Nelson and Colne College Sixth Form held a glittering Stars Awards Ceremony to honour the success of its A-level, vocational and occupational student stars.
2013 has proved to be another year of outstanding success at the college, where students have continued the its tradition of excellence to achieve some of the best results in the country.
This year’s A-level students were justly proud of a 100% pass rate and they have achieved some excellent statistics, including 85% of A-level students achieving high grades A* to C and 61% achieving top grades A* to B.
In addition, 136 students achieved the coveted A*/A grades and a staggering 69 students achieved two or more A*/A grades!
In addition, vocational students have continued to make the college proud, with a 99% pass rate and a high number achieving triple Distinction, which is equivalent to three grade As at A-level. These outstanding results mean that a high percentage of students not only progressed to university, but to their first choice university.
This year their students will be able to progress to some of the UK’s top universities, including Cambridge, Manchester, Newcastle, St Andrew’s and York universities to name a few.
Among tough competition, students will join the elite of British education, taking up places to read medicine, mathematics, fashion, physics with astrophysics, architecture, English literature and dentistry.
The College Sixth Form class of 2013 will be leading the way in innovative industries to become the next generation of world leaders in their field.
The Stars Ceremony was held in the college’s own restaurant and bistro, Farringtons. On arrival, the winners and their families enjoyed a Bucks fizz reception with sumptuous canapés and were able to mingle with their former tutors and classmates.
College principal Amanda Melton welcomed guests before going through the awards presented to the college’s highest performing A-level, vocational and occupational students.
Special guest for the evening was Robert Fort, who is the treasurer of a trust bequeathed to the college, which is to be distributed each year to the college’s highest performing student.
The award is called the Fort Prize and this year it was given to Billie Howorth, a former pupil of Pendle Vale College, who achieved three A*s and one A and has earned herself a place at the University of Cambridge, reading natural sciences.
Also in attendance were the Mayor of Pendle, Coun. Smith Benson; the Mayoress, his daughter, Margaret Ingham; and Pendle Council’s chief executive Mr Stephen Barnes.
Amanda Melton said: “We are very sad to see these wonderful young people leaving us, though I am confident in their ability to go on and shine.
“I want to congratulate parents and guardians who have played a major role in their success. As a parent myself, I appreciate how difficult it can be supporting teenagers through such a period of change, balancing approaching adulthood with the need to commit to study, but you have guided them brilliantly.
“I must also thank the wonderful team of staff at the college who have led these young people to such high achievement. We have built an exceptional teaching team.
“We remain the top college in the country for Value Added scores which means that our A-level students outperform the grades they could have expected based on their GCSE results. Only exceptional teaching delivers that. A massive well done to them all.”
A Level Stars: Jake Abrahams, Tayyabah Afzal, Humeira Akhlaq, Muhammad Jamal Asif, Miranda Badminton, Maisie Blackburn, Leonie Bowers, Jack Buchanan, Samuel Hardisty, Billie Howorth, Aneesa Iqbal, Maria Khan, Amy Kitchen, Aneesa Mehmood, Finn O’Hurley, Saba Shafaq, Andleeb Shah, William Sharp, Harriet Sinclair, Robin Stringer, Joseph Sutton, Christopher Tibbs, Katie West, Zohaib Zaman.
Advanced Vocational Stars: Kaleem Ali, Waqas Ali, Jemma-Louise Anderson, Rebecca Bridges, Charlotte Clapham, Stacey Coulson, Katelin Foster, Molly Frankland, Chloe Green, Jack Heyworth, Kasim Hussain, Anisa Khan, Kashif Majid, Georgia Moore, Natalie Nolan, Georgina Proctor, Joweria Rashid, Jon-Paul Rogan, Kirsten Sharples.
Occupational Stars: Jasmine Davison, Paige Gallery, Sophie Harker, Anthony Johnson, Bethany Mossop.