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NewVIc celebrates increase in pass rates and top grades

Students and staff at NewVIc are celebrating another year of improvement in A-level pass rates and top grades in the college’s 25th anniversary.

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The college’s A-level pass rate is up 1% on last year at 98%, and is the best ever pass rate for the College. The proportion of candidates achieving the highest possible A* grade is also up and 10% of all entries achieved A or A* grades with 14 of these in Maths, 12 in Sociology, 10 in Psychology, 9 in Chemistry and 7 in Biology. Students in 22 A-level subjects achieved 100% pass rates.

Results for the Subsidiary Diplomas taken by some A-level students were also excellent with a 99% pass rate across 149 entries with 73% of candidates achieving at least a Distinction and 48% achieving the highest possible grade of starred Distinction including a stunning 84% in Business intensive and 83% in Applied Science intensive.

NewVIc’s advanced vocational students have also excelled this year with an overall pass rate also at 98%. 75 students (18% of candidates) achieved a triple starred distinction (D*D*D*) which is the highest possible grade in the level 3 extended diploma. Half of all Extended Diploma candidates achieved at least a triple Distinction, equivalent to 3 A’s at A-level. A stunning 94% of Computer Science students and 82% of Mechanical Engineering students achieved at least a Triple Distinction. Most of NewVIc’s vocational students will progress to university, in many cases on to some of the most highly-rated specialist degree courses.

Bibire Baykeens and Mughees HassanWith so many students moving on to university, NewVIc was delighted to see a record number of first choice places, including Honours Programme student, Mughees Hassan who achieved A*A*A*A securing a place to study Natural Sciences at Cambridge University. Bibire Baykeens, 20, from Romford achieved  A*A*A and will start her medical degree at Plymouth University in September.

Bibire says:“It has been an absolute pleasure being at NewVIc. Everyone here is on your side to help you succeed. They don’t just care about grades - they care about your future. Staff are happy to answer your questions and ensure you know your subject as well as possible. They encourage you to aim high.”

NewVIc’s principal, Eddie Playfair said: “Over the last 25 years NewVIc has helped many thousands of local young people succeed and this year’s excellent results continue our year on year improvement. This success means that many hundreds of young east Londoners will be able to realise their ambitions and progress to the university degree course of their choice. This shows that excellence can be achieved within a comprehensive college which is there for everyone. Our students and staff have worked extremely hard for these results and their success is well deserved. As we prepare to celebrate our 25 year anniversary these excellent results show that we are a place of ambition, challenge and equality and truly a successful learning community. We wish our class of 2017 every success as they pursue their dreams.”

Read the Class of 2017 profiles