RIC’s exam results regularly match or exceed those of more highly selective private schools. We believe that our small teaching groups, regular testing and structured tutorial support are responsible for this. We are a mixed ability school that offers a full range of subjects. For some students 3 Grade Cs at A level represents just as much of an achievement as our Oxbridge high fliers with their annual rows of A* grades.
“Sam is delighted with his Imperial place and thank you all at RIC. We are really pleased with all the help and support he received.” Sarah Wallace
Just under two thirds of RIC A level entries were A* to B grades, seeing students securing places at top Russell Group universities. Their achievements are all the more impressive as more than 70% achieved the grades in only one year.
Theodora Penney from Chatham this time last year had grades CDE in her AS exams and was worried that she would not fulfill her ambition to study Economics at a top university. After switching for Year 13 from a local grammar school she is now celebrating grades of AAB and a place at Sheffield University for Economics.
Ella Halpern-Matthews switched to RIC after the first year of the IB Diploma at a local grammar school. Finding A levels a better route for her, Ella completed three subjects intensively in only one year, making her grades of AAA in History, English Literature and Film Studies even more impressive. Ella has a place to study History at SOAS, University of London, the world’s leading institution for the study of Asia, Africa and the Middle East.
Students retaking their A2 exams at RIC have also been successful. Natasha West missed her Dentistry place at Bristol last year, securing the As she needed in Biology and Chemistry but only getting a B in English. Second time round, she improved her English to an A* and starts her dentistry training at Bristol in September this year.
Thanish Faiz from Rainham last year had BCC at A level and after a one year retake course has AAA and is set to follow in his father’s footsteps into Medicine. Starting Medicine in October at Oxford University is RIC’s Joe McManners who won his place after his stunning success last year securing A* grades in Chemistry and Biology after only one year of study.
Dr Todd Dedman, Head of Sixth Form at RIC says: “One bad year doesn’t have to mean the end to higher education plans. The College has always been a centre of excellence for Science and it is exciting to work with sixth form students aiming to become doctors, dentists, vets and other medically related professions. Equally rewarding is when students who have thought that they were not capable of A level success achieve good results through hard work and determination. Lizzie Jones (pictured top) for example was not permitted by her previous school to continue with her favourite subject, English Literature. She is now celebrating a Grade A in the subject along with an A* in History, an A in Film Studies and a place at Exeter to read Law.”
It is not just retake students who are celebrating at the Star Hill college. One of 2016’s top performers, Dorothea Blackmore (pictured right) from Rochester joined RIC at the age of 11 in Year 7 and stayed on after her GCSEs for sixth form. Talented artist Dorothea is celebrating three top grades Graphic Design (A*), Textiles and Fashion (A*) and English Literature (A). Dorothea starts her Art Foundation course at UCA Rochester in September.
At this time of year the College often receives messages from students and their parents commenting on their time with us. Natasha Alford who has won a 2016 place to study Medicine at Bristol said: “I moved from Georgia to England to start year 7 at an English secondary school. Having finished year 11 I achieved 12 GCSEs ( 7A* 4A 1B). Because my school didn’t have a sixth form I transferred to a local grammar school for year 12 and 13. My results were not going to get me to medical school so that’s when Rochester Independent College came along. Rochester specialises in helping students who failed on their first try to retake and achieve their desired grades, and that was abundantly clear for the first meeting with the tutors; the first time in the last two years I felt as though my dream of doing medicine could be possible because I knew I was surrounded by people whose advice I trusted. One of the greatest things about the school are the excellent teachers, for the first time since I arrived in the UK I was taught to understand my subjects instead of just revising for the exam. Don’t get me wrong, we did a lot of exam preparation and every single teacher is well versed in exam technique. I remembered why I loved going to school, not learning for learning’s sake but because I was curious to know more. Sociology pushed me out of my comfort zone and as an essay subject it also challenged me to look at the world around me and to question everything. Retaking biology and chemistry allowed to gain a deeper understanding of the concepts I learnt previously but also pushed me to explore outside the syllabus. Having previously attended a school where the learning environment was so unforgiving, I felt great to be taught in such a safe place where asking questions or saying you don’t understand didn’t seem like a weakness. The teachers were more than willing to help during the lesson time or outside. I’m so incredibly happy I had to retake my A levels because attending Rochester taught me the ability to learn and more importantly understand what I’m learning. But also to face failure and knows it’s not the end of the world and you can always try again. If I hadn’t failed and attended university after year 13 I probably wouldn’t have been able to do it. But now I feel as though I’m ready for Bristol Medical School in September because of Rochester. So after an intensive one year course I achieved AAA in Chemistry Biology and Sociology. Although I attended Rochester to gain good A levels what I actually gained during my time there was so much more.”
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