Bracknell & Wokingham College students celebrate impressive A-level results

A TOTAL of 56 students at Bracknell and Wokingham College picked up their A-levels today and staff said there have been some impressive results. 

The Activate Learning college is celebrating after achieving a 100% pass rate in 12 out of 17 subjects.  

The college’s economics department achieved a 100% pass rate at A*-B grades; its history department maintained a 100% pass rate for the second year in a row and 2% up on the national average. 

French students all passed and were 3% up on the national average and further maths secured 100% pass rate, 4% up on the national average.  

Elsewhere, in mathematics, 72% of this year’s intake achieved an A*- C grade. Physics saw a 43% improvement in A*- B grades on last year with chemistry also seeing a 38% improvement. 

Sally Dicketts CBE, Chief Executive of Activate Learning, said: “I’m delighted to see that all the hard work and effort our students have put into their studies has been rewarded today.  

“I’d like to wish everyone that is leaving Activate learning the very best of luck for the future.” 

The college says it is offering information, advice and guidance to anyone who is unsure as to what to do next after their A-levels. For details, visit www.activatelearning.ac.uk 

Students’ stories

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Jack Readings celebrates his A-level results

Jack Readings, 19 and from Bracknell, was one of the college’s top performers, achieving a A* grade in further maths. He studied maths, accounting and AS business at Bracknell and Wokingham College last year and achieved A* for maths, A* for accounting and A for AS level Business. 

He will now take up an offer from The London School of Economics, University of London where he will study maths with economics.   

A happy Jack said: “I did A-levels here because they offered accounting which not a lot of colleges do. I was originally going to do an apprenticeship, so I swapped some of my A-levels around, but then figured out I wanted to go to university, but obviously, you need three A-levels. 

“So I came back to do the third this year and worked at the same time to save money for university.  

“It’s also allowed me to realise what’s possible before I never thought I’d be here today with the grades I got.”  

Off to study law

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Sophia Hesling is off to study Law after her A-level success

Binfield teenager Sophia Hesling, achieved an A grade in business, an A in history and an A in Extended Project Qualification and is going to The University of Warwick to study Law.   

The 19-year-old said: “I went to school beforehand and didn’t really like it. The teachers just left you to your own devices and didn’t help you. The teachers here believed in you more. 

“They were a lot more helpful and it made you want to try harder. And they just seemed to know their stuff more.

“You have more freedom here and people believe in you that you will do stuff so it’s nice. It gets you ready for university.” 

Plans to be a doctor

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Hamzah Akram hopes to become a doctor

Also celebrating was Hamza Akram, 19 and from Reading. He gained an A in chemistry and a B in maths and will go to the University of Bristol to study medicine and hopes to become a doctor. 

Hamza retook his A-levels at Bracknell and Wokingham College.  

He said: “I really enjoyed my time here, even though it’s only been a year. The quality of teaching was really good, especially maths and chemistry. It was a really good learning environment and everything you needed was there.”  

Phil Creighton

Editor of The Wokingham Paper, and has worked in local journalism for more than 20 years including the Wokingham Times, Bracknell Standard and Reading Evening Post. He's also written for computer magazines, The Baptist Times and, to his delight and probably not yours, interviewed several Doctor Whos.

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