High-Flyers flying even higher
Oldham Sixth Form College prides itself on the performance of all its students and the Class of 2018 has produced one of the strongest set of A Level and vocational results in the college’s 26 year history.
One of the notable aspects of our 2018 results was the 4% increase in the number of high (A*-B) grades awarded to students, underlining both their hard work and the dedication of their teachers. The college aims to provide unrivalled support to students of all abilities and this was rewarded in 2017 when we won the Social Mobility prize at the prestigious Educate North Awards, highlighting our year on year success in helping the young people of Oldham attain grades that allow them to progress to university and employment.
Within the range of support, there is the Oxbridge Group, for applicants to Oxford or Cambridge University, the Varsity Programme, for students targeting places on the most competitive courses at the UK’s top (‘Russell Group’) universities, alongside our Aspiring Medics Programme (AMP) and Aspiring Lawyers Programme (ALP), for those wanting to follow those challenging career paths.
The success of the students participating in these projects has been highly impressive and in 2018, an amazing 93% of our 132 Varsity Programme students achieved high (A*-B) grades in their A Levels. As a result, 81% of them are heading directly to university in September, while others are taking gap years or moving into employment. Within those continuing their studies, over half are progressing to Russell Group universities, both locally, at Manchester, Leeds, Sheffield and Liverpool, but also, for example, at Durham, Edinburgh, Southampton and Kings College, London. They will be embarking on a broad range of courses, from traditional subjects, like Maths, the sciences, History and English, to ‘newer’ ones, such as Chinese, Illustration, Aerospace Engineering, and Zoology.
The students are understandably proud of their grades, excited about their next steps, but also thankful for the help they received at college. Ella Carr, formerly of Saddleworth School, will shortly be heading off to Durham University to study Psychology. Ella said, ‘I have just received a set of results I could only ever have dreamed of achieving and this would not have been possible without the immense amount of support from the staff, who have always been willing to go out of their way to help me.’ Likewise, Syed Haque, who joined us from The Hathershaw College, praised the ‘extensive support’ he received through the Aspiring Medics Programme, in researching courses, making applications, and preparing for the arduous entrance exams and interviews, all of which helped him obtain his place to study Medicine at Manchester University. Lucy Fletcher, who came to OSFC from Crompton House School, and will soon be studying History at Oxford University, was keen to emphasise how ‘incredibly supportive’ all her teachers had been and how the Varsity Programme and the Oxbridge Group ‘ensured that no questions about the process were left unanswered.’ And, finally, Ira Wall, who arrived at OSFC from Saddleworth School, highlighted how ‘OSFC feels like a community more than a college and helped me deal with the pressure of A Levels.’ Ira will be studying Aeronautical Engineering at Nottingham University and passed on his ‘thanks to all of the staff who helped me through the toughest but most rewarding two years of my life so far.’
We are looking forward to following the continued success of our high flyers and to welcoming them back to college to inspire our current and future students!