UNIVERSITY DEGREE SUCCESS FOR EX PASTON SIXTH FORM COLLEGE STUDENTS

Paston Sixth Form College is always very keen to keep up to date with the success of their students when they leave for University, employment or apprenticeships.

Data produced by the Sixth Form Colleges Association showed that ex Paston students who went on to university achieved some amazing results in 2016.  In total, 86% of ex students from Paston achieved a First or Upper Second Class (2:1) Degree.  The figure for Paston Sixth Form College was significantly above other Sixth Form Colleges at 76% and 73% from School Sixth Forms.  Paston Students even out-scored students from the Independent sector who achieved 79%.  Additional data linked to students from the lowest University participation wards showed 90% of Paston students achieved a Higher Degree or Upper Second Class Degree compared to 72% from other Sixth Forms and 69% from School Sixth Forms and 76% from the Independent sector.

The Principal, Kevin Grieve, said he was very impressed by the brilliant performance of ex Paston students.  “It clearly shows staff at Paston prepare our students well for future academic success”.

 Kieran Isaacson, a former A Level student at the College, went on to the University of Sheffield to do a BA in History and Sociology with a year abroad at the University of Copenhagen.  He has just completed a PGCE History Secondary Teacher Training at the Institute of Education, University College, London, starting a history teaching post in June in London.  He said “my time at Paston Sixth Form College helped prepare me for university through expanding my perspective on the world. This was done by highly engaging teachers who really pushed me to the limit and beyond. As well as this the Wednesday afternoon enrichment allowed me to volunteer at a local high school which helped me secure a place on a teacher training course at the Institute of Education”.

James Appleby, a former A Level student at the College, went on to Norwich University of the Arts to do a BA in Architecture.  He is shortly taking up a post as an Architectural Assistant (Part 1) in Norwich. He said “I really enjoyed my time at Paston Sixth Form College. Doing your A-Levels can be a confusing time for everyone in one way or another and especially when you don’t know exactly what you want to do afterwards. I felt that the teachers and tutors at Paston were always encouraging to keep me on track and to achieve the best I could. I studied creative subjects, both Textiles and Photography as well as English Literature and Language. I think Paston is an excellent environment for studying and being creative.

I went on to study Architecture at Norwich University of the Arts which the College has close links with. I achieved a First Class Degree there last June. At Paston Sixth Form College, I was encouraged to be independent and to be responsible for my own learning and time management which I believe is an important skill needed at both University and in working life.”

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