Hard work and dedication paid off this week as A Level students collected their results from Christ the King Sixth Form College. Once again, student performance has been exceptional and for the seventeenth consecutive year student outcomes are in excess of national pass rate benchmarks. Feelings of joy, excitement and anticipation pervaded each site, as students congratulated one another and discussed their plans for future study. These achievements are a testament to the College’s long tradition of excellence and illustrate why all three sites are among the best sixth form providers in South East London.
This year, 816 A Level candidates achieved a pass rate of 98.4% and 353 BTEC Extended Diploma students enjoyed a 100% pass rate. In addition, 60 A Level subjects achieved 100% pass rates and 68 A Level subjects were above their national average.
As a result of their hard work, over 1000 Christ the King students will now progress onto Higher Education, many into elite institutions. This is an incredible achievement and a testament to the passion, dedication and tenacity of the student body. Destinations for 2014 include the following Russell Group universities: Warwick, Durham, University College London, Sheffield, Manchester, Imperial College London, Edinburgh, Birmingham, Kings College London, Nottingham, Queen Mary, Southampton and Liverpool.
Dr Jane Overbury OBE, Collegiate Principal of Christ the King College, said:
With each year that passes I continue to be overwhelmed by the enthusiasm, the dedication and the high level of student achievement at Christ the King Sixth Form College. This year’s results are a testament to the diligence and commitment of our capable and ambitious students, and I am incredibly proud of their A Level and BTEC outcomes. Over the past sixteen years the College has made consistent, impressive progress and in 2014 we have once again surpassed national pass rate A Level and BTEC benchmarks. This is a tremendous achievement, and is also due to the unwavering dedication of teaching and support staff, who commit themselves fully to the success and well-being of the students. Staff at Christ the King believe in each and every student, and it is wonderful to see these young people grow and develop throughout their time at the College. It is incredible that over a thousand Christ the King students will progress on to higher education this September and I am confident that the skills and experience they have gained at the College have prepared them well for future work and study.
Our college motto, ‘Ut Vitam Habeant’, means ‘that they may have life’. I bid farewell to the students of 2014 with pride and admiration, safe in the knowledge that they will enter the world as well-rounded, confident and capable individuals. I know that Christ the King leavers will go on to achieve great things, and I wish them the very best of luck in their future endeavors.”
Some of the Christ the King students from the Lewisham, Sidcup and Brockley sites who will be taking up university places this year are:
Julian Bentham achieved an incredible A* in Mathematics, A* in History and A in English Literature and is looking forward to taking up his place at Sheffield University to study Computer Science. He thanked teaching staff for providing workshops and advice outside of lesson time and felt that he grew as a person during his time at Christ the King.
Corey Muir was extremely pleased to open his results and discover that he had achieved an A* in Physics, A* in Mathematics, A* in Further Mathematics and A in Chemistry. In September Corey will enroll on a degree in Theoretical Physics at Imperial College London, and he is looking forward the next chapter of his life. Corey explained that he was “really happy and pleased” to have secured his place at university and thanked Christ the King for “supporting my efforts to improve academically”.
Olubunmi Olukoga was awarded an outstanding A* in Mathematics, A in Further Mathematics, A in Biology and A in Chemistry. In September she will start a Chemical Engineering course at Nottingham University and hopes to forge a career as a Chemical Engineer after graduating. She credited the extended LRC opening hours for her success, as well as the advice, support and encouragement she received from her teachers.
Damilola Afolabi was over the moon when she discovered she had achieved an A* in Religious Studies, an A* in Sociology and an A in Psychology. She said of her results “I just can’t believe it, I am so happy to have exceeded my expectations and it is a truly wonderful feeling! Christ the King is an amazing college, the teachers are very supportive and the Learning Resources Centre has extended opening hours so students can study. I will be sending my children here in years to come!”. Damilola will be taking up a place at Birmingham University in September to study Psychology.
Jacob Seamons achieved a fantastic A* in Mathematics, A in Further Mathematics, A in Spanish and A in History. His future aspirations revolve largely around investment banking and in September he will start his BASc Arts and Sciences degree at University College London. Reflecting on his outstanding grades, Jacob said: “I am very very happy with my grades and the teachers at Christ the king have been really supportive. The Careers Department was invaluable and provided me with a wealth of advice on university courses and progression routes”.
Eleanor Coutts was awarded an outstanding A* in Mathematics, A* in Physics and A in Further Mathematics and thanked the College for motivating, inspiring and encouraging her to succeed. Eleanor is particularly interested in Medial Physics and will be enrolling on a Physics degree at Durham University in September. During her time at Christ the King, she relished the independent and mature approach to work, and expressed gratitude to her teachers for their support and kindness throughout the two years.
Teniola Disu was “proud and overjoyed” with her A* in Sociology, A in History and B in Media Studies and thanked her teachers for “believing in me and having faith that I could succeed”. Teniola will be enrolling on a Medieval History degree at Queen Mary, University of London in September and is looking forward to joining societies, meeting new people and studying a subject that she is truly passionate about.
Lopez Okiai has worked extremely hard over the last two years and his efforts have been rewarded with a place at Brighton and Sussex Medical School to study Medicine. He achieved a fantastic A* in Biology, A in Chemistry, A in Mathematics and B in his EPQ project and is looking forward to extending his knowledge at medical school. During his time at college he attended seminars at Kings College London and volunteered as a nurse. He was also successful in work shadowing a doctor at Queen Elizabeth Hospital.
Terrel Douglas was “Ecstatic” to discover that he had achieved an A* in Sociology, an A in Government and Politics and an A in History. He described his time at Christ the King as a “very good learning experience” and thanked the College for introducing him to new people, new subjects and new ideas. In September Terrel will enroll at Liverpool University on a Law degree, and plans to train as a barrister after completing his undergraduate studies.
Nicole Nuqui achieved an exceptional A* in Mathematics, A in Chemistry and B in Biology and will be enrolling on a Biochemistry course at Kings College London in September. She was understandably delighted with her results and said “I am really proud of myself for achieving these grades. I really enjoyed working within the Science department at Christ the King and the teachers pushed me to be the best I could be. The community at the College is very supportive and I am so pleased that I chose Christ the King.”
Oreoluwa Agbeja felt “extremely relieved and happy” that his hard work paid off. He was awarded an impressive A* in Mathematics, A in Chemistry and B in Economics and is very excited about starting his Chemical Engineering degree at Manchester University. He thanked his teachers for believing in him and explained that words couldn’t describe his time at Christ the King. He credited the Learning Resources Centre, the teachers and the tutoring system for his success and plans to undertake masters and PhD qualifications after completing his undergraduate degree.
Philippe Vouta always strived to achieve his best and was very pleased to discover he had achieved an A in French, B in Sociology and B in Government and Politics. Throughout his time at Christ the King he led the college debating club, worked a peer mentor and served as a college ambassador and in September he will be enrolling at Edinburgh University to study Philosophy and Politics. After graduating, Phillippe hopes to establish a career in Law and Politics.
Foloshade Fawehinmi was awarded an A* in Sociology, A in Economics and B in Government and Politics and was extremely pleased with her results. Her fantastic achievements have secured her place at Nottingham University to study Economics and Politics, and she plans to enter the field of investment banking once she has graduated from university. She said “I feel really good about my grades and I have made some really good friends at Christ the King. The College creates a very helpful study environment and the subjects are engaging and interesting. Christ the King makes it easy for you to try hard!”.
Channelle Hylton is leaving Christ the King with a fantastic A* in Sociology, A in Philosophy and B in Chemistry and will be starting a Law and Sociology degree at Warwick University in September. She has a keen interest in Law, Human Resources and Investment Banking and is excited to meet new people at university. She thanked the Learning Resources Centre for the provision of resources and support, and described the College as a “productive and enjoyable learning environment”.
Twin sisters Sanele and Zodumo Mbuthuma studied the same subjects at A Level and have both been accepted to study History and Politics at the School of Oriental and African Studies. SOAS was the twin’s first choice as they both have aspirations to work in Africa, in the fields of education, politics and diplomacy. Reflecting on their time at Christ the King, the sisters said “The teachers are really amazing! We only came here from South Africa in 2010 and the Christ the King has helped us to realise our potential. The atmosphere at the College was always positive and we always enjoyed our learning.”
Andressa Faria is keen to pursue career in Law and will be taking up a place at Southampton University in September to study the subject. She completed an impressive four A Levels and achieved an A in Portuguese, an A in Philosophy, an A in Religious Studies and C in English Literature. She explained that her teachers “believed in me before I believed in myself” and thanked staff for their unwavering support and guidance throughout her time at college.