19 August 2019 Excellent achievement from Portsmouth College in both A Levels and Level 3 Vocational Programmes

Sep 11, 2019

Students, staff and governors at Portsmouth College are again celebrating another set of excellent A Level and Level 3 Vocational results


97% of students have passed their qualifications and 49% achieved the highest grades of A*-B at A Level and Distinction*/Distinction on Level 3 Vocational Programmes. These results have enabled students from across our city partner schools and beyond, to move on to their chosen destinations, including their first choice university places, apprenticeships and employment.

Students from across all of the city’s partner schools have achieved well this year:

● Connie Seamer from Priory achieved A*AA in English Literature, Psychology and Art A Levels and will be joining the University of Southampton to study English
● Libby Gissing from Springfield achieved A*AA in Law, Geography and History A Levels and will be going to the University of Sussex to study Law
● James Baxter from St Edmund’s RC achieved A*AA in Graphics, Digital Film and Photography A Levels. A gap year will give James the opportunity to focus on training with the GB Team Sprint Squad for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo
● Emily Hunter from ALNS achieved A*AA in Geography, Textiles and Digital Film A Levels, and Distinction in Music Performance and is off to Falmouth University to study Textile Design
● Callum Ashworth from ALNS achieved AAA in Maths, Economics and Business A Levels. He is taking a gap year ahead of going to university in 2020
● Louis Howells from Milton Cross achieved Distinction*, Distinction*, Distinction* in Music Performance and Music Technology and will be joining the British and Irish Modern Music Institute to study Professional Musicianship
● Daniel Turner from Priory achieved A*AB in Law, Economics and Biology A Levels and has secured a much coveted apprenticeship with a prestigious law firm
● Angel-Lilly Bradshaw from Portsmouth Academy achieved Distinction*, Distinction*, Distinction* in Level 3 Health and Social Care and is going to the University of Portsmouth to study Adult Nursing
● Lacey Burr from Charter Academy achieved AA in Biology and Psychology A Levels and Distinction* in Health and Social Care and is going to the University of Portsmouth to study Biology
● Bethany McAvery from Mayfield achieved ABB in Biology, Chemistry and History A Levels and is having a gap year ahead of applying to university
● Jack Michael Head from Trafalgar achieved Distinction, Distinction in Public Services and is currently exploring roles in the NHS
● Elliott Clark from Cams Hill achieved Distinction*, Distinction*, Distinction* in Sport and Public Services. Elliott is taking steps to join the Royal Navy, with the goal of becoming a mine clearance diver
● Katie Dunford from Portchester achieved Distinction, Distinction, Distinction in Health & Social Care. Katie is working as a trainee dental nurse ahead of applying for university next year
● Sara Wallin from Castle View achieved BBB in Mathematics, Chemistry and Biology and is intending to progress to University

Portsmouth City Council’s Cabinet Member for Education, Cllr Suzy Horton, who was with us in Portsmouth College this morning said:

“Congratulations to all of Portsmouth’s A Level and Vocational students – I know how committed they’ve been to their revision and they should be very proud of their results. I’ve spoken to many of them today and it’s been great to find out their plans for the future. I can see that all their hard work through primary and secondary school – as well as college – has really paid off!”

The College is extremely proud of the achievements of students who have followed a STEM pathway and their HE destinations.

● Abraham Kattumattathil from St Edmund’s achieved A*AA in his Mathematics, Chemistry and Physics A Levels and is going to UCL to study Astrophysics
● Tanya Chitekeshe from St Edmund’s achieved ABC in her Psychology, Biology and Chemistry A Levels and is going to University of Surrey to study Biological Sciences

Abraham commented “I like the college atmosphere and facilities. It is a good college and has been a really good experience. I have enjoyed all the extra options offered, such as the sports activities and BMC (BlottMatthews Challenge) engineering competition.”

Principal, Simon Barrable expressed: “I am extremely proud of all our Portsmouth College students for the excellent set of results they have achieved today. They are a testament to all the hard work, determination, resilience and sheer talent that our students possess in abundance! They also speak volumes about all the fantastic teaching, support and guidance they have had from all our wonderful staff. On behalf of myself and the entire governing body I offer them all our sincere congratulations and best wishes for the bright futures which undoubtedly lie ahead of them”.

The College continues to grow in popularity due to its success in supporting students across a breadth of A Level and Vocational subjects. The College is proud to be the city’s only Sixth Form College supporting Portsmouth pupils to study A Levels, Vocational courses or a combination of both, to ensure that their progression aspirations are supported. The reach of the College continues to grow beyond the city due to its popularity and success and we are increasingly welcoming students from a broad travel to learn area beyond Portsmouth. The improvements in both our pass and high grade achievement this year will continue this trend.


97% Pass rate

49% High Grade Achievement – A* – B and Distinction*/Distinction Grades