A-levels put teens on right path

August 23 2021

STUDENTS from across the Kingswood area are celebrating success at A-level and vocational qualifications in the wake of two years of disrupted education.

These GCSE students from John Cabot Academy look happy with their results after a tough couple of years.

The Cabot Learning Federation Post 16 reports some outstanding achievements by its students in their A level and vocational qualifications this summer.

Highlights include the performance of Freya Longden, who achieved excellent grades in four subjects and will now go onto study Marine Biology with Coastal Ecology in Plymouth, a lifelong ambition of hers since she was seven years old. Ted Parry achieved A grades in Chemistry and Maths and A* in Biology and will go onto study Medicine at Bristol University. Jack Angell achieved A * grades in Maths, Further Maths and Physics, and an A grade in Music and will study Maths at Bristol University. Summer Sealey achieved BTEC triple Distinction* grades in Health and Social Care and will study Paramedic Science at Gloucester University. Emily Shepperd achieved three Distinction* grades in Applied Human Biology, Applied Psychology and Health and Social Care and will study Adult Nursing at Plymouth University. Rianne Farquharson achieved Distinction* in Applied Science, A* in Criminology, and A Sociology and will now go onto study Law with Criminology in Bristol. 

Kath Cooper, CLF Post 16 Principal, said: “We are immensely proud of all the work and achievements of our students, especially after such a difficult and disrupted year. Our teachers have worked tirelessly to ensure students are all able to progress onto further education and positive employment, and we look forward to seeing what they will achieve in the future.”

Success! Students at John Cabot Academy were thrilled to receive their GCSE results after a challenging two years during the pandemic

Digitech Studio School in partnership with Boomsatsuma saw excellent results  from students in their Post 16 Extended Specialist Diplomas.

Over 50 students achieved the highest possible grades in Media, Game Design, Acting and Dance.  Many students are now moving on to  courses and apprenticeships in these specialist areas. 

 Lis Jolley, the school’s principal, said: “We are immensely proud of all of our students who now move on to the next part of their journey towards higher education, apprenticeships or employment. It has been a difficult and disrupted two years for these students, but teachers and students worked tirelessly to ensure that courses were completed in their entirety so that students are well prepared for their next steps. We look forward to seeing what they will achieve in the future.” 

St Brendan’s Sixth Form College saw 479 students (60%) progressing to university, the highest number of students to do so in the last four years. 26% of students are progressing directly on to employment or an apprenticeship.

Of those going to university, 121 (15%) have secured places at a Russell Group University. These are a competitive group of 24 world-class, research-intensive universities. 

Students have also secured a diverse range of top apprenticeships with leading employers, including EY, Co-op Legal Services and the NHS.

The college's Aspire Programme, aimed at helping high achieving students,  saw 80% progressing on to university. 

Principal Marian Curran said, "Once again, we have seen an increase in the number of students successfully securing courses at universities across the country. This year over 60% of our leavers are progressing into higher education to continue their education. We know that that they will be an inspiration to our new cohort of students in terms of being ambitious and aiming high. To see two thirds of our leavers choose university is recognition of this ambition. We love staying in touch with our alumni and can’t wait to follow their careers and accomplishments."

St Brendan’s students celebrate: Quinn (off to Plymouth University), Josh (Aberystwyth University), Sam (University of East Anglia), Scarlett (Exeter University), Phillip (York University)

SGS College Sixth Form learners are celebrating some outstanding performances.

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.