A-LEVEL RESULTS 2022: Watch as Sunderland College sees improvement on pre-Covid results despite disruption of pandemic

Students at Sunderland College have been celebrating a “very pleasing” set of results which despite the disruption of Covid have shown an improvement on pre-pandemic attainment.

The Sixth Form’s overall pass rate for A-Levels saw 10 subjects including Business, English Literature, Mathematics, Physics and Psychology receiving 100 per cent pass rates.

The number of students receiving A*-C grades also increased by seven per cent on 2019 results.

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College Principal Toni Rhodes said: “We are really pleased with the results. There’s always a bit of anxiety on results day, and particularly this year after the impact of the pandemic.

"Our results are better than pre-Covid which I think is an even bigger achievement considering the disruption caused. It’s obviously difficult to do a like for like comparison to the previous two year’s when students didn’t sit external examinations.”

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Milo Coates, 18, is set to study History at Newcastle University after attaining a B in English Language, A* in Sociology and a B in History.

He said: “I was okay until I got to college and then I felt really nervous. I’m just pleased I got what I needed.

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Milo Coates, 18, with his A-Level exam results. Picture by FRANK REID

“The first year of the pandemic had a big impact on our studies and in January I had to have some time off with Covid.”

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Another delighted student, Cadence Boxall, 18, will be studying Media, Communications and Culture at Newcastle University after receiving AAB in Business Studies, Media Studies and Sociology.

She said: “I’m so excited and happy. I’ve had lots of opportunities made available to me at college and the staff and teachers were so motivating.”

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The college also has a strong focus on vocational training with many students studying BTECs.

Sunderland College Principal Toni Rhodes was "very pleased" with the college's results. Picture by FRANK REID
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Jake Gray, 18, got a distinction***, the equivalent of three A*s, in his Public Services BTEC and is going to study Paramedic Science at the University of Sunderland.

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He said: “I was very nervous waiting for my results and I was delighted when I saw I’d done better than expected.”

Great Britain Synchronised Swimming Team member Pru Hubbard, 18, was also delighted after attaining a distinction*** in her BTEC Sports Coaching and Development course.

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Students at Sunderland College opening their A-Level exam results. Picture by FRANK REID

She said: “The first year was very stop start due to people getting Covid and being unable to go into schools to coach. I was so proud when I saw my results.”

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Pru Hubbard with her BTEC results. Picture by FRANK REID