Students at Hartpury College were delighted as they collected their A-level results and secured their university choices.
A large number of subjects achieved a 100% pass rate, with English Language students achieving a 86% pass rate from grades A* to C, English Literature 80% A* to C and History 75% A* to C.
Student Governor Alejandro Argulles-Bullon, 18, from Spain, achieved three A*s in History, PE and Psychology to clinch his place at university.
“I’m buzzing, I’m so happy,” said Alejandro, also a member of the Football Academy at Hartpury.
“The support I have received from staff at Hartpury in allowing me the opportunity to balance my academic studies with football, has been impeccable throughout the past two years.
“The staff have been really supportive after lectures and always been happy to offer encouragement and advice whenever it’s been needed.”
Joe Francis, 18, from Shropshire, gained an A* grade in Geography, an A in Biology and B in Chemistry.
“I knew the A-level grades I needed to go to university and I’m very happy that I’ve got them – achieving an A* star in Geography makes it more special,” said Joe.
“Studying at Hartpury has been great and I think the facilities here have really helped.
“When I’ve wanted to get my head down and study I could easily get a room to myself, while being able to spend time in the gym has been great when I’ve wanted to clear my head.”
Abby Shepherd, 18, from the Forest of Dean, achieved grades A, B and B in English Language, Psychology and English Literature respectively.
“I’m really happy – I’ve got everything I need to go to university,” she said. “It’s been a really good experience coming to Hartpury, I’ve grown a lot as a person.”
Sophie Albutt-Jones, 18, from Tewkesbury, achieved a grade A in Psychology and grade B in both Sociology and Business Studies.
“I wasn’t really expecting these grades so I’m very pleased,” she said. “I’m really happy I came to Hartpury College because it prepares you for university and I’ve met a lot of people from all around the world.”
In addition, Core Maths results were also released showing 60% of students achieved an A grade and 100% a pass grade, alongside studying for their BTEC Extended Diploma courses.
Vice-Principal Claire Whitworth said: “I would like to congratulate all the students and staff for their hard work towards this year’s exams and wish all students luck with their future employment or university ventures here or elsewhere.
“We believe that Hartpury provides a unique environment in which to prepare students for their next steps, both academically and with wider life skills, and we have no doubt that our students will succeed in their future endeavours.”
The overall effectiveness of leadership and management, the quality of teaching, learning and assessment, and the 16-19 study programmes, including A-Levels, all received the highest possible grade from the government’s education watchdog.
Personal development, behaviour and welfare, and outcomes for students at the specialist sports and land-based college, which also runs transport for students living in the Forest of Dean, were also rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted inspectors.
Hartpury has also received the highest rating of all specialist land-based further education colleges in the Department for Education’s 2018 student satisfaction survey.
For information about courses and places at Hartpury available this September, call 01452 702244.
Picture: Students at Hartpury looking at their A-level results