PHOTOS: A-Level joy for Nelson & Colne College students

Holly Mayor and Kate Whitaker cannot hide their excitement. (S)

Holly Mayor and Kate Whitaker cannot hide their excitement. (S)

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Two years of hard work and determination has paid off for staff and students at Nelson and Colne College as they celebrate outstanding results and prepare for their next journey.

There were tears and excitement on the morning of A Level Results Day as students finally breathed a sigh of relief after months of nerves and anticipation.

For the fourth year running, Nelson and Colne College has achieved a 100% pass rate, and this is due, the students say, to the overall experience the College has offered to them over the past two years.

Matt Langstroth (18), a former Park High School student who will be studying Medicine at Hull York Medical School, said: “It is not just about the grades at Nelson and Colne College – there is so much going on behind the scenes.

“I have developed academically, but as a person as well – my time management skills are better, I was also able to do a pre-professional course in Medicine, and with the help of the College I gained experience at Airedale and Blackburn Hospital and talked to former students. I have got one A and two A*s – I have had a brilliant College life and all the hard work has paid off! I cannot wait to start University!”

Harry Hardisty, from Nelson, who achieved two A*s and an A in Mathematics, Further Mathematics and Physics, also thanked staff for the quality of the teaching and the “best staff” in the area.

It’s an exceptionally nerve-racking night before for everybody, including me, but I don’t know how it happens that every year we seem to do better than the previous year.

Principal

And former Park High School student Kate Whitaker, who did work experience with Leader Times Newspapers, was also all smiles as she picked up two A*s and an A in English Language, English Literature and History. She will now progress to the University of York and has ambitions of becoming a children’s TV presenter.

Nelson and Colne College Principal, Amanda Melton, said: “It’s an exceptionally nerve-racking night before for everybody, including me, but I don’t know how it happens that every year we seem to do better than the previous year.

“I was really nervous on Wednesday as well because I was hearing about the reduction in overall performance in science and maths but our results are up again this year so we’ve bucked the trend.

“I’m delighted that we exceed everybody’s expectations in terms of the results year after year.”