Tech academy tops the league table

February 23 2018

BRISTOL Technology and Engineering Academy is officially the best state school in the former Avon area for 16 to18-year-olds, according to the latest government statistics.

BRISTOL Technology and Engineering Academy is officially the best state school in the former Avon area for 16 to18-year-olds, according to the latest government statistics.

The academy in Stoke Gifford, which takes in teenagers from across the area, saw 44 per cent of its students score AAB or higher in at least two of the so-called facilitating subjects in their A-levels last summer.

BTE Academy has also achieved an outstanding Progress score in the latest tables from the Department for Education.

BTE Academy achieved a score of 0.28 in the 16 to 18 age bracket – higher than any other state school across Bristol, South Gloucestershire, North Somerset and Bath & North East Somerset.

BTE Academy is one of the country’s few University Technical Colleges (UTCs), which focus on the STEM subjects – science, technology, engineering and mathematics. UTCs are sponsored by a university and by local employers who provide work experience and relevant projects for their 14-to-19-year-old intake. 

 Principal Rhian Priest said: “This is only our third year of results and our first for students who have spent four years with us, so I am incredibly proud.

“Part of the reason for our success is down to the specialist nature of our academy. We only offer A-levels in maths and science subjects, along with diplomas in engineering, computing and applied science. These are the disciplines which are more than ever in demand from employers, and which will increasingly come to shape the UK’s skills-driven, technology-based economy in the years to come.

“Last summer well over half of our sixth form students achieved either an A* or an A in maths or further maths and every student progressed on to their first-choice university or apprenticeship.

“We also had a positive set of GCSE results with students making on average two grades’ progress per subject over the two-year period in which they are with us. This amazing achievement is down to the hard work and commitment shown by our students and staff.”

Bristol Technology and Engineering Academy is holding an open evening from 6.30-8.30pm on Thursday March 15 and is accepting applications for Year 10 and Year 12 for September 2018.

If you would like to book a place and meet its staff, students and sponsor employers in person, then please call 0117 983 8080, register on the website at www.bteacademy.co.uk or email admissions@bteaacademy.co.uk