This Hove sixth form is celebrating ‘record-breaking’ A-Level results today

BHASVIC students picking up their A-Level results in 2018
BHASVIC students picking up their A-Level results in 2018

BHASVIC students are celebrating after receiving ‘record-breaking’ A-Level results today (August 15).

The Hove-based sixth form says its 99.6 per cent pass rate for A-level exams is up 0.2 per cent on last year.

Students at BHASVIC with Principal William Baldwin in 2018

Students at BHASVIC with Principal William Baldwin in 2018

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From a total of 3,600 A-Level exams, 90.2 per cent of grades achieved A*- C (up 0.4 per cent) with 71.3 per cent gaining the coveted A*-B (up 1.3 per cent).

BTEC results were also of a high standard with a 98.7 per cent pass rate and 66.2 per cent of outcomes at Distinction or above.

Principal William Baldwin said, “As a college community we are absolutely delighted. We are consistently within the top 1 per cent of state schools and colleges when it comes to A-Level results.

“Students have worked incredibly hard to achieve these outcomes and staff have worked tirelessly to prepare students for this round of exams.

“We have such a talented group of staff who are specialists at working with this age group, who nurture and support our students to unlock their potential. To sustain our A*- B grades at over 70 per cent is an unprecedented achievement for a non-selective state provider.”

This round of A-Levels saw all subjects adopt the new high stakes exams taken after two years of study, with BTECs also seeing the introduction of externally assessed exam components.

A spokesperson for the college said, with qualifications getting harder, this makes the achievements of BHASVIC students all the greater.

Mr Baldwin said, “I’d like to congratulate our students and pay tribute to the schools who laid the foundations for this success. I’d also like to thank parents and carers for the support they provide – they are such an important factor in the success of our community.

“Regardless of the grades achieved, if a student can say ‘I’ve done my best’ then they should be rightly proud. For some students, turning up to an exam is a big achievement in itself and it is important to remember this.

“What always interests me as a Principal is the individual stories behind these results - I love hearing what a great time students have had here, how we have helped support them and what they plan to do after BHASVIC.

“If we have helped students to get to where they want to go next – whether that is the 50 or so with Oxford or Cambridge offers, whether it has been to help develop the confidence to take a gap year, or whether we’ve helped students decide they want to access the workplace directly after BHASVIC – then we have been the stepping stone that a sixth form college should be.”

“I think we are firmly known as a centre of excellence with outstanding outcomes, but also as a place where our students receive first class guidance and support, so that they Become Happy Active Successful Valued Independent members of the Community.”