Another year of excellent A-level and BTEC results for North Bristol Post 16 Centre

August 24 2017

Students from the North Bristol Post 16 Centre celebrated a 99 per cent pass rate for their A-levels and BTEC exams.

Students from the North Bristol Post 16 Centre celebrated a 99 per cent pass rate for their A-levels and BTEC exams.

Staff at the sixth form, where pupils are taught at both Cotham and Redland Green learning communities, were delighted and offered “congratulations to all our students on another set of outstanding results.”

Marian Curran, director of the North Bristol Post 16 Centre, commented: “Our students have achieved exceptionally well in a reformed A-level landscape.  We have enjoyed scenes of elation and happiness as students received their results. We are very pleased to see the percentage of students achieving the highest grades has increased this year and is above the national average;  we are especially pleased with our 99 per cent pass rate.   

“We are particularly proud of our students who have overcome personal adversity to achieve great success. Their hard work, commitment and determination has paid off and the vast majority of students have gained places at their first choice university.

"I am proud and humbled by our students’ achievements and also delighted for their parents who’ve supported them throughout their Post 16 journey and staff at the centre who have worked tirelessly to make these achievements a reality.  I would like to thank all the students, parents and teachers at both learning communities for their hard work and dedication over the past two years. We support a very broad range of students, including those with modest starting points, making these outcomes all the more  impressive.”

In over 26 subjects there was a 100 per cent pass rate, with 42 students achieving A*-As in three or more of their A-levels. Five students will be taking up offers of places at Oxford and Cambridge and six students, some of whom are from partner schools, will begin courses in medicine, dentistry and veterinary  science.

 A large proportion of students have successfully secured Russell Group university places and the school has been particularly pleased this year with the number of students who have secured places on competitive vocational degree courses such as midwifery, as well  as higher-level apprenticeships. 

Students were also highly successful in their BTEC courses; over three quarters of grades equivalent to C or above at A-level. 


Marian Curran added: “These results demonstrate that the centre is continuously providing high quality education, especially in a reformed A-level and BTEC landscape to all students in the wider Bristol area and more importantly that students feel challenged and supported to achieve their very best. We are particularly pleased that students from partner schools (Fairfield, Henbury, Orchard School and Oasis Brightstowe) have done so well this year.”

In further maths, mathematics, chemistry, classic civilisation, ancient history, English Literature, English, fine art, French, German and Spanish results were outstanding with over 65 per cent of students gaining A*-B grades. 

Mathematics and science represent half of all entries. The results in these subjects were a real strength of the centre, reflecting the specialisms of the two schools.  

 Sarah Baker, headteacher of Redland Green School, said: “It is excellent to see how our students thrive in our Post 16 partnership. It clearly offers excellent teaching and provides a wider choice and greater flexibility of courses than would be possible if we delivered on our own.”

Jo Butler, headteacher of Cotham School,  said: “Working together means staff share resources and expertise. Every student can experience great teaching here. This is leading to consistently strong outcomes and constantly improving standards for the Centre's students.

North Bristol Post 16 Centre will have over 850 students next year, at the comprehensive sixth form. Students attending Cotham, Fairfield, Henbury, Orchard School and Redland Green are guaranteed places however, applications from the wider Bristol area are welcome.

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