In spite of a national fall in pass rates students at Milton Keynes College have recorded the best results in the institution’s history.
While the proportion of students across the country achieving A*-E grades has dropped fractionally the college saw a rise of two percent overall.
More than 94 per cent of students passed their exams and there was 100 per cent pass rate in nine different subjects.
Principal, Dr Julie Mills, said, “Massive congratulations to our students collecting their results today.
“It’s always wonderful to see people taking a great leap forward towards their chosen careers but it’s not just about the piece of paper showing their grades it’s about all the life skills they’ve learnt here.
“I am so proud of all the staff and students.
“We work with people to discover what they’re passionate about, how they enjoy learning and then tailor their course or programme to really help them become the best they can be.”
Among the celebrating students are many who see their exam success as vindication of their decision to study at college after mixed experiences at school.
A delighted Lisa Whenman, 18, said: “MK College was my first choice to study A Levels after leaving school and the right choice.
“The staff have been so supportive. I am off to study at Roehampton University in September, and I’ll be out celebrating with my family tonight.”
18-year-old Karensa Hyam said: “I chose to come to college because I wanted a more independent, freer environment than school.
“Here they take into consideration not just your grades, but your personality too.
“I’m off to Central Lancashire University in September and I can’t wait.”
Lucy Moid, 18, said: “I was quite ill when I started my A Levels at school and had to re-sit them so decided to come to college and I’m really glad that I did.
“It’s so different and I’ve really enjoyed it.
“School put a lot of pressure on me which I didn’t feel under here and now I’m off to study Psychology at Loughborough or Nottingham Trent University.”