Sussex Downs College students were celebrating yesterday morning (August 15) after receiving their A level results.
The college had more than 1,900 A level entries this summer in a range of subjects from Spanish to sociology, and from art to accounting.
Sussex Downs Park College, in Kings Drive, achieved an A*-E overall pass rate of 96 per cent with 67 per cent achieving the high grades of A*-C.
Particular high achievers included 19-year-old Cameron Berry who spent three years at Sussex Downs and achieved five A grades in physics, chemistry, maths, further maths and geology. He is going to Imperial College, London, to study geology and physics.
Cameron said, “I am not sure exactly what I want to go in to but I am very interested in researching how the earth works.”
Hannah Gooding, 18, was delighted with three As in chemistry, biology, maths and one B in geography.
She said, “It was completely unexpected because I was predicted two As not three.”
She is now hoping to study medicine at East Anglia.
Her friend Suzi Bedford, also 18, is off to study primary education at Winchester next month after achieving three Bs in maths, English literature and chemistry, plus a C grade in geography.
Sally Bromley, who took up the position of head of Park College the day before the results were released, said, “I am delighted with the results at Sussex Downs Park College and I would like to congratulate the students and the staff on their excellent achievements.
“It is particularly pleasing to see so many high grades achieved. Many students have gained three or more A and A* grades in their A level exams and students taking Advanced BTEC qualifications have also excelled, achieving the highest standard of distinction* and distinction.”
She told the Herald it was a great time to start her new role and explained there was a ‘great buzz’ at the college as the young people attended to collect their results.
She said, “It’s always an exciting time of year as new students prepare to start their studies with us and others progress to university or employment. At Park College we are confident that their time with us will stand them in good stead for the future.”
Melanie Hunt, principal and chief executive of Sussex Downs College, praised staff.
She said, “Teachers and tutors work together to provide inspiration, challenge and encouragement to students, and in some cases to help them stay on track.”