Top universities await exceptional Farnham College students

10 August, 2021

Top UK universities, including Sheffield, Surrey, Portsmouth and Edinburgh are the destinations of choice for some of the outstanding students at Farnham College who received their A Level results today. 

The University of Surrey beckons for the college’s top performer, Christopher Wagstaff, who achieved exceptional results in his A Level exams. Christopher, 18, from Bordon will be studying a five-year Integrated Masters degree in Biomedical Science after gaining A*A*A*A* in Maths, Physics, Chemistry and Biology. 

Top performing student, Christopher Wagstaff, celebrates his outstanding achievement

Speaking about his fantastic achievement today, Christopher said: “I have worked so hard for these results. I used lockdown to really focus on my studies and all my dedication has really paid off. I’m very proud and I’m looking forward to starting the next chapter of my life.” 

Overall, Farnham College celebrated another year of outstanding results, achieving an overall pass rate of 97.5%.  

High A*-B grades were achieved by 65% of students who have studied at Farnham for the past two years. With a 100% pass rate in 12 subject areas, students at Farnham College have given themselves the best chance of progressing to university or launching their intended career. 

Student Vincent Mendy with his proud mother and sister

University also awaits Becca Bareham and Vincent Mendy, who both secured places at their first-choice universities.

Becca, 18, achieved A*A*A* in Sociology. History and Maths, and will be studying Government, Policy and Society at the University of Edinburgh with the ambition of a career in the Civil Service.  

Vincent, also 18, achieved AA in Maths and Physics as well as a Distinction* in Game Development and will be moving on to the University of Sheffield to study Electronic and Computer Engineering.

High achieving student, Becca Bareham, is off to The University of Edinburgh

After opening her results, Becca said: “I am so pleased with my results, as this means I get to go to my first-choice university. I’m so relieved and overwhelmed by my achievement. We all worked so hard despite the difficult circumstances of the past 18 months and the college really couldn’t have done more to support us during this time.”

Neil Brookes, Head of Farnham College, said: “”I am delighted that once again, in an exceptional year, our students have shone.

“A fantastic number of students leave us with high grades and embark on the next stage of their journey – we are excited to follow their progress into university and beyond.” 

James Jagger, Deputy Head at Farnham College, said: “I’m exceptionally proud of the achievements of the students at Farnham College.  

“It is testament to their hard work, perseverance, and diligence in what has been an unprecedented year. Congratulations to them all and wishing them all the very best in their next steps, whether at university, in an apprenticeship or in employment.” 

Sally Dicketts CBE, Chief Executive of Activate Learning, said: “Congratulations to all students who received their A Level and level 3 qualifications today.   

“It has been a difficult 18 months for all of you who have studied under COVID conditions.  But for those of you who have stuck with it and worked hard in a focused planned manner, you will now receive some great results to enable you to move onto the next stage of your life. This could be employment or further study.   

“I wish you all the very best of luck for your future endeavours and if you are unsure of your next steps please do not hesitate to contact us at Activate Learning as we would be delighted to help you further.”