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Bilborough College celebrates 10-year link with bone marrow donor campaign by signing up 1000th student
Bilborough College has celebrated a 10-year link with a lifesaving bone marrow donor initiative by signing up its 1,000th student to the programme.
Register & Be a Lifesaver sessions were launched at Bilborough College in 2009 and from the 1,095 students who have signed up there have been seven donors.
The most recent was Amy Rogers, 18, of Sherwood, who donated her bone marrow in October 2016 after signing up to the register following an R&Be talk at Bilborough College in 2014. She was also the 50th donor from the R&Be programme.
Student Ethan Buttress became the UK’s youngest bone marrow donor to a non-related recipient at the age of 17 in 2014 after signing up to R&Be at Bilborough College.
Bilborough College students debated the complexities of Brexit with Labour MP Alex Norris and the co-founder of an organisation dedicated to ensuring that young people’s views on the subject are heard.
Mr Norris, MP for Nottingham North, joined Femi Oluwole, from Our Future, Our Choice, for a lively question and answer session about Brexit in the refectory at Bilborough College.
Mr Oluwole said Our Future, Our Choice was campaigning for a second vote on the terms of any deal agreed by Prime Minister Theresa May.
He said: “I always give the Good Friday Agreement in Northern Ireland as an example. A copy of that was sent to every person and they were given the opportunity to vote on it and that is the democratic way forward. Young people need to be involved and we want to know what their opinions are.”
The number of A*-B grades achieved at A-Level by Bilborough College students has risen once again – representing a five per cent increase over the past two years.
A total of 55 per cent of grades were A*-B, a rise of three per cent from last year and up from 50 per cent in 2016.
The pass rate was an impressive 98.2 per cent this year, meaning that the pass rate has now either remained at or exceeded 98 per cent for the past 14 years.
A total of 606 students took A-Levels, including those taking two A-Levels alongside a BTEC Diploma. A total of 502 students took three or more A-Levels and 12 per cent of these gained three or more A and A* grades.
Chris Bradford, Principal at Bilborough College, congratulated students on their results.
He said: “Here at Bilborough we’re delighted that once again so many of our students have performed so well. This has to be one of the most important days of the year for us all – students, parents and staff alike. When everyone has worked so hard – and coped so well with the new reformed A Levels – it’s great to see that effort and dedication rewarded with excellent results. Of course, as well a chance to offer congratulations today is also about confirming students’ next steps. We’re looking forward to celebrating with our students when they come to collect their results and wishing all of them well for their exciting futures. Our staff will be offering expert advice to anyone who might want to change their plans either because they’ve done slightly better than they anticipated or, in a few cases, not quite achieved their target grades.”
Bilborough College staff have spoken of their pride in ex-student Molly Windsor after she scooped the leading actress honour at the BAFTA TV Awards.
Molly won the award for her role in Three Girls, a drama about three victims of the Rochdale sex abuse scandal, beating Hollywood actresses Claire Foy and Thandie Newton.
Collecting the prize from Sherlock star Martin Freeman, Molly, 20, of Breaston, said: “Three Girls was born out of the courage of the real three girls, and the real Holly, Amber and Ruby who told their story over and over and over and told it again to us. I just want to say thank you for recognising how selfless that is and how brave that is.”
New figures show that on average ex-Bilborough College students have once again achieved higher classes of degrees than their counterparts from state, independent schools and other sixth form colleges across the UK.
A total of 87.02 per cent of students from Bilborough College achieved a first or upper second class honours degree at university in the 2016/17 academic year – a rise from last year’s figure of 84.93 per cent.
This year’s figure compares to 78.62 per cent from sixth form colleges, 76.94 per cent from state schools and 85.80 per cent from independent schools across the country.
Students at Bilborough College are taking on the musical, Cabaret, next month. But, this isn’t your typical school musical, it’s been produced, directed, choreographed all by the youngsters themselves! You name it they’ve done it – WITHOUT help from teaching staff. Performances are at 7:30pm on 6th, 7th & 8th December.
Lucas Burgess (18) of Borrowash got three A* grades in Biology, Chemistry and Maths which means he can now study Medicine at the University of Nottingham.
Lucas felt anxious about getting his A level results, he said:
“It was very scary this morning knowing I had my results. Usually I just like to put things off. I wanted to get up, have a shower and have my breakfast but my Mum and Dad really wanted me to look at my results. I wasn’t sure whether I had done enough to get into Nottingham. I needed three A grades so I was still really unsure how it would go until I looked at them.
“Of course when I saw them I was very, very happy. I was shaking; it was more relief than anything. It’s really been on my mind as you spend so much time planning, looking at accommodation and the like but you’re not sure you’ll get what you need to get in.
“I had to go through quite a rigorous process, doing entrance exams and interviews. I also went on work experience. I spent a few days at the Royal Derby Hospital and then a week at the Queen’s Medical Centre.
“I’ve really enjoyed my time at Bilborough, it was the right choice for me and they have been so supportive and given me lots of help with careers advice and helping me get work experience. They have specialist support for people wanting to apply for medicine and I think if that wasn’t there I wouldn’t have known what to do.”
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Millie Wheeldon (18) from Ilkeston got three A* grades in English Literature, French and History. She will now study English at Cambridge.
She said: “I’ve tried not to think about results day so have been just reading lots of books. I was up really early this morning as I heard the email ping through on my phone and saw that I had secured my place. I’m really looking forward to meeting and working with people with similar subject interests and living independently too.”
Jasmin Verso (18) of Wollaton received 4 A* grades in Maths, Biology, Chemistry and Physics and is going on to study Natural Sciences at Cambridge University.
She said: “I’ve always had a natural ability for maths and enjoyed sciences. I really enjoy those subjects and knew what I wanted to do. I wasn’t quite expecting the results I got but obviously I’m really happy with them.
“I didn’t like waiting for my results. I was shaking this morning and thought I’d have to wait but when I picked my phone up my results were already there. I started thinking about going to Cambridge in year 12. The process to get in was quite daunting. I’m really happy to be in to be in and looking forward to going and living independently. I think the degree will help me develop my skills and I’m thinking about possibly going into finance afterwards.”