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City of Oxford College students celebrate A Level success

15 August 2019

City of Oxford College would like to congratulate the 68 students who passed their A Level qualifications today. 

The Activate Learning college’s chemistry department maintained a 100% pass rate for the second consecutive year, 5% above the national average. Biology students also secured a 100% pass rate for the second year in a row, 3% above the national average. The college’s psychology results came in at 34% above the national average for A*-B grades, with a 100% pass rate. 

Fourteen of the eighteen A Level subjects at City of Oxford College secured pass rates above the national average.  

Sally Dicketts CBE, Chief Executive of Activate Learning, said: “I’m delighted to see that all the hard work and effort our students have put into their studies has been rewarded today. 

“At Activate Learning we work in partnership with our students to help them understand both what and how they need to learn.  We aim to create independent, confident, assured learners. 

“Throughout their journey with us we provide our learners with the support and guidance to give them this confidence and realisation that they need to really test themselves and to sometimes fail in order to learn even more effectively. 

“I’d like to wish everyone that is leaving Activate learning the very best of luck for the future.” 

James Railton was the college’s top performer, achieving three A* grades in maths, chemistry and physics, as well as a B in biology. He will now take up an offer from the University of Manchester where he will study physics. James said: “I am feeling good! I worked so hard and I’m looking forward to studying again. The teachers at City of Oxford College are really nice and my friends have been great. I’m looking forward to relaxing for now.” 

Darcie Wilkes achieved two As in sociology and law and a B in history and is taking a gap year. She has a place to study criminology at the University of Birmingham in 2020, but will be considering her options because she has done better than predicted. 

Darcie said: “I am going to travel in Indonesia for a bit and then I am so excited to be going to university after that to study again. I actually really enjoy learning and I am excited to go back to education after my break. 

“At first I was nervous to come to college but at City of Oxford College it feels more like a family, you feel close to your teachers and they put in so much effort to support you.”   

Peter Burnell-Spector achieved two As in maths and chemistry and a B grade in business studies and will be studying economics at the University of Bristol.  

Peter said: “It is great here, it was nice being close to town with everything nearby. I can’t wait for university, it’s still a month to go!”  

Also celebrating today was Chloe Baillie who with one A in English language and literature, a B in biology and a C grade in philosophy and religious studies, will be studying English and creative writing at Cardiff University this September. 

Chloe said: "I feel incredible, it is amazing. I am just shocked. I can’t wait to start the course, meet my lecturers and lots of new people down there!   

“City of Oxford College is really supportive. The teachers were great and pushed me a lot to achieve the grades I wanted to. It was a lot more of a relaxed environment than school and that was really fun. The people here are lovely.” 

City of Oxford College teaches a wide range of A Levels including further mathematics, drama and theatre studies, physics and media studies as well as degree subjects ranging from Business and Enterprise, Furniture Design and Make, Policing, and Sports Coaching. Additionally, our extensive network of business partners means that we provide outstanding apprenticeship opportunities. 

The college is offering information, advice and guidance to anyone who is unsure as to what to do next after their A Levels. More information is available at