Outstanding Results

The Sixth Form Bolton – 100% pass rate!

Staff and students at The Sixth Form Bolton celebrate yet another year of outstanding Advanced Level results, again outperforming national results and reinforcing their position as a nationally high achieving Sixth Form College. The Sixth Form is pleased to announce an overall 100% pass rate for A Levels in 57 subjects and a 7% rise in higher grade passes, 90% BTEC National Diploma students achieving higher grade passes and 59% of students achieving higher grades overall. The Sixth Form Bolton continues to maintain year-on-year impressive outcomes for students.

Principal, Stuart Merrills, said: “Given the huge amount of uncertainty faced by students receiving their results this year I am very pleased with the overall outcomes for students at The Sixth Form Bolton. Our students have benefitted hugely from being at a college with a great track record for its student achievements as well the expertise and professionalism of its staff. With The Sixth Form having one of the highest national progression rates to Higher Education, the majority of our students will now again move forward to secure their places at universities across the country. Students are progressing to study a broad range of subjects encompassing: sciences, medicine, law, business, music, performing arts, sports and humanities.”

However, despite our fantastic outcomes there remain some students who have been disadvantaged by the process applied in awarding grades. The Sixth Form has a very robust system of mock examinations and quality assurance procedures and so many students will be able to use the appeal system to apply for their mock examination grade to be awarded and improve their grades still further, but this in itself does not address all the inequalities in the system. The Sixth Form will also be challenging other grades awarded where there exist inexplicable variations between teacher Centre Assessment Grades and those then awarded. The only way the government can rescue this situation, and ensure that thousands of students are not disadvantaged, is to base results entirely on centre assessed grades – the predictions made by teachers. This is the only alternative to what has proved to be a failed experiment by the government to develop a fair process of standardisation”.

 “I would personally like to thank the staff at The Sixth Form”, said the Principal,” who worked as a great team, with a huge amount of desire and commitment to see our students do well during this exceedingly difficult year. I’m extremely proud of the level of dedication, care and attention they have shown to the Sixth Form and their students. This has helped the vast majority of our students secure the grades they deserved”