Family first for College student off to university

A City of Liverpool College student has become the first person in her family to get into university after receiving outstanding A-level results.

Elle Donnelly, 19, achieved two A*s in Creative Writing and the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) and an A in English Literature, earning her a place at Exeter University to study English.

Elle, who spent three years studying to get the grades she needed, said: “I'm going to my firm choice, Exeter University, which is an absolute dream come true.

"So much hard work has gone into getting these results - endless studying, extra lessons, everything. Teaching staff at the College have been so supportive with it all, they've been really great."

She added: "My mum came with me, she always does on results day and she actually burst out crying! Everyone's just so proud because I'm the first one in my family to go to university properly, so it's a really big deal."

The College is celebrating some incredible results this year, with 100% pass rate in 17 out of 18 subjects. It also improved on the national trend - a 99.6% pass rate overall compared with 97.6% across the country.

Elaine Bowker, principal of The City of Liverpool College, said: “We’re so proud of this year’s A-level students for working incredibly hard and achieving the results they deserve.

“As the largest college in the city, we are determined to play our part in providing a vibrant learning environment, that allows us to nurture and develop the skills this fantastic city needs to continue to grow and be competitive on a global stage.

“Connecting businesses with the talent that comes through our doors is one of our top priorities and I can’t wait to see what the future holds for our students.”


Photo: Courtney Greaves-Williams, Joseph Richmond, Elle Donnelly, Andrew Jackson and Emma Cleary celebrate their amazing A-level grades


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