A-level students' attitude and effort praised after 'outstanding' results in Yate and Chipping Sodbury

August 11 2021
A-level students' attitude and effort praised after 'outstanding' results in Yate and Chipping Sodbury

A-LEVEL students in Yate and Chipping Sodbury have been praised for their, effort, attitude and "aspiration to excel" after this year's results were revealed.

The coronavirus pandemic disrupted both years of study for A-level and BTEC students at Cotswold Edge Sixth Form, a consortium of Brimsham Green School, Chipping Sodbury School and Yate Academy.

After home learning during three national lockdowns, periods of self-isolation for some pupils, and safety restrictions in school, school leaders have praised them for their "effort and positive attitude".

Brimsham Green School head teacher Kim Garland said: “Students’ results are testament to their aspiration to excel.”

Amongst the high achievers off to Bristol University are Alicia Scott (Distinction*, A*, and three A grades) who will study international management, Ellie Griffin (2A*, A) who has a place to study veterinary science, and George Jones (3A*) who will study geography.

Josh Holloway and Jack Barry both gained three A*s and are off to study chemistry at Oxford and English at Exeter respectively, while Ben Roberts (3A*) has a place at Cambridge to study chemical engineering.

Nicole Freeman (2A*, 2A) will go to York University to study psychology, and for the first time a student has gained a place at the University for the Creative Arts in Canterbury: Ben Moore (3A*, A) will study graphic design.

At Yate Academy, associate head teacher Natalie Wilcox said: “Students from Cotswold Edge are progressing onto their first choice destinations because of the outstanding results they have achieved."

Among the notable results were Ethan Clack, who achieved three A*s in psychology, maths, and physics and will study philosophy at Durham University.

Shelvi and Shimoli Shah

Shimoli Shah achieved 3A* in maths, chemistry and biology and study medicine at Birmingham University, along with her twin sister Shelvi, who achieved A* 2A in the same subjects.

Julia Wojcik and Katie Ball both achieved three distinction*s in their BTEC qualifications. Julia will be studying occupational therapy and Katie has secured an apprenticeship.

Evie Williams will be beginning a dentistry course at Birmingham University in September.

Chipping Sodbury School head teacher Katherine Turner said: “Students have shown such maturity and independence over the last two years to achieve their qualifications, and this will stand them in good stead for their university courses and higher level apprenticeships.

"Their effort and positive attitude to learning really have shone through.

“We must also congratulate the terrific number of students who have been awarded two A* and one A grade – there are so many of them! They have really diverse destinations, which shows how their individual ambitions have flourished.

"Nicholas Whittles is taking up his place at Oxford to study mathematics; Sam Barker-Lovell will be studying fashion design at the highly-competitive Falmouth University and Kate Dale has been accepted onto a higher level apprenticeship.

"Both Katie Pellow and Tom Peaston are taking the opportunity to travel next year before they study medicine, and mechanical engineering respectively at Southampton.”

Following the cancellation of the usual exams, grades have been awarded through a process of teacher assessment, based on a range of evidence and marked against a national standard.

Work was moderated by schools and academy trusts, and approved by exam boards.

However nationally there have been concerns about the proportion of A-level grades being higher than previously, with 44.8% of results at A* or A, compared to last year when 38.5% achieved top grades.


Chipping Sodbury School A-level students at Cotswold Edge sixth form

Top picture: Brimsham Green Cotswold Edge students George Jones, Nicole Freeman, Esme Littlechild, Sarah Friis, Iona Jardine and Eleanor Lord