A-Levels September 2021
After a challenging 18 months, many students have seen their hard work pay off with record grades for both GCSE and A level students. Grades were awarded this year to students by their teachers, rather than through exams, which were cancelled for a second year because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Students at V6, the co-educational post-16 provision at Colston’s Girls’ School (CGS), to be renamed Montpelier High School from September, are celebrating another outstanding set of A-level and BTEC results. V6 is a collaborative venture between CGS and Fairfield High School.
Nineteen per cent of all A-level grades at V6 this year are A*, 41% A*-A and 66% A*-B, with the average A-level grade a B+.
Among a wide range of courses that V6 graduates will study from September are Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Science, Optometry, Paramedic Science, Pharmacy, Radiotherapy and Oncology; as well as Computer Science, Cosmetic Science, Aeronautics with Astronautics and Spacecraft Engineering, English, Journalism and International Relations.
University destinations include King's College, University College London and Queen Mary; Edinburgh, Durham, Cardiff and UEA East Anglia. Many students have chosen to study at the University of Bristol, the co-sponsor of Venturers Trust, having taken up the excellent Bristol Scholars offer.
Students were given the choice of receiving their results by email or collecting them in person at CGS today. Most arrived in school this morning where there was a jubilant atmosphere as students celebrated their results with classmates and teachers.
Exceptional individual achievements include four A*s for Natalie Williams who will read Law at University College London; Tess Cramer who will read Marine Biology at the University of Plymouth; and Maman Naeem who will join her sister, also a V6 alumna to read Medicine at the University of Bristol.
Maman said: “The last eighteen months have been really hard, especially applying for a course like Medicine during a pandemic, but the teachers at V6 have always been here for me and they couldn’t have done more.”
Megan Walker achieved three A*s and an A in EPQ (Extended Project Qualification) and will now study Veterinary Science at the University of Edinburgh. In addition, Tulin Carter achieved three A*s and a B and will read Film and German at the University of Bristol, with a year in Germany.
All with three A*s are Esme Brand (reading Geology at Durham University), Rhona Gardner (reading Linguistics at Lancaster University), Amara Willis (reading Chemistry at Durham University) and Ines Touaitia (reading Medicine at the University of Liverpool).
Head of Sixth Form, Caroline McClean, said: “We are so proud of the exceptional results and progress that students have made this year, particularly in the extremely challenging Covid context. The superb support received from staff, parents, the wider school community and our sponsors, the Society of Merchants Venturers and the University of Bristol, has helped students to achieve not only outstanding outcomes, but also fantastic destinations which will enable them to achieve highly, whatever their chosen career goals.”
Principal Kerry McCullagh said: “This has been an unprecedented year for this cohort of students who have experienced real turbulence over their two-year period of study. These excellent results reflect their perseverance and resilience, as well as their academic resolve. All students this year have met the standards of the grades they have been awarded. Teacher Assessed Grades vigorously tested students and the benchmarks are absolutely the same as in external examination years.”
Badminton girls gained places on courses at a range of top universities including Oxford, Cambridge, Imperial College London and the University of Warwick, as well as other renowned establishments such as The Courtauld Institute of Art and the London Film Academy. Seven students will be going on to take up places to study Medicine.
Mrs Tear, Headmistress, said: “This is another extraordinary year for A Level results and indeed educational outcomes worldwide. The students collecting their results today have had to work, often remotely, with uncertainty about the assessment system they are preparing for; their resilience and willingness to continue to strive for excellence despite the lack of certainty has been inspiring. This cohort’s ability to operate as motivated, self-directed learners enabled them to sustain their progress throughout their A Levels, regardless of the disruptions caused by Covid, and will stand them in good stead as they continue their studies. I applaud each and every one of the Upper Sixth and thank the whole community here at Badminton for enabling and inspiring these academic journeys.”
Bristol Grammar School
It was a successful year for the Upper Sixth class at BGS who had an outstanding set of A-level and Pre-U results. An unprecedented number of this year’s Upper Sixth have secured their first choice university places, including all twelve of those who were holding Oxbridge offers securing their places.
Headmaster Jaideep Barot says: “These brilliant students have lived through such difficult times over the last eighteen months, and they have been put through a totally different assessment system to that which they have been working towards throughout their school lives. While none of them is defined by letters on a piece of paper, we know how important these grades are for them – and for their families and teachers. They have done all that was asked of them, and risen magnificently to the myriad challenges that they have faced.
“To the students: We are immensely proud of what you have accomplished – you have been exceptional, as have your teachers.”
Head of College Dr Tim Greene said, “We are extremely proud of our Upper Sixth pupils for navigating another challenging year with integrity and spirit. Congratulations to you all and we look forward to hearing about your next adventures.”
The Quad was met with well-timed glorious sunshine as pupils and parents arrived to meet their teachers, enjoy a selection of refreshments and celebrate their achievements together. Staff were delighted to see so many happy smiling faces.
Clifton High School
Clifton High School, students, parents, staff and governors celebrate the outstanding success of this year’s A level results.
Head of School, Matthew Bennett, said: “Most of all, we celebrate the resilience and determination of our students. Their ability to cope with every challenge thrown at them speaks volumes for their strength of character and they are true ambassadors of everything our School stands for. These are the outcomes that will serve them the most in life. We are extremely proud of them all.”
Despite these challenges, at the end of two years of study, 97% of students received a grade of A*- C across all subjects, with nearly a quarter at A*. With 90% of all grades A*-B and with a 100% pass rate, the School congratulates this year’s leavers on their extraordinary achievements.
The success of the students has ensured that a majority of them have gained their first choice places at the country’s top universities.
Colston’s Upper Sixth
Pupils, staff and parents are celebrating following an excellent set of academic and vocational results achieved by Colston’s Upper Sixth.
With this year group experiencing a huge amount of disruption to their sixth form studies, the headline results demonstrate that Colston’s A Level, CTEC and BTEC students have risen to the challenge and once again excelled:
• 50% of A Level grades were awarded at A/A*
• 85% of A Level grades were awarded at A*/B
• 96% of CTEC and BTEC grades were awarded at Starred Distinction / Distinction (the equivalent of A*/A)
Colston’s Headmaster, Mr Jeremy McCullough, said: “Everyone recognises that this examination cycle has been hugely disrupted by the ravages of Covid-19. However, the students and teachers of Colston’s have responded magnificently to every challenge they have faced and we were delighted that, unlike last year, our hard-working examination candidates have had the opportunity to formally demonstrate just how much they have learned during these past two years.
“Through a series of rigorous and stretching assessments, and by examination of portfolios where appropriate, our students have managed to achieve excellent outcomes that will see the vast majority, almost 90% of them, secure their first-choice university courses.
“We do not believe this cohort have missed out academically, but we do believe they will have picked up a great many other personal qualities, such as resilience and determination, that will stand them in good stead for the future.”
North Bristol Post 16 Centre
It was a day of celebration at North Bristol Post 16 Centre, a collaboration between Cotham and Redland Green Schools, where students achieved an outstanding set of results.
The sixth form praised the incredible amount of hard work invested by both students and staff to overcome the challenges of the past 18 months. The large majority of university applicants have secured their chosen courses, and there has been strong success with students securing higher apprenticeships and progression pathways in the arts.
Assistant Headteachers Aimi Potter (Cotham School) and Owen Tiplady (Redland Green School) say: “We could not be more proud of the resilience and maturity our Year 13 students have demonstrated ever since they were notified of the cancellation of exams. The past 18 months have been incredibly tough for us all, but this age group really has been hit the hardest.
“Our students have maintained a positive outlook and shown both patience and ambition as we have navigated changes to the awarding of examination results and the impact of school closure and close-contact isolation.
“It has been an incredible boost to be able to invite our students onsite today to collect and celebrate a set of results which they have worked so incredibly hard to achieve. We have been happy to share in their successes and excitement for the future in the many conversations that have already taken place.
“For more than ten years, our schools have been working together, as the North Bristol Post 16 Centre, to make sure that every student has the opportunity, support and skill set they need to reach (and extend far beyond) their goals.”
Redmaids' High School
A-level students at Redmaids’ High in Bristol were delighted to receive an outstanding set of results, marking an important milestone in their education, and recognising their hard work, commitment and progress during a period of unprecedented disruption.
Future pathways for the group are highly varied, reflecting the diverse range of passions and interests they hold. Students will be starting degrees in everything from Politics, Social Policy and Law and Criminology, to Film Studies, Art and Fashion.
Destinations include Oxford, Cambridge, Edinburgh, Durham, King's College London and Bristol School of Art.
The school also sees a strong proportion going on to study STEM courses in higher education, including Medicine, Optometry, Engineering and Maths.
Several students will be moving on to apprenticeships in Business, Engineering and Finance. Rachel Elliott, who joined the school at Sixth Form, is going on to do an apprenticeship in Business Administration at EDF Energy, starting this September. She credited the school with giving her the skills to get through the interview process.
“Redmaids’ High definitely helped me gain confidence in all areas,” said Rachel, “which made me feel able to go for the apprenticeship at EDF and be comfortable during the lengthy interview process.”
Head of Redmaids’ High School Paul Dwyer said: “Despite the pandemic making it an unusual two years for students, the girls here have shown tremendous resilience and sense of community throughout their time in the Sixth Form. We are extremely proud of their achievements and were grateful to be able to celebrate with them today. We know they will all go on to make great waves in the world around them and are excited to see what the future holds for them.”
The College was awarded 67 A*/As with 12 learners achieving a clean sweep across the board. 51% of their students secured a high grade (A*/A/B) and 77% (A*-C).
There are highlights across all 23 subjects including: 100% A*-B for Geography and Further Maths, 92% and 81% A*-C for English Literature and Language, 80% A*-C and above for Economics, Physical Education, Sociology, Philosophy, Religion & Ethics, Politics and Film.
Head of SGS Academic Studies, Mark Anthony Jones said: "As a college, we could not be prouder of our students, but of course, this could not happen without the remarkable support from staff. 99% of all completing learners were awarded a grade A*-E, which is a testament to their hard work, resilience and dedication. Many of our students will now be progressing to higher education with several securing places at the UK’s most prestigious universities. Well done all!"
Sharmin Seco, aged 19 from Horfield is celebrating today after receiving her results. Sharmin, originally from Mozambique, finished year 11 in India and furthered her studies by undertaking GCSEs in English and Maths at SGS before commencing her two-year A-Level programme.
She gained an A in Accounting, an A* in Business, an A in Economics and an A in her EPQ. Sharmin dreams of owning her own big business one day and based on today's results has secured her place at the University of Bath to study Business.
Sharmin said: “I am very happy to achieve my dream of studying at the University of Bath and this couldn’t be possible without the support I received from my teachers at SGS College. They have been absolutely exceptional and brilliant and even more during Covid times. SGS will always be a part of me, and I cannot wait to start my next chapter.”
Another student celebrating is Corey Gibbons after receiving an A* in Maths, an A* in Physics, an A* in Physical Education and an A in AS Further Maths.
Bristol Cathedral Choir School
Seventy per cent of A-level grades were A*-B and 10 students won places at Oxbridge.
St Katherine’s School
Seventy FIVE per cent of A-level grades were A*-B and two students were successful in getting to Oxbridge.
Headteacher Justin Humphreys said: “Among all the noise, another great set of outcomes for the students of St Katherine’s, securing many of the highest grades across both our academic and vocational pathways. Great progress has been made by the students with so many individual success stories. Students deserve this personal success, reflecting their dedication. Teachers are rightly proud of the achievements within their classes.
“The results that students have received are an honest reflection of the commitment and dedication that our young people have shown over the last two years, resulting in 95% of students securing their first choice future pathway. Students are successfully progressing onto many Russell Group Universities, apprenticeships and employment opportunities and we wish all of our students continued success."