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Sixth formers celebrate outstanding results

Students at Barrow Sixth Form College are celebrating after achieving a set of outstanding results despite not sitting any formal exams at school.

The sixth formers came back to the Rating Lane campus for results day to open their envelopes and discover their grades to help them plan for their next steps at university, Higher Apprenticeships and employment.

The college saw outstanding grades throughout with their A Level and CTEC results with students securing places at top universities and Higher Apprenticeships.

Emily Titcombe has secured a place at the prestigious University of Oxford where she will be studying English Literature.

The former Dowdales student achieved 3 A*s in English Literature, Photography and Art and an A in Film Studies.

“I’m really happy, I expected myself to do well because I put a lot of work in, but these grades have exceeded my expectations. I’ve told my family about my results and they’re really proud of me.”

Emily’s ambition is to travel the world and teach English Literature.

“I would like to thank my tutors, they were really motivating and supportive throughout my two years at college, they always went above and beyond and I’m so grateful for them.”

“My advice to anyone thinking of applying to Oxford is, don’t feel put down by the fact people in this area don’t get as many opportunities, people are really supportive and will help you get to where you want to go if you are willing to put the work in.”

Another outstanding former Dowdales student Liam Buck achieved A level grades of A*, A*, A in Physics, Mathematics, Further Maths and a grade B in his EPQ.

Liam has now secured a place at the University of Warwick and hopes to go into a career in finance.

“I was nervous before I came today but I’m pretty happy, NO! Very happy with my results!”

Former Walney School student Alex Stephens achieved A level grades of A, A, A, B in Computer Science, Further Maths, Mathematics and Media.

Alex has now secured his place at Cardiff University to study software engineering.

“I felt sick this morning but then I opened my results and checked my phone to see my unconditional offer from the uni.”

“My teachers have been amazing, Chris in Media has been so lovely and supportive and Patrick my Maths Tutor is an amazing teacher.”

Head of Sixth Form Hilary Johns said she was delighted with the amazing results, which included top grades, secured top outcomes and a very strong pass rate comparable to pre-Covid levels.

“These students didn’t sit GCSEs at school so to sit an A Level as their first exam must have been daunting to say the least.

They have all shown fantastic resilience and determination and I am so glad that their hard work has paid off and all the students deserve their achievements.

I’m so incredibly proud of each and every one of them, they are a credit to the college and we have been lucky to have such an outstanding set of students.”

Congratulations to everyone who received their results today and we wish them well for the future.