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Molly Hiscox (centre) with sister Maisy (L) and mum Alison (R)

Merchants' Academy celebrates A-level success

This year sees the Academy's students achieving a record number of A and B grades at A level

Posted by Hannah Vickers | August 22, 2017 | School life

Students at Merchants’ Academy in Bristol are celebrating a record number of A and B grades at A level, resulting in 92% of students who applied to study at university accepting a place. Six of those students will be studying at Russell Group universities, reading subjects that include Medicine, Dentistry, History and Spanish.

24 students from the south Bristol academy will be pursuing degrees at universities across the UK, with a further 11 sixth form graduates taking up exciting apprenticeships or work-based training.

Of the students studying BTEC diploma courses, all achieved at least two distinctions (equivalent to two A grades at A level) and 61% achieved distinction* (equivalent to A* at A level).

I am delighted to see so many of our sixth form students celebrating fantastic results, earning places at top universities and securing competitive apprenticeships - Nick Short, Principal of Merchants' Academy

Principal Nick Short said: “I am delighted to see so many of our sixth form students celebrating fantastic results, earning places at top universities and securing competitive apprenticeships. It is through hard work and commitment that Merchants’ Academy sixth formers will go on to build successful futures for themselves and their families. I wish every one of them the very best of luck as they take this next step in their educational journey.”

Molly Hiscox from Bedminster is one of the many success stories from Merchants’ Academy. Molly, 18, who joined Merchants’ Aademy Sixth Form having completed her GCSEs elsewhere, will be reading Medicine at the University of Bristol. Molly’s dad, Paul Hiscox, said: “We chose Merchants’ Academy Sixth Form because of the small class sizes and the vision of the Academy. As a result, Molly will now begin the journey to fulfil her dream of becoming a doctor. We are so proud of what she has achieved.”

Molly was one of the first cohort to take part in the Bristol Scholars scheme, run by the University of Bristol, which sponsors Merchants’ Academy alongside the Society of Merchant Venturers. She spoke at the launch of the scheme last December. 

Lauren Price, 18, from Hartcliffe, and Ledina Shabani, 18 and from Withywood, have also  secured places at the University of Bristol. Both students have attended Merchants’ Academy since the age of 11 and are thrilled to be going to university in September. Lauren will read Hispanic Studies and Ledina will begin a five-year course to study Dentistry.

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