Pupils celebrate A Level and GCSE success

September 12 2018
Pupils celebrate A Level and GCSE success

Cotswold Edge Sixth Form is celebrating the A level achievements of its year 13 students from Brimsham Green School, Chipping Sodbury School, and Yate Academy.

 Izzy Ambrose, the Principal of Yate Academy, said: “I am thrilled that the partnership working between our three schools has enabled so many students to continue to study locally and exceed their expected grades.”  The schools’ individual leaders described their GCSE results as ‘outstanding’ and ‘brilliant’. 

At Chipping Sodbury School many students achieved A*-C grades in their A Levels, with a handful embarking on university degrees with triple A’s and above. 

Lucia Sadler was awarded A*AA and is going to read Physics with Astrophysics, Tom Burton got AAA and he’ll read History, and Alex Langridge achieved AAA and has chosen to study Maths with Finance. 

The school acknowledged an increase in the number of pupils who’ve chosen apprenticeships this year, congratulating those who won places.  Katherine Turner, the Headteacher, said: “Students have been able to study a wide combination of subjects at CEDGE, and the results today show that students have really benefitted from our diverse curriculum, which includes the Extended Project Qualification, The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award etc.” 

Yate Academy reported some ‘fabulous results’ at A level, and saw the ‘significant majority’ of students on their vocational courses meet or exceed their target grades.  

The Academy also achieved the best GCSE results in the history of the school. Headteacher Isabel Ambrose said: “I am absolutely thrilled with these well-deserved GCSE results. The hard work from students and staff, along with the support from their families has made this momentous achievement possible”.  

The percentage of students achieving a Grade 4 and above in English and Maths has risen from 50% to 67% in a year. 

At Brimsham Green School students improved on last year’s A level results, with eight achieving A*/A and B grades across the board. 

Marcus Jefferies was given a special mention for his A* in Further Maths, A* in Maths and A in Physics. He’s going to study Physics at Bristol University. Students won apprenticeships at the MOD and Hanson. The school also praised students who got places on their ‘dream’ courses; Michael Holden (Sports Coaching) and Max Calderan (Early Childhood Studies). 

At GCSE, Kim Garland the Headteacher, said; “Yet again, students have surpassed themselves and have achieved more than double the number of top Grade 9s this year – a whopping 26! This is in addition to 68 Grade 8s (an A* in ‘old money’).”

“Most significantly, though, students have made excellent progress in learning over their five years at Brimsham, as a result of their determined hard work and the high quality teaching they have received.”  

Three quarters of the year group attained a Grade four or above in English/Maths, and over half attained a Grade 5 or above in English/Maths. The school congratulated its top achievers and also the pupils who’d made the most progress. 

Many schools in South Gloucestershire reported improved results on last year.  Leader of South Gloucestershire Council with Cabinet responsibility for schools, Councillor Toby Savage said: “There is clearly a lot to celebrate and I would like to congratulate our students and wish them the best for this important next step in their lives, whether they are going on to university, a new job, apprenticeship or a vocational qualification.”

Advice is available for students uncertain about what they want to do next.  This is provided by schools, colleges, from UCAS, via 

Careerpilot online or via the National Careers Service Helpline for Teenagers on 0800 100 900.