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Reading College students celebrate A Level success

Students moving on to university and apprenticeships after completing their A Levels at Reading College

15 August 2019

Reading College would like to congratulate the 64 students who passed their A Level qualifications today. 


The Activate Learning college’s history department maintained 100% pass rate for the second consecutive year, 2% above the national average. Further mathematics students also secured a 100% pass rate for the second year in a row, 4% above the national average. 

Congratulations to all our learners


Activate Learning Group Chief Executive Sally Dicketts MBE, 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.” 

Daisy celebrates her 3 As


Daisy Thiroff is celebrating after achieving A grades in English language and literature, psychology and sociology at Reading College. She is starting a marketing and communications degree at Bournemouth University this autumn. 


Daisy said: “It really feels like a family here, and the teachers taught me a lot about myself. When I first came here, I didn’t know if I wanted to go to uni or what to do as a career, but the tutors helped me to figure it out for myself.” 


Daisy’s family planned a party in the garden with “cakes, balloons and bubbles” to celebrate her success, and Daisy herself was “over the moon.” 

Peter off to uni to study astrophysics


Peter Wilson is from Reading and is going to Lancaster University to study astrophysics after achieving the grades he needed in maths, further maths and in physics. 


Peter said “I came to Reading College as I heard good reviews about it and I also felt that right from my initial approach, the tutors treated me as an adult and with respect. They took my education seriously and I had a fantastic time here.“ 

Reuben aiming for a career in environmental sciences


Reuben Harris is also from Reading and achieved A, B and B grades in geography, biology and maths. He is now going on to study Environmental Sciences and International Development and the University of East Anglia.  


Reuben says that he felt “Shocked, but ecstatic. It’s been two years; it’s gone so fast and it doesn’t really feel like it’s over. The teachers here have been really great and I wouldn’t go anywhere else if I had to do it again.” 


Reuben has big plans for the future and is considering an UN internship in their environment programme after university.  


Reading College teaches a wide range of A Levels including history, law, biology and accounting, as well as a degree in psychology and criminology and the Professional / Post-Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE). Additionally, our extensive network of business partners means that we provide outstanding apprenticeship opportunities.