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Students Deserve the Highest Praise for their Diligence and Tenacity

Tuesday 10 August 2021

Students have successfully met the entry requirements for a range of top-flight universities including Warwick, Edinburgh, Kings College, Exeter, Brunel, Bath, Loughborough, Bristol and other institutions.There was a celebratory mood once again at St Joseph’s College Ipswich this morning, when the 100% A-level pass rate was revealed, including 47% at A*/A and outstanding achievement across BTEC and CTEC subjects.

It was a gratifying picture across the A-level returns at the co-educational independent school: 74% of passes were graded A*-B and 94% A*-C. Also celebrating were students who had chosen to pursue one or more of our exciting Level 3 vocational courses. Eighty-two percent taking the BTEC in Sport and Exercise Science triumphed with triple D* (starred distinction), the highest grade awarded and the equivalent of three A* at A-level in terms of UCAS points – these students will be continuing their education at some of the country’s premier sporting universities.

In BTEC Business 75% achieved D*-D and there was a 100% pass rate across BTEC and CTEC.

Mr Cinnamond, Deputy Principal of St Joseph’s College, said, ‘These excellent results at the end of an extraordinary academic year speak of the students’ hard work and the teachers’ dedication. Without doubt, students took the end of course assessments in May extremely seriously and revised intensely for them: they fully deserve these superb grades.’ ‘Whilst A*s at A-level and BTEC D*s catch the headlines, we are equally proud of those students who outperformed their predicted grades by dint of tenacity and hard work. “Adding value” is the jargon; our students achieving better results than they had ever envisaged is our goal,’ he added.

Mrs  Clarke, Principal of the College, also paid tribute: ‘St Joseph’s College provided first class live and online teaching this year and the assessment process was followed rigorously throughout. Far from being denigrated as the “Covid generation”, these students deserve the highest praise for their diligence, independence and maturity. They earned these outstanding results and we are delighted for them. They have done themselves, their parents and the College proud.’

Special mentions: • Ben Sams D*D*D* in Sports Science off to Brunel University • Sophie Peskett D*D*D* in Sports and Exercise Science- ITFC’s first female professional contract • Will Marston A*A*A (with an A* grade in Design Product A Level being obtained in one year)