Students and staff at Barrow Sixth Form College had stars in their eyes as they celebrated another impressive year for A-level exam success.
A flurry of top grades, including many A*s, greeted those who went into college early to collect their results.
Assistant Principal – Head of Sixth Form, Jeff Chadd, said: “Our students have once again achieved a brilliant set of results that pave the way for exciting futures in the careers they have their hearts set on.
“It means that whether they wish to study at university, secure a job or take the higher apprenticeship route, they are well-placed to succeed having left here not only with the academic qualifications they worked hard for - and deserve - but with the life skills, confidence and maturity a sixth form college education brings.
“We have a wonderful college community here, people enjoy their time with us and our congratulations go not only to the students but to our fantastic staff who have supported them during their time at sixth form.”
There were shouts of joy and hugs as the students gathered at the Rating Lane campus to collect their grades, speak to tutors who were on hand to celebrate and advise on next steps and to enjoy a free breakfast.
Among those celebrating were the highest achieving students Brad Hayton-Mulvey, Beth Postlethwaite and Niall Cameron who secured a clean sweep of 3 A*s each.
The sixth form college, which is rated by the Department for Education as a top tier college for achievement at A-level, merged with Furness College last year.
Principal and Chief Executive Andrew Wren said the results were extremely positive and that it had been wonderful to see the students’ reactions when they picked up their envelopes.
He said: “The sixth form has a long tradition of success at A-level and today the vast majority of students have achieved the grades they need for their first-choice university or higher apprenticeship.
“It has been a fantastic day and it’s great to see the varied range of career paths they are going into – from sciences and engineering to languages, business and law.
“The merger means we are the biggest college in Cumbria and there has never been a wider choice of courses to help students get where they want to be.”
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