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Lowestoft Sixth Form College students’ ‘ecstasy and relief’ on A Level results day

PUBLISHED: 15:21 13 August 2020 | UPDATED: 15:22 13 August 2020

Students at Lowestoft Sixth Form College celebrating their A Level Results in 2020. PHOTO: East Coast College

Students at Lowestoft Sixth Form College celebrating their A Level Results in 2020. PHOTO: East Coast College

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Students at a coastal sixth form college have been hailed for “embracing a new way of learning” after another year of “outstanding” A Level results.

Twins Abbie and Emily Smyth with their A Level results at Lowestoft Sixth Form College. PHOTO: East Coast CollegeTwins Abbie and Emily Smyth with their A Level results at Lowestoft Sixth Form College. PHOTO: East Coast College

Lowestoft Sixth Form College saw a 6pc rise in A Level students achieving A* to C grades from 2019, up to 85pc of the year group.

For the second year running, the college achieved a 99.7pc A Level pass rate, while 54pc achieved A* to B grades.

Principal Keith Shiels said: “I am immensely proud of all our students and staff for the hard work they put in, both before and during lockdown, and we are pleased to be able to share their success through our results today.

“Our students have had to embrace a new way of learning almost overnight and they can take those successes forward to their next steps, as well as their fantastic academic achievements.

Oliver Smith with his A Level results at Lowestoft Sixth Form College. PHOTO: East Coast CollegeOliver Smith with his A Level results at Lowestoft Sixth Form College. PHOTO: East Coast College

“The lessons we have learnt from this new way of teaching and learning, both for our students and teachers, will undoubtedly enrich and transfrom the way students learn from now on.”

Twins Abbie and Emily Smyth are celebrating after earning a place at Cambridge University to study English Literature in September.

Abbie, who achieved three A grades in English literature and language and psychology, said: “I’m ecstatic and it’s such a relief as I thought I hadn’t got a place at university, but I have!”

With an A* in psychology and As in English literature and language, Emily said: “I felt really stressed before today but I’m really happy and relieved.”

The sixth form, which is part of East Coast College, has continued their success in STEM subjects, with all students achieving A* to B grades in physics and 77pc in maths.

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East Coast College chief executive Stuart Rimmer said: “We are hugely proud of the results our students and the college have delivered in these times of the Covid crisis and are delighted with another strong leading set of A Level results in our Lowestoft Sixth Form College.

“This year over 2,500 young people chose to study at East Coast College in BTECs, A Levels, apprenticeships and vocational qualifications.

“They have shown a resilience and determination to succeed despite the disruptions in the year.

“We are very proud of them and our amazing staff that teach them.

“We are already looking forward to seeing our returning and new students this September.”

Oliver Smith was also left celebrating on results day, with his A*s in biology and maths, as well as two As in further maths and chemisty, landing the teenager with a place at the University of York.

Oliver, who will now go on to study bio chemistry, said: “I’m really happy and so proud of myself.

“I wasn’t feeling too nervous because the situation was out of my hands.”

Waveney MP Peter Aldous also praised the work of staff and students following the results.

He said: “Special congratulations should go to all those students at Lowestoft Sixth Form College who have achieved such great results in such challenging circumstances.

“Their hard work and success reinforce the College’s position as one of the UK’s highest achieving sixth form colleges and a great asset within East Coast College.”


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