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    Enrolled into college with average-ish a level results (A*-C 70%) and turned down the school's sixth form with much better results (A*-A 51%). Have I made a mistake? The college is huge, has great facilities and just looks nice overall except for the results which worries me quite a bit.
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    Happiness is also important.

    Okay, those percentages are somewhat indicative of teaching standards but at A-level a lot of it is down to you and it may well be the case that the people who went to that school were high achievers anyway.


    Also, wouldn't be surprised if the A*A one had higher results compared to the A*A percentage of the one you quoted for A*-C, if that makes sense... would be interesting to see the same figures. But don't worry about it too much. This is coming from someone who went to a school with a very low percentage of students who get A*s... maybe even A's (they don't really publish the figures, presumably because they're low) but still did okay.
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    I chose to go to a lower performing college rather than the higher performing sixth form. I'm now going into my second year and don't regret it one bit. I prefer the atmosphere and the informality, it's made it such a nice place to learn.
    I was also concerned about results but I got AABB last year and am hoping to get A*A*A this year. In my opinion, you get out what you put in.
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    Happiness is also important.

    Okay, those percentages are somewhat indicative of teaching standards but at A-level a lot of it is down to you and it may well be the case that the people who went to that school were high achievers anyway.


    Also, wouldn't be surprised if the A*A one had higher results compared to the A*A percentage of the one you quoted for A*-C, if that makes sense... would be interesting to see the same figures. But don't worry about it too much. This is coming from someone who went to a school with a very low percentage of students who get A*s... maybe even A's (they don't really publish the figures, presumably because they're low) but still did okay.
    Thanks for reply. Well I haven't really TURNED down the offer just said I will think about it. Do you thinks it's worth to switch the sixth forms? The school's sixth form also have small classes but what was bothering me was that the sixth form's facilities were quite small and most students there are from the school, so I would be kinda left out.

    I really want the best grades, as I'm sure we all do, but the key factor for me is the level of teaching which brings the doubt in my head.
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    I chose to go to a lower performing college rather than the higher performing sixth form. I'm now going into my second year and don't regret it one bit. I prefer the atmosphere and the informality, it's made it such a nice place to learn.
    I was also concerned about results but I got AABB last year and am hoping to get A*A*A this year. In my opinion, you get out what you put in.
    Hope you get what you wish for . Would you say the teaching plays the major role on how you get on with a-levels? If it turns out that the teachers at college are mediocre at best, would this hurt my grades?
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    Thanks for reply. Well I haven't really TURNED down the offer just said I will think about it. Do you thinks it's worth to switch the sixth forms? The school's sixth form also have small classes but what was bothering me was that the sixth form's facilities were quite small and most students there are from the school, so I would be kinda left out.

    I really want the best grades, as I'm sure we all do, but the key factor for me is the level of teaching which brings the doubt in my head.
    Up to you, in your situation and with your preferences I would probably go to the sixth form. Okay, the facilities may be small but how much do you really need them / will you spend time in them?

    My 6th form was also quite small and mostly people from the school below, but the external people got on fine because the class sizes were very small and they made the effort to interact. I guess it also depends on the individuals themselves though, so it's difficult to say whether you will feel left out in your classes.
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    Hope you get what you wish for . Would you say the teaching plays the major role on how you get on with a-levels? If it turns out that the teachers at college are mediocre at best, would this hurt my grades?
    One of my teachers didn't teach us a whole topic for the lesson as they said it wouldn't appear in the exam yet both the question choices that came up were somewhat to do with it however I still managed to get a B using my own knowledge ect.
    Obviously an amazing teacher is helpful and good but it is completely possible to do well with just a mediocre one. Make the most of them and they can still be lots of help.
 
 
 
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