‘Best ever’ year as Blackpool Sixth Form hits new heights

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Pupils at Blackpool Sixth Form were celebrating after their hard work saw the college record its best ever exam results this year.

There were smiles all round as the students picked up their A-Level and BTEC results yesterday – scoring a 99 per cent pass rate.

The number of people taking their final year qualifications at the college topped 1,000 for the first time ever this year.

And while the number of people reaching the highest grades at A-Level fell nationally, Blackpool Sixth Form saw more than half of its pupils achieve a B or better – a six per cent increase on last year.

The college said BTEC qualifications now make up at least half of its provision and 100 per cent of students taking the vocational exams passed their courses.

Principal Jill Gray said: “This is my first year of results as principal and I’m delighted by the wonderful achievements of all our students.

“All this is the outcome of a lot of hard work by students and staff.

“These results demonstrate that we are a college where students succeed and we are all proud of what they have achieved.”

This year’s results mean the college has matched the 99 per cent pass rate it achieved in 2014.

But bosses said these latest grades made 2015 the “most successful” year to date due to the increased number of people sitting their exams at the college, on Blackpool Old Road.

And they were quick to praise the high-flyers who picked up the top grades in their subjects.

The proportion of A-Levels
being graded at A* or A climbed to 20 per cent this year, while almost 80 per cent of BTEC Level three grades were distinction star –the highest possible.

Mrs Gray added: “They are the best ever results for the college, which we are absolutely delighted about.

“Our high achievers have gone up again, which has actually bucked the national trend – so we are absolutely delighted.

“The students and staff have worked incredibly hard.

“If you look around there are a lot of happy people about.”

Emily Sanderson, from Thornton, was among the smiling faces when she received her results yesterday.

The 18-year-old got an A* in art combined and A grades in textiles and photography. She now plans to study fashion and costume, one of Blackpool and the Fylde College’s university programmes.

She said: “I am very pleased. It was a lot of hard work but thankfully it has paid off. There were some long days in college but it was all worth it in the end.”

Becky Brookes, 18, from Blackpool, got an A in music and now hopes to become a conductor and musical director in the West End after a three-year stint at Durham University.

She said: “I’m made up. I’m feeling surprised and relieved. I was very nervous before I got my results.”