STUDENTS at Richmond Sixth Form College are set to pursue their talents and interests at leading universities with others successfully securing employment through apprenticeship schemes.

In the face of an incredibly tough and uncertain few months, and with the disappointment of not being able to take their A-level exams, the students have shown great resilience and are forging ahead with their plans for further studies and careers. Students are heading to top Russell Group universities such as Cambridge, Durham, Manchester, Newcastle, Sheffield, and Warwick, to study a diverse range of subjects, including medicine, economics, Arabic, maths, and natural sciences. Students are also embracing the range of non-university options open to them with increasingly attractive apprenticeships, such as Olivia Dickenson and Dan Luck who are starting roles in marketing and civil engineering.

There are many individual success stories of students achieving a crop of top grades including Alana Hodgson, headgirl, who attained two A*s and two A grades to study medicine at Sheffield University.

Alana is one of four students pursuing a career as a doctor with Eve Sunter, Harry Wilson and Isaac Tallentire also achieving tremendous results to study medicine.

Two students have attained outstanding grades to secure their places at Cambridge. Joel Nesbit, with two A*s and two As, will study classics and Amy Brannigan, with two A*s and an A, will read Asian and Middle Eastern studies.

James Newton, 18, attained A*s in maths, further maths and physics and an A in economics and will be reading physics at Lancaster.

Joe Weaver, with A*s in maths and computer science and two distinction stars in performing arts, is going to Leeds to study maths and music.

Talented performers Izzy Walton, Eve Walker and Eva Midgley are celebrating, with Izzy and Eve going to Dance City to study for a BA (Hons) in Professional Dance, and Eva heading to the Northern Ballet School to take up her place for a level-6 Diploma in Dance.