Tavistock College is celebrating yet another set of good A level results. At A2 our students have performed exceptionally well, particularly at the higher grades. Students have achieved more A* and A grades than ever before. 33% of students gained 1 or more A* A grades and a fifth of all grades were at A and A*. This is a 2% rise from last year. 43% of our students gained a A-B grades
The principal commented that this was down to 4 key factors – the hard work of the students, very good teaching, parental support and the Aspire programme. With the Aspire programme we expected a lot and students set their sights on aiming for entry to Russell group Universities early on. This has certainly paid off with many students gaining places at top Universities. I would particularly like to thank the Tavistock College Trustees who have generously supported this programme and enabled us to get it off the ground. This includes two students who have gained places at Oxford. Jess Quinn [A*A*A*A*] will study History and French at Hertford College. Peter George [A*A*A*B] will also study History and French at Wadham College Oxford.
A number of other students were also successful:
Eliza Austin Hall – A*AA will go to Lancaster University to read management
Joe Dax –A*AA will take a gap year
Catherine Jones A*AA will also take a gap year
Beth Kingman –A*AAB goes to Exeter to read Law
Will Vojkovic AAAA will take a gap year
Chris Willkie A*AAA goes to York to read Law
Shannon Ashworth AAB goes to Cardiff to read Law and Criminology
Sarah McGahey AAB goes to Exeter to read Clinical Psychology
Sarah Mills Hicks A*AB goes Cardiff to read English Literature and Philosophy
Katy Hyde, who has taken a gap year goes to Manchester University to study Medicine.
Also a group of students on our vocational childcare course have performed exceptionally well and gained distinctions which are equivalent to gaining 3 As at A level
Katherine Melville goes to Plymouth University to study Primary education
Yasmine Maslen goes to Northumberland University to study Early years.
Chloe Stansbury who also got AAA will take a gap year.
Their success shows that there are other routes into University as well as the traditional A level route.
Another trend we are seeing is more students staying local with many going to Plymouth University to study a wide range of courses including Marine Biology. Head boy Tom Stoneham has gained a place at Plymouth to study Theatre Studies. There are some excellent opportunities and courses on our doorstep.
We are very proud indeed to see this student success. They know at this point that all their hard work and commitment has paid off. We wish them all well for the future.
Tavistock College recently welcomed Lord Teverson to speak to students about his work in the House of Lords. This was part of the Lord Speaker’s Peers in Schools programme and Lord Teverson was able to speak on a wide range of issues, from climate change to energy supply, as well as explaining to students the role that the Lords play in a parliamentary democracy.
Sixth form students from Law, Geography, History and Business Studies (the Humanities faculty) were able to ask searching questions relating to many of the key issues of today, and year 10 and year 9 classes attended the event as well. It was a really interesting morning that succeeded in throwing a new light on the work of an old institution, and Lord Teverson was able to compare and contrast the work of the Lords with that of the Commons and of the European Parliament. The vote of thanks was given by Robin Lewis, from the A level Law class.
Principal of Tavistock College, Helen Salmon commented "The peers in schools programme is a very helpful programme which enables young people to learn about how our democracy works. This fits in with our broader citizenship work and links with our local MP Geoffrey Cox."
The geography department were very fortunate to have a guest speaker in January, from 12,000 miles away! Ian Stewart, from Cornwall but now living in Christchurch, New Zealand, came in to talk about living in an active zone, where they get 10, 000 quakes a year.
Mr Stewart discussed with the classes about the experiences he had in the earthquakes and how daily life was affected as a consequence. Showing them DVD clips of the devastation and highlighting the re-building, as well as personal stories of the tragedy.
The Year 13 students in particular focused their questions on human health risks and pollution, of which Christchurch will be one of their case studies.
Tierney Dower, a year 13 student said "hearing Mr Stewart’s first-hand experiences of living in an earthquake prone zone was really fascinating as this allowed us to realise what living in a disaster area was really like and how lucky we are to live in this country. It also allowed us to see how people in these situations deal with these occurrences on a daily basis. The first-hand experiences contained valuable information on the situations that happen in New Zealand which will help aid me in my current studies in Geography”.
Megan Carr added "It isn't very often that a student studying A2 geography gets the opportunity to meet someone who has experienced many of the things that we have been studying. By hearing Mr Stewarts's experiences of living in Christchurch, it has helped me to realise the severity of the impacts that the regular events of earthquakes can have on people and how they deal with these occurrences. The main benefit of hearing firsthand the experience of living in New Zealand is that it has provided me with valuable knowledge which we can use for our current geography unit."