It is a real pleasure to welcome you to our first parents newsletter of the year.
I am delighted to inform you that our students have, once again, broken our records with their results. Last year they achieved the best student outcomes in our history. The class of 2018 truly did the college, parents, staff and the community proud. A few highlights for me, were the International Baccalaureate results, where more than a fifth of the year group achieved 40 points or more – the equivalent of five A Levels at A/A*. Our A Level results were truly stunning with 61% of students achieving high grades (A*, A or B). I believe this makes Exeter College the highest performing non-selective state funded sixth-form in the whole of Devon. Our vocational and applied results were also our best ever, with students progressing on to first choice employment and first choice universities from right across the college. A record number of students secured a place at Oxbridge and a record number of students started an apprenticeship.
Across the college students excelled, with one of our apprentices being selected to train with the UK World Skills Team, after winning a gold medal at a national event. Last year our apprenticeship provision ranked in the top 10 of all colleges nationally for both employer satisfaction and outcomes.
So firstly, I would like to thank you as parents for your support, in particular, those who had a son, daughter or ward at the college last year. The support of parents and guardians is a key ingredient, that contributes to the success of our students and the college as a whole.
Secondly, I hope that your young person has settled into life at Exeter College, I have spoken to lots of students and from their feedback, the year has started remarkably well.
Finally, we really value your feedback, I would therefore encourage you to attend one of our ‘parents evenings’ if at all possible and ask that you please let us know if we are doing something well, so we can keep doing it and equally let us know if there is something we can improve.
Thank you for your ongoing support.