Another South Sefton College student books place at Oxford

Posted on August 18, 2017 Hugh Baird

South Sefton College are celebrating their best A Level results ever…and waving another gifted student off to Oxford University for the third year in a row.

With 99.1% of South Sefton College students achieving passes this year, there were 100% pass rates in a raft of subjects including English Language, English Literature Media and Film, as well as Performing Arts, Sport and Art & Design. There were lots of individual success stories too. Amongst them, former Litherland High School pupil, Jake Cheetham who’s fantastic results have earned him a place at Oxford to study towards a degree in maths.

Jake said:

“I hadn’t thought of going to Oxford until one of my teachers mentioned that the Oxford application deadline was coming up.  I just decided to give it a go and apply.  The Vice Principal gave me lots of advice on my personal statement and, when I got an interview, the Principal helped me prepare for the interview process.”

“I’ve always been good at Maths but studying at South Sefton College has made me enjoy subjects more than I did when I was at school and the staff opened my eyes to the options I have.”

Principal of South Sefton College, Dr Frank McCann, is once more proud of the achievements of the students moving on from the college this summer.

“I want to extend my congratulations and thanks to a truly wonderful group of young adults who have enriched the life of the college and achieved such an excellent set of results. Thanks are also due to the families and teachers who have guided and supported their two years here and who will, no doubt, be enjoying celebrations taking place around the city of Liverpool and Sefton.”

“We are reminded, almost on a daily basis, how difficult it is for young people to make their way in the current uncertain climate, but these students have now established firm foundations which will propel them on their way into employment, training or higher education. We wish all the students from across the Liverpool City Region all the very best and look forward to hearing of their continuing success”.

If you would like to find out more about the A Level and BTEC courses offered at South Sefton College, click here to go to our course pages, look out for details of our Open Events on Facebook and Twitter, or contact us on 0151 288 6300.  Main enrolment for all 2017 courses begins on Thursday, 24th August and runs right through until September.

Other highlights from South Sefton College’s A Level Results Day:

Stephanie Ray (from Crosby/ Sacred Heart)

Stephanie Ray studied English Language and English Literature as well as BTEC Applied Law. She was delighted with her A*, A and Distinction* and has accepted a place at Sheffield University to study English Language.

Stephanie said:

“I get so much enjoyment out of English and hope to study it and pursue it as a career for years to come.”

She said the best thing about studying at South Sefton College has been the teachers – a sentiment shared by many of the students.

Dan Demian (born in Romania, now living in Litherland)

Dan enrolled at South Sefton College just a few months after moving from Romania to England.  His results in ICT and Applied Business are taking him to Edge Hill University to study a degree in Business and Management with Finance and Accounting.  Dan said:

“The tutors at South Sefton have given me lots of support even staying after hours to help with extra work. There has always been someone to go to if I needed help with anything.”

He added:

“I chose South Sefton College because I came to look around and liked the teachers and the feel of the College.  I had already studied business in Romania and wanted to continue with it because, after graduating from Edge Hill, I’m hoping to either start my own accountancy business or work in a big company.”

Holly Steven (from Liverpool/ Sacred Heart)

Also off to Edge Hill University, this time to study Drama, is Holly Steven who gained B grades in Drama and Sociology as well as Distinction* in Applied Law.

Joel Elms (from Liverpool/ Christian Fellowship School)

Collecting his three A*s in Physics, Maths and Further Maths, Joel Elms spoke about the absolutely amazing support he’s received all year round at South Sefton College.  He chose the subjects he took because he wanted a career in engineering and is now looking forward to studying Aerospace Engineering at Liverpool University.  He said:

“Taking Maths opens up so many doors for your future. It is one of the more rewarding and challenging subjects available to study. If you enjoy solving problems and growing mentally, maths is the subject for you.”

Georgia O’Driscoll (from Bootle/ Savio Salesian)

Another student collecting three A* grades was Georgia O’Driscoll, who studied Psychology, Sociology and Health and Social Care.  Now progressing to a Psychology Degree at the University of Liverpool, she said:

“I have only decided on psychology since being at South Sefton College because I’ve enjoyed the A Level so much.  The teachers have been good, giving extra help and lot of revision.”

Conor McDonald (from Bootle/ Savio Salesian)

Conor is hoping for a career in politics when he graduates with a Business and Politics Degree from Newcastle University.  He achieved A* grades in Sociology and Business with an A in Law and said:

“What I have loved about my time at South Sefton College is making friends and how supportive all the teachers have been.”