2023 leavers reflect on results day, life at Hills and their ambitions for the future.

Last week, the class of 2023 bid farewell to Hills Road after receiving their A level results. We sat down with some of these students to ask them about their time at the College and what plans they have for the future.

Results day 2023
Results day 2023

Excited for their next steps

Each student that we spoke to was excited about their next step. Whether this was going to university, moving to a new city to start an apprenticeship or having plans to visit another country during a gap year, everyone certainly had something to look forward to.

Maria, Rowan, Katherine, Archie, Emily, Bee and Robert, we want to thank each of you for taking the time out of your very special day to chat with us. It was fantastic to hear about your successes and plans. We wish all of you, and the rest of our students, the very best moving forward.

Maria McLoughlin

  • A Level Subjects: Biology, Chemistry, Maths and Further Maths
  • Destination: Medicine at the University of Cambridge

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Rowan Briggs Smith

  • A Level Subjects: Biology, Chemistry, Maths and Art
  • Destination: Art Foundation course at The Prince’s Foundation, London

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Katherine Swarbrick

  • A Level Subjects: Biology, Chemistry, Maths
  • Destination: Medicine at the University of Newcastle

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Archie Hayes

  • A Level Subjects: Biology, Chemistry, Maths
  • Destination: Medicine at the University of Durham

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Emily Dulgarn

  • A Level Subjects: English Literature, Classical Civilisation and History
  • Destination: Gap Year

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Rose Coggins

  • A Level Subjects: Biology, ​English and Maths
  • Destination: Marine Biology t the University of Plymouth

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Bee Philips

  • A Level Subjects: Biology, Chemistry and Business
  • Destination: Apprenticeship with BAM Nuttall, Bristol

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Returning to 'normal' examination

This year’s results day brought a fantastic set of A level results, which were achieved during the first return to a ‘normal’ examination series since 2019. This set of A level exams is the first external exam series that this cohort of students has sat following three years of unprecedented Covid disruption to public examinations.

With gloomy headlines predicting lower grades and poorer outcomes, Hills Road students have done triumphantly well, defying predictions to achieve a fantastic set of grades, with just under half of all grades at A or A*.

These are incredible results and we are delighted for each and every one of our students that their hard work and determination has been rewarded. Today is a day of celebration as students transition from our college to a whole host of exciting future opportunities, including securing their university offers and heading on to great apprenticeship and employment routes too. We wish them all the very best for their future happiness and success and congratulate them for their superb achievements.

Jo Trump, Principal