A Level results are in and Acorn House is celebrating another successful year.

Thursday 18 August, A Level Results Day, had been circled in the diaries of our A Level students since they put down their pens at the end of their final examinations in June. Since then, Portugal has won the European Football Championships for the first time, the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union, and Great Britain secured a record medal haul at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. All this will have registered with our students, but nothing would have been as important as when they found out if they had achieved their A Level grades and secured their places at university.

On the 18th, students arrived early to the college to collect their results envelopes. There were some immediate scenes of celebration as several of our students opened their results and found that not only had they achieved the results they had dreamed about but also that they can start to plan for the university experiences they had hoped for. I was immensely proud of all our students on Thursday –  those who achieved the grades they needed as well as those who narrowly missed out. They dealt with their situations with maturity, optimism, and confidence. By the end of the day on Friday, all but a few students had secured entry onto a university course and several won places at some of the UK’s most prestigious institutions.

Students celebrating A level results

Students celebrating A Level results

The number of A* and A grades at the college has more than doubled compared with 2015 and in fact, we had more students achieving these grades than in the last three years.  I am so pleased for those students and for their teachers and families, who all deserve a little piece of that success.  I am also delighted to see that the numbers of students progressing to the prestigious Russell Group universities have also increased again this year.

Acorn House is proud to be sending students off in impressive numbers to universities including UCLKing’s College LondonQueen Mary’s LondonDurham, and Newcastle, and for degree programmes including Dentistry, Pharmacy, Biomedical Sciences, and Law.  Perhaps more pleasing is the progress that so many of our students made from their own individual starting points.  So many students joined us with low grades at AS or A level, many of them for just one year, and so many of them have achieved grades significantly better than those they came in with.  It is for such students that the supportive, encouraging atmosphere at our college is so well suited and the academic progress they have shown with us is a source of pride to me and to all of our staff.  We really believe that our students’ futures are more important than their past and this year’s’ results are a wonderful demonstration of this.

Congratulations to all our A Level students and good luck at university!


John Wilson

August 2016