General Applied courses at SFX are also reporting a record high outcome with more distinction awards than ever before. Almost two thirds of entries have achieved the highest award and this will put those students in an advantageous position to secure some great HE or degree-level training opportunities. One in four 16-18 year olds in the UK now progress to university through the General Applied route and there are fantastic routes emerging up in the fields of science, technology and engineering and other national shortage areas to which SFX students are making a significant contribution.
We are immensely proud of our students’ achievements this year. Despite a tougher challenge, teachers and students have worked smartly and assiduously to achieve these sterling outcomes. Advanced qualifications now require a great deal of self-directed study and enquiry and this can only be successfully developed by thorough training and preparation of students by teachers and by students adopting the right attitude to learning. At SFX we have worked on a set of values that underpin our whole College approach to the acquisition and application of knowledge and practice. It entails addressing vision, practice and effort and adopting a prepared mind-set: this has paid dividends.
I would also like to commend the parents and guardians of our students who have supported them unwaveringly. At SFX our commitment is to prepare ethical leaders of the future and the “Class of 2018” are in pole position to achieve that goal.