Paston Sixth Form College has had a record year, with more students than ever starting University courses this Autumn. It has placed 60% of its students at University, beating the 2010/11 cohort, when 59% were placed. To add to the record, 21% of the students are starting at Russell Group Universities this year. This includes a record six students who gained places at Oxbridge.
There have been a number of factors contributing to the record. The outstanding A level results, with 49% achieving A* -B top grades and 75% A*-C grades, helped students secure their offers. All staff worked hard encouraging students to be more ambitious and have high aspirations. A poster campaign in classrooms and additional HE sessions throughout the year paid off. Paston’s specialist tutors and HE mentors worked with students on the fine details of their applications and personal statements, providing support throughout the process. Finally students were encouraged by a number of ex Paston students, who gave up their time on presentations in College, promoting the benefits of a University education, leading to a range of careers. Despite all the negativity publicity surrounding fees and graduate employment in the media, it is pleasing that Paston students can see the long term career and financial benefits of going to University.
Overall in the Country University entrants passed 500,000 last year with 1.7 million offers made, this is likely to have increased this Autumn. The economic recovery is also significantly boosting the graduate jobs market.
Kevin Grieve Principal said “I was extremely pleased to see so many students with high aspirations and ambition going to University this year. Students and their parents realise the benefits of going to University. The majority of careers where good incomes are guaranteed require graduate entry. I am extremely proud of the achievements of this year group.”
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