Yate and Chipping Sodbury sixth formers celebrate 'hard-won' A-level results

August 13 2020
Yate and Chipping Sodbury sixth formers celebrate 'hard-won' A-level results

SCHOOLS in Yate and Chipping Sodbury are celebrating the achievements of A-level students as results were announced today.

Cotswold Edge Sixth Form, the consortium of Brimsham Green School, Chipping Sodbury School and Yate Academy, said pupils had "coped admirably" with the unusual circumstances of the coronavirus crisis, which saw exams cancelled and results based on teacher assessments, which were then moderated by qualifications regulator Ofqual.

Brimsham Green School head teacher Kim Garland said: “Cotswold Edge’s Year 13 students have worked tirelessly over the last two years to achieve their qualifications.

"They have coped admirably over the past few months, and have not allowed the circumstances to deter them from focusing on their future goals. We are all very proud of what they have achieved, and so should they be.”

Brimsham Green School A-level students celebrate their results

Chipping Sodbury School head teacher Katherine Turner said: “We are delighted that our Sixth Form students are able to progress onto their first choice destinations, including university and apprenticeships. We know they will carry the skills they have acquired with them, and experiences such as Duke of Edinburgh, and the Extended Project Qualification will prepare them well for their lives beyond school.”

Izzy Ambrose, principal of Yate Academy, said: "I am thrilled that the partnership working between our three schools continues to go from strength to strength, and continues to enable so many students to study locally and exceed their expected grades. Our detailed COVID planning for September means that we are confident Year 12 and Year 13 students have a terrific year of study ahead of them – we can’t wait to see them back in classrooms.”

At Yate Academy, 40% of students achieved an A* or A grade, more than half an A*-B grade and 91% an A*-C grade.

Among the high achievers were Mason Wakely, who achieved four A*s in chemistry, maths, geography and physics, and will be studying chemistry at Oxford University from October.

Anna Piper-Thompson will study English at Cambridge University after achieving three A*s, in English literature, English language and geography.

Rhiannon Jones (above) will be studying medicine at Cardiff University after securing A*s in maths and chemistry, and an A in biology.

Caitlin Bidwell was awarded an A* and two As, while Oscar Jones and Jess Bridgeman achieved five A grades and a distinction* between them.

Mrs Ambrose said: “It is really important, despite the media coverage about grade adjustments and the challenges of awarding this year’s qualifications, that we celebrate students’ hard-won achievements.

"Certainly, the process of awarding grades, both internally and externally, has been one of very high scrutiny.

"Consequently students, their parents, employers and universities can be secure in the knowledge that where students have been awarded an A* or Distinction* grade, for example, these are fully comparable to previous years, and have not been easily achieved."

Top: Yate Academy sixth-formers Shannon Hughes, Rhiannon Fletcher and Shannon Dent received their A-level results at Yate Academy today.