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Sixth form's fabulous five

STUDENTS at The Sixth Form College, Farnborough, gave it record results in the A-level examinations this year.

The college achieved a 98% pass rate, with 49% at grade A or B.

Seven entries were among the top five in each subject in the country.

Principal Dr John Guy said: "To get seven of the top five marks in the country has never been known before in an institution. It's fantastic."

Ben Willcocks from Farnborough achieved one of the highest marks in mathematics and also earned A grades in Spanish, further mathematics, physics, chemistry and general studies.

And he achieved two distinctions in Cambridge University STEP papers, ensuring his place at Trinity College.

Equally successful was Helen Montgomery from Fleet, with five A grades and a distinction in the Advanced Extension Award in English.

She gained one of the top five marks in three subjects — law, English language and general studies.

Two other students to achieve top marks in English language were Claire Wenham from Farnborough and Jenny Stickland from Ascot.

Claire had four A grades and Jenny five.

David Deller from Hook gained a top mark in general studies and five A grades in economics, history, mathematics, further mathematics and general studies.

Ben Willcocks said: "I am really pleased. I'm going to my local pub to celebrate."

This was the first year that students took their examinations under the new scheme of AS and A2 levels, where they review their choices after a year before deciding whether to do a full A-level in each subject.

Dr Guy said: "I have always maintained that a modular system giving feedback to students would produce better results — and that is what we have seen here today.

"Under the old system, students waited for two years to find out if they passed — now the intermediate qualification provides a stepping-off time when we can review success and guide students on to more appropriate courses in their second year."

Pictured celebrating their success are Ben Willcocks, Helen Montgomery, Claire Wenham, Jenny Stickland and David Deller.


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