Students and staff are celebrating a bumper year of success at Bede Sixth Form College in Billingham.
Today’s results saw the students hard work pay off with a 99% A level pass rate and 98% success in vocational and A level equivalent subjects.
“This result is testament to the hard work and dedication of our students and staff this year,” said Campus Principal Ben Robinson.
What’s more the college achieved a 98% retention rate on A level provision, which means 98% of students who started the courses also finished them.
Ben said: “What’s particularly pleasing is these results will now provide an excellent platform for the progression of our students as they move on to higher education or whichever pathway they choose to take. Results aren’t the be all and end all of a young person’s education but they are a key component for successful progression.”
With 100% pass rates in 16 out of 19 A level subjects, the principal added: “At Bede we encourage a culture of aspiration and resilience and this has been reflected in our students determination to achieve their goals.
“This is something that we try to nurture in all of our students, showing young people from the local area that they can achieve and move on to the most competitive destinations.”
Just one year into the top job at Bede, and born and bred in Billingham himself, Ben said: “I have really enjoyed my first year of being principal at Bede Sixth Form and I am looking forward to the many developments, both in terms of employer engagement and study programmes, planned for the next academic year.
“One of our key aims is to raise aspirations and provide opportunities for our students to fulfil their potential. This results day I am pleased to say we have been able to do that for so many of our young people. Now I am looking forward to seeing all that they go on to achieve whilst also welcoming the new students joining us in the coming weeks.”