Yet again Godalming has achieved an excellent set of exam results. Principal David Adelman says ‘I am delighted that the hard-work and talent of our students and teaching staff has paid off with such rich rewards. The College has improved its A level pass rate to 99.4% and its A* - C grade to 82.2% and sustained an already high A*-B grade rate at 60.3%. In the context of the national picture in which A level standards are getting harder this is an exemplary performance. The BTEC performance is also excellent with 100% pass rate on all BTEC qualifications, with 66.7% recieving a Distinction* or Distinction grade. We have nearly 800 students who have taken A level and BTEC qualifications this year and these results will enable our students to progress to higher education or employment where I'm sure their success will continue."
One student who stands out from the crowd is Sam Exworth, from Woking, who started at Godalming College 2009. In his first year at the College Sam was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, a cancer of the lymphatic system. After 8 months of intense chemotherapy and cranial radiotherapy Sam was preparing to return to College only to get the devastating news that the cancer had returned. Further treatment and a life-saving stem cell transplant plus a strong determination led Sam to start A level subjects in 2012. With support from his family he has remained strong and upbeat throughout. He completes his A levels this year a fantastic A and two Bs.
Some notable student achievements include successful debating duo Elliot Thornton, ex-Rodborough student and Ellie Whitlock from Leatherhead. Both have been part of the executive committee of the Student’s Union and both have taken part in debating, reaching a very respectable place in the national finals of the Oxford Union competition, arguably the toughest school debating competition in the world. Elliot who has achieved A*s in History and Maths A level, an A grade in English Literature along with a B in the Extended Project Qualification will take his place at Oxford in the Autumn. Ellie, who has achieved two A*s in Biology and Chemistry and an A in Mathematics A levels plus an A* in the Extended Project Qualification will be taking her place at Cambridge.
An ex-Glebelands student Claudia Welbourn-Green, will also be heading to Cambridge this year to study Veterinary Medicine after undertaking a great deal of work experience in this field. She regularly volunteers for the Riding for the Disabled Association and is a keen horse woman herself. An Extended Project Qualification provided her with the opportunity to research the controversial topic of Badger and Bovine Tuberculosis, she is a star Chemist and has taken part in the Royal Society of Chemistry Schools Analyst Competition and completed a Silver Duke of Edinburgh Award whilst at College. She is celebrating her achievement of A*s in Biology and Chemistry, an A in Mathematics and an A* for the Extended Project Qualification.
Music student Daniel Garel, from Leatherhead, has had a very busy time whilst studying A level Music, French and English Literature plus an Extended Project Qualification. He has performed as a member of the College Jazz Band, Chamber Choir, Concert Orchestra, Saxophone Ensemble and Barbershop Quartet as well as being part of the Royal College of Music junior department and becoming a composer for the National Youth Orchestra and performing with the BBC singers. He leaves Godalming with two A*s and two A grades along with some great experiences working towards the Gold Duke of Edinburgh and a four week trip trekking and taking part in a development project in Nepal.
Another music enthusiast is Emma Marks, from Weybridge, who studied physics, maths and music plus the BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in Music Technology. She is now looking forward to taking her place on the world famous Tonmeister (Sound Engineering) course at the University of Surrey.
The College maintains its outstanding results and national reports continue to provide a picture of students doing better than previously expected within a culture that supports academic achievement but also ensures that students become thoughtful and active citizens.