked so hard and with the help of their great tutors, they have shown us all that they can achieve really great results. Five students with three A’s is probably the best grades we’ve ever had. In 13 subject areas we’ve have a 100% pass rate – who could ask for anymore?”
Michele continued: “The students that I’ve spoken to this morning are so thrilled and most are able to take up the university places they have been offered! They’ve had a great experience of Bradford College – and they are going onto greater things!”
Judith Stack CLT remarked: “I’m very proud of all our students, they’ve worked very hard this year and it’s reflected in some excellent grades.”
Tony Laycock, Head of the Sixth Form Centre at Bradford College added: “This year our students have done phenomenally well, with nearly 100% of people getting an A level. That’s brilliant – you can’t get better than that.” Tony concluded: “Congratulations to all our students – and good luck in the future!”Take a look at our photo coverage from the A level results day…