Outstanding students and teachers at Middlesbrough College are celebrating another stellar set of results.
Hard-working students lifted their results today, giving the college an overall A-level pass rate of 98 per cent, with almost half achieving A*-B grades.
In addition, more than 72 per cent of students studying BTEC vocational qualifications achieved top grades. This continuous record of success is the reason why the college is ranked among the best further education colleges in the country for A Level and vocational training.
While this year’s race for a university place is expected to be one of the most competitive yet, more than two-thirds of Middlesbrough College students have secured their first place at university, with almost 20 per cent heading to Sutton Trust universities, some of the best ranked Great Britain.
Due to the challenges related to the pandemic, this was the first cohort of students to take the exams since 2019, while the 2020 and 2021 cohorts of students received grades based on teacher evaluation.
Zoe Lewis, principal and chief executive of Middlesbrough College Group, said:
“Our staff and students have worked extremely hard despite the disruptions they have experienced in recent years and these latest results are testament to their ambition and commitment.
“So many students have told us about the great level of support they have received from tutors and staff and the confidence this support has given them to move forward with their chosen steps – whether that be university, apprenticeships or employment.
“We are proud to play a key role in helping our students achieve their ambitions and we look forward to welcoming new students to our campus in September.
“We are set for an exciting autumn term as students return to new facilities such as our Higher Education Centre, Digital Centre, Building Skills Workshop and our new ‘Heart of Campus’ which is a new welcoming area for the College.”
Among this year’s success stories is 18-year-old Lola Beckett, from Skelton, who won a place at Durham University studying Japanese after achieving A* in English, A* in English Literature and A* in Religious Studies.
“When I was little, all my friends liked to watch Disney princess movies, but I was more interested in watching Studio Ghibli animation. I’ve always been fascinated by Japanese culture, and I’m excited to immerse myself in the language at university.
“I was very happy with my results because I revised very carefully and tried not to stress myself through the whole process. I think it’s important to give yourself grace when you make a mistake. It’s not the end of the world and you can always try again.”
Lola is one of many outstanding students from Middlesbrough College who are studying at prestigious universities across the country.
Niamh Ells, 19, from Saltburn, has achieved a triple star in performing arts and secured a highly competitive place at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London.
Following in the footsteps of Judi Dench, Laurence Olivier and Andrew Garfield, who also studied there, Niamh will study experimental art and performance for three years before hopefully progressing to an MA in acting.
Niamh, who was home schooled before going to Middlesbrough College, said:
“I’ve been obsessed with drama and theater for as long as I can remember, so knowing I was going to Royal Central School was like a dream come true.
“As with any new experience, going to college after being homeschooled my whole life was a little nerve wracking and took some getting used to, but it was the best decision I ever made.
“Everyone has been very welcoming and my tutors have been wonderful throughout my time here. From acting and directing to learning about all aspects of the industry, I’ve already had so many opportunities to pursue my passion and this course has really prepared me for my next steps.
“Seeing these results this morning felt like a weight had been lifted off my shoulders and I owe a lot to Middlesbrough College and my teachers – I couldn’t have done it without them.”
As one of the largest colleges in the North East, Middlesbrough College offers a range of vocational and academic courses in every vocational field, from entry level to post-graduate level 7.
As well as vocational A Levels and BTEC courses, it was officially selected earlier this year to launch the full range of T Levels and is the only college in the Tees Valley to offer the two-year qualification from September this year.
Middlesbrough College’s role in the North East Institute of Technology also means students have a choice of higher level technical courses exclusive to the Tees Valley, including areas such as electronic engineering, civil engineering and construction.
From the start of the new term, the College will provide free Microsoft Surface devices to approximately 4,500 full-time course entrants. The scheme is part of the College’s mission to tackle digital poverty in the region and level the playing field to ensure every young person has equal opportunities at college.
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