Once again students at Strode’s College in Egham have been celebrating some outstanding examination results. Early indications suggest an overall pass rate at Advanced Level of over 98%, with 100% in 32 subjects, a new record. A 100% pass rate was recorded in all BTEC National (A level equivalent) subjects, with 54% at Distinction, to give a very satisfying picture in both academic and vocational courses. High grade passes (A*-B) were up significantly on last year and were also at a record high. Early indications suggest that almost all students who have applied to go to university this year will have qualified to do so.
Strode’s is by far the biggest provider of A level courses in the area. With around 1150 entries, Strode’s enters more students than all other schools and colleges in the boroughs of Runnymede and Spelthorne combined.
Amongst the many delighted students who were collecting their results today was Sophie Gadd from Ashford. Formerly at Thamesmead School, she leaves with 3 grade As and an A in the AQA Baccalaureate Extended Project. Sam Alston from Staines and The Magna Carta School gained an A*, 3 grade As and an A in the Extended Project while Rebecca Lesley also from Staines and formerly a pupil of Thomas Knyvett College achieved a double distinction in BTEC Art and Design as well as 2 As at A level.
Strode’s attracts students from a wide geographic area and from over 80 schools. Hannah Beeching from Twickenham (ex Waldegrave School) commented on the high level of support she had received at Strode’s and how sorry she was to leave, even though an exciting future at university awaited her.
The College’s new Principal, Anne Fielding Smith, said how impressed she had been with the young people she had met today. ‘I have been delighted to see so many smiling faces. Strode’s clearly has meant a great deal to these students and they will always remember their time with us. The results are a tribute to their hard work and the staff who have supported their studies. I look forward to even greater success in the coming years.’