The Isle of Wight College celebrated this week with the release of this year’s A Level results and proudly announced that one of its learners, from only its second cohort of students since opening in 2010, has accepted a place at University of Oxford.
Christina Etherington (19) from Ryde who passed Chemistry: A*, Biology: A*, Mathematics: A, EPQ: A* is going to study Experimental Psychology at St Catherine’s College, University of Oxford. Single mum Christina could not bear to leave her baby son behind so will be moving to the Oxford area with her mother and baby Jasper in September. Christina said “I studied Psychology at AS and as I read a book from the suggested reading list I realised that Psychology was for me!” Looking ahead, Christina is planning to do a research PhD with an ultimate career in clinical psychology.
Bridie Nicholson (18) who got Film Studies: A, Sociology: B, English Language: B has accepted her first choice at University of Winchester to study Fashion, Media and Marketing. Bridie said “It all starts for me now! I really enjoyed my time at F6rm and I have met a lot of nice people. There was a lot of work, especially in the second year but it has all been worth it. I have chosen to study Fashion, Media and Marketing as it will give me a lot of future career options to choose from. I’m so excited about starting at university.”
Natalia Rozanska (18) is going to University of Winchester to study Psychology. She said “It was really good at F6rm. At first I felt uneasy because the atmosphere is so friendly and relaxed but I soon got used to it.
Because class sizes are smaller it’s easy to ask for some help if you need it. I found going from an average student to getting A’s in my first year has really helped me improve my self-confidence. I am looking forward now and hope to follow the degree up with a masters and a doctorate in clinical psychology.”
Zoe Faye Shayler couldn’t stop smiling when she opened her results to find she had achieve an A in Psychology, A in Sociology and a B in Geography. Zoe chose F6rm because she wanted to move on from school. Zoe said “I enjoyed F6rm. It was easy to make new friends and the staff are very friendly too. They were always very supportive and put on extra revision classes to help us.’ She is off to Plymouth to study Criminology, Criminal Justices Studies and Law. She said ‘I am so happy!”
Lily Hughes-Thomas – Lily joined F6rm to move on from school. She said she particularly liked the way the staff treat the students with respect. After her AS levels Lily was not sure about continuing to the A2s but when she got her results and saw they were much better than she had expected she decided to return to F6rm to complete the A2s. She was ecstatic with her three A grades in Business Studies, Sociology and Psychology and secured her place to study Law at Sussex University. Lily said “All the hard work has paid off as I got my first choice university, as did all my F6rm friends. I particularly enjoyed Business Studies and want to thank my teacher, Anna, for being the best teacher I have ever had.”
Chloe Ratsey passed EPA: A, Psychology: B, English Literature: C, Religious Studies: C and accepted her place at Oxford Brookes University to study Psychology.
“When I started at AS Level I found it very interesting and knew I wanted to learn more. I’m really excited about going off to Oxford Brookes. I’m definitely looking forward to it.”
Jessica Wild moved to Isle of Wight only a couple of years ago and started her A Levels with F6rm said she has had an amazing time at F6rm.
She achieved English Language: A, Film Studies: A, Art and Design: B, EPQ: A, and is off to University of Winchester to study Creative Writing.
Rhiann-Louise Read (18) is off to University of South Wales, Glamorgan to study Criminology with Psychology.
Rhiann-Louise said “I’m feeling great. It’s a big relief to get into my first choice university. It’s been very good at F6rm but now I’m feeling excited about moving to Wales.”
With the release of this year’s A Level results Debbie Lavin, Principal, was delighted to hear their success stories and commented;
To get good results again, for the second year running, and a fabulous value added (which means students achieved higher than the grades they were predicted) is very pleasing. I am very happy for the students, their parents and the F6RM staff. I am very proud of all our learners and delighted that so many are now going forward with such optimism and pride. I am proud of all College learners – those named above are amongst 163 learners at The Isle of Wight College who have secured their place at university this yearDebbie Lavin, Principal