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NewVIc celebrates another year of success

Students and staff celebrate another record breaking year with 98% A Level pass rate and more than 50% of students achieving Triple Distinction* in Vocational courses.

NewVIc’s A-level pass rate remains at 98% for the second year running.  The results are the highest for the college in its 25-year history and at the national average for the first time. Students in 26 A-level subjects achieved 100% pass rates and two thirds of the college’s 606 A level entries were at grades A* to C. Every candidate achieved A*-C grades in Further Maths, French and Philosophy and other high A*-C grade pass rates included 97% in Economics, 86% in Drama, 81% in Film, 80% in Spanish, 74% in Chemistry and 73% in Business. A-level Maths, Economics and Sociology topped the table for A and A* grades with 8, 7 and 5 students respectively achieving these top grades.


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Results for the A-level sized Subsidiary Diplomas taken by some A-level students were also excellent; a 99% pass rate across 140 entries with 72% of candidates achieving at least a Distinction and 61% achieving the highest possible grade of starred Distinction including a stunning 89% in Business, 88% in Health and Social Care and 79% in Law.

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BTEC and A Level students with Mayor of Newham, Rokhsana Fiaz, Newham Councillor Julianne Marriott, Governor Martin Oakshott and Principal Eddie Playfair.

NewVIc’s advanced vocational students also excelled this year with an overall pass rate of 98%. Over half of all 635 extended diploma candidates achieved at least a triple distinction (equivalent to 3 A grades) and three quarters of Childcare candidates achieved A*-B grades. Students on 11 Extended Diplomas achieved 100% pass rates and 117 students (19% of candidates) achieved a triple starred Distinction (D*D*D*) which is the highest possible grade in the level 3 extended diploma. A stunning 95% of Computer Science students and 87% of Electrical Engineering students achieved at least a Triple Distinction.


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Over the last 25 years NewVIc has helped many thousands of local young people succeed and has always experienced a high university progression rate. This year’s excellent results continue their year on year improvement with most of their advanced students moving on to university, including to some of the most highly-rated degree courses.

As the college prepares to welcome its new principal next month, these excellent results show that it continues to be a successful learning community and a place of ambition, challenge and equality.

Outgoing principal Eddie Playfair said:

Our best results ever; what a lovely way to celebrate 25 years of continuous and steady improvement. This success shows that excellence can be achieved within a comprehensive college which is there for everyone. It 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. Our students and staff have worked extremely hard for these results and their success is well deserved. I want to congratulate the class of 2018 and wish them every success in the future and to thank everyone involved in teaching and supporting them throughout their time at college.



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