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+.
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.
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).
Bristol Free School
BFS is celebrating the hard work of Year 13 students as they receive their A level results. 51% of BFS Students will be studying at one of the Russell Group Universities, which is very high for a state school. Students will go on to read a diverse range of courses from medicine, law, cyber security, politics, finance, mental health nursing, music and applied and pure sciences . BFS also has students who have opted not to accept university places and venture into higher level apprenticeships programmes in transport planning and technology development.
24 students did remarkably well, securing A*’s and A grades in all their subjects. Five of these students achieved all A* Esme H, Poppy G, Abby F, James HG and Molly B. Progress across the entire cohort was also exceptional.
BTEC Applied Science achieved remarkably high results including Jacob C and Saber R winning the Pearson Science National Awards, showing the breadth and depth of courses BFS has to offer.
Headteacher Mrs King said: “I am delighted and proud of the resilience and hard work of our amazing Year 13 cohort. They have been such a diverse and unique group of students who have all achieved great things during a challenging 18 months.”
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.
Rebecca Tear, Headmistress, said: “This is another extraordinary year for A Level results and indeed educational outcomes worldwide. 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.”
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.”
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 at A/A*
• 85% of A Level grades were awarded at A*/B
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• 96% of CTEC and BTEC grades were at Starred Distinction / Distinction (the equivalent of A*/A)
Colston’s Headmaster, Mr Jeremy McCullough, said: “The students and teachers of Colston’s have responded magnificently to every challenge they have faced.”
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 outstanding 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 Lit and Lang, 80% A*-C and above for Economics, Physical Education, Sociology, Philosophy, Religion & Ethics, Politics and Film.
Sharmin Seco, aged 19 from Horfield is celebrating 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.
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: ““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."