CCSS A-level results ‘reflect another improvement in performance’

PUBLISHED: 11:24 16 August 2018 | UPDATED: 11:26 16 August 2018

CCSS student Niamh Hodges has secured a place at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge Picture: Chris Reeve

CCSS student Niamh Hodges has secured a place at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge Picture: Chris Reeve

Chris Reeve photographer

Students at CCSS (Cambridge Centre for Sixth form Studies) have this year achieved excellent results of 40 per cent A*/A, 62 per cent A*-B, 84 per cent A*-C and a 99.6 per cent overall pass rate.

Places for CCSS students have been achieved at Cambridge, Imperial, Warwick, Durham, St Andrews and Nottingham.

CCSS Principal, Stuart Nicholson, congratulated CCSS students and teachers.

“It has been very encouraging that students and teachers’ efforts have been rewarded,” he said. “These results reflect another improvement in performance, despite the scaremongering about the impact of the new A level specifications and examinations.”

One student, Niamh Hodges, achieved A* grades in each of history, economics and psychology and has a place to study social anthropology at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge.

A delighted Niamh, who ultimately wants to work in social research, said: “The teachers at CCSS encouraged an independent style of learning, which is vital preparation for university.” Matching Niamh’s haul of grades, Kene Ezeonyim heads to Imperial College, London to read Engineering. Hannah Ruskin-Dodd applied independently for a scholarship at CCSS two years ago to give herself the best chance of getting to a top university to read astrophysics - and has fulfilled this dream with a place at St Andrews.

Although students at CCSS have this year achieved excellent results, advice to students across the country who have not got their offers is that they need to be choosy when it comes to alternatives through clearing.

Mr Nicholson said: “With the government removing the cap on the number of places universities, can offer along with a dip in the number of 18-year-olds in the population, it’s a buyer’s market this year so students shouldn’t rush in to accepting the first offer that comes along.

“Even top Russell Group universities are now offering places via clearing so there are good places to be had, but only if it’s right for the student.”

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