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Published 17th Aug 2011

Alice Fidell and George Walters with their art work at Cleveland College of Art and Design Middlesbrough

Students have been celebrating after receiving outstanding results and the highest grades possible in their qualifications.

Cleveland College of Art and Design students Alice Fidel and George Walters have achieved the top rated triple distinction for their work.

Both students studied the Level 3 BTEC national diploma in fine art and graphic design.

Achieving the three distinctions (DDD) across their course work is the equivalent to three A Levels at grade A.

Adding to their celebrations is the extra achievement of top grades in their A Level photography qualification which was taken alongside their BTEC studies.

Alice, 17, of Hartlepool, achieved an A* and said: “I am over the moon with my results. I couldn’t have asked for anything better; it’s excellent.

“I am so pleased because it has helped to get me to university which is all I ever wanted.”

Alice has been studying fine art at CCAD and knew from an early age this was all she wanted to do.

“I’ve always enjoyed drawing and I can remember when I was little running to show my mum what I had done,” said Alice.

“It’s always stayed with me and it wasn’t long before I realised it was something important in my life; I knew if I went to art college that I could become really absorbed in it.

“I am so glad that I did because it really has taken over my life decisions and I now want to take this as far as it can go.”

Alice is inspired by what she sees as the liberation of the mind. She likes nothing better than being able to release the paint onto giant size canvases to represent this thought process.

Alice said: “Being at this college has taught me so much; I thought I knew about art until I came here.

“The teachers are the best I have ever been taught by and they have completely opened my mind to art.

“My dream is to be a professional artist and earn a living from what I love the most and through being here I have learned how to do that.”

Also joining in the celebrations is George, 18, of Redcar, who has been studying graphic design and is now getting ready to go to university to study for a BA in creative advertising.

George said: “I was so pleased with my results and couldn’t wait to go and celebrate.

“I thought I was going to get two merits and one distinction so to get three distinctions is fantastic.

“These results are down to hard work and good tutors and I am really thrilled with the outcome.”

College Principal Martin Raby added: “I am delighted for our students. For the third year in succession more than half of them have achieved the equivalent of three A grades at A Level.

“In fact one in six students, such as Alice and George, have in addition achieved A or A* grades at A Level giving them the equivalent of four As or better. “

“Our students make outstanding progress with us as demonstrated by our position in the top one per cent of schools and colleges for value added at this level for the last three years.

“With grades like these it is easy to see why nine out of 10 of our students go on to study in higher education.”

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Photo: Alice Fidell and George Walters with their art work at Cleveland College of Art and Design Middlesbrough





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