Record number of Seevic students head to top universities
Wednesday, 17 February 2016
The number of high performing Seevic College students being accepted to study at the country’s top universities has doubled in just one year, newly released figures reveal.
Data compiled by UCAS shows that an impressive 51 students enrolled at ‘high tariff’ universities in 2015 – more than double the previous year’s figure.
In total 394 students from the College, located in Runnymede Chase, Benfleet, progressed to universities across the country.
Destination universities included University of Exeter, University of Warwick, King’s College London, University of Birmingham and University of East Anglia – all ranked within the Guardian’s top 25 British universities 2016.
The increase follows the College introducing a specialist Tutorial pathway for high achieving students in 2014.
"This is only the beginning" Nick Spenceley
The pathway offers students additional support with their applications for selective university courses, including: mentoring from Tutors who are Oxford and Cambridge graduates, access to workshops and summer schools at leading universities and specialist support events for parents.
Principal Nick Spenceley said: “The increase reflects the record number of high grades that students achieved in summer 2015, combined with the work of the Head of Sixth Form Sarah Chamberlain since her appointment in 2014. It’s pleasing that our specialised pathway for the research universities has had such a dramatic impact already, although this is only the beginning. I expect to see more and more of our students being accepted to study at the best universities in the country in the years ahead.”
A-Level students Isabella Atkins and Georgia Holdaway were part of the specialist high achieving tutorial pathway at the College before heading to top-rated universities last summer.
Isabella, who previously attended The Appleton School in Benfleet, achieved Grade A* in Graphic Design, Grade A in English and Grade B in Drama & Theatre Studies. She accepted a place to study Drama and English Literature at University of Birmingham.
She said: “Looking back on college, my favourite memory was discovering a love for a new subject – Drama. I also had some unforgettable Tutors across the two years who really helped me out.”
Georgia, who previously attended Cornelius Vermuyden School on Canvey Island, achieved Grade A in Geography, Grade A in Geology and Grade B in English Language. She accepted a place to study Geography at University of Exeter.
She said: “My Tutors at the College really pushed me to succeed. I’ve found that you get back everything that you put in to your studies and more.”
The College has received a high number of applications from young people for courses starting in September 2016.
To find out more about courses starting in September 2016 ring 01268 882 666 or email firstname.lastname@example.org