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Record number of A* grades for Tonbridge school

More than one in ten students at Hillview School for Girls have come away with A* grades, a record number for the academy.

Some departments saw 100% A-C grades, with all Fashion BTEC students achieving the equivalent of an A*.

Students have done remarkably well this year and I’m so pleased that so many students are equipped with the skills they need for their next steps in their careers or future education.

– Abigail Owen, Head of Sixth Form

Good news for Peter Symonds students

Students at Peter Symonds College in Winchester have achieved 'incredible' A-level results, says the school.

The pupils had a pass rate of 99%, with 83% achieving grades A*-C, an improvement on previous years.

Over 90% of AS-level students managed to pass.

I am truly astounded at and immensely proud of what our students have achieved this year.

It is incredible to see that these young people, who demonstrate such incredible commitment to, and enthusiasm for studying, have managed to not only do so supremely well, but also surpass the excellent results of last year.

– Stephen Carville, Principal


'Best results in country' for Brighton College

Pupils at Brighton College have achieved the best A-level results ever attained by any co-educational school in England, according to college.

Almost 100% of students have achieved grades A*-B, with 82.8% getting As or higher.

Brighton College

Every pupil got grades A*-C, with 28 getting places at Oxford or Cambridge universities.

The independent school has been the top of the league tabels in Sussex for the last ten years.

Head teacher Mr Richard Cairns puts the success of the school down to its nurturing ethos.

It is a very happy, kind and supportive school. Youngsters feel valued for who they are.

This warm, friendly environment allows them to focus on getting the most out of school without worrying about what other people think of them.

So they can, and do, talk enthusiastically about physics and French and so on.

This has created a genuinely scholarly environment which, of course, has delivered these incredible results”.

– Mr Cairns

University of Winchester ranked among best in UK

Students have ranked the University of Winchester as one of the top four universities in the country.

Courses including Archaeology, Business Management and Media Studies achieved 100% overall satisfaction, according to this year's National Student Survey.

The Student Union building at the University of Winchester

The university's Student Union was rated 7th out of 108 universities in England.

I am delighted with the outcome of this year's National Student Survey.

The results are a wonderful testament to the hard work of our staff and our passion for student engagement.

– Professor Joy Carter, Vice-Chancellor
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Colleges ditch science courses over budget cuts

Sixth form colleges have dropped courses in sciences and languages over "serious threats" from funding cuts, a survey shows.

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The poll, carried out by the Sixth Form College Association (SFCA), also revealed a third of college leaders believe their institutions will not be able to operate after 2020 without more investment.

The findings have prompted an urgent review into education funding.

SCFA deputy chief executive James Kewin said: "The sector cannot survive on starvation rations and without more investment sixth form colleges will be unable to provide young people with the high-quality education they need to progress to higher education and employment."

Since 2011, of the 93 sixth form colleges in England 72 said they had been forced to drop courses.

Some 39% have stopped offering modern foreign language A-levels, such as French, German and Spanish, while 24% cut science, maths and engineering options.

More than three quarters of colleges said they had reduced or removed extra-curricular activities such as sport and drama.

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