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Record results for academies as A-levels are revealed

Four principals at academies across the UK reveal their reaction to A-level results day

Posted by Lucinda Reid | August 18, 2017 | Events

A-level results day is always a mixture of nerves, excitement and exhilaration. This year was no different, and academies across the UK celebrated their A-level results and the hard work of their students and staff. Here, four principals reveal why they are pleased with this year’s results.

Rhian Priest, Principal at BTE Academy, said:

“I am incredibly proud of our Year 13 students, many of whom are among our first four-year cohort. There are some wonderful individual successes which are richly deserved. Every single university applicant has gained their first choice place with a significant number taking up their first choice apprenticeship. This group of young people and their teachers are the most conscientious and talented I have ever had the privilege to work with.” 

Almost two-thirds – 61 per cent – of this year’s A-Level students at Bristol Technology and Engineering Academy achieved passes of A*-C with 30 per cent at A* or A. Based in Stoke Gifford, BTE Academy is one of the UK’s University Technical Colleges (UTCs), which focus on the STEM subjects.

Over half – 52 per cent - of all A Level grades at BTE Academy in Maths/Further Maths were at A* or A while 76 per cent of grades in Maths and Science were A*-C, with a 100 per cent pass rate. Meanwhile 76 per cent of Engineering grades were at Distinction* or Distinction, with 14 students achieving maximum marks across all units.

A-level students with Principal Rhian Priest

Alex Foreman, Principal at The Duke of York’s Military School, said:

“Our approach of combining an ambitious focus on high quality teaching with activities and events aimed at creating rounded, well-motivated individuals, has been rewarded with improved results. In particular, 90% gained their first choice university with the remainder accepting their insurance place, with only three students needing to enter clearing. We also have three students who did so well they are now adjusting their university option, to take on more challenging courses within medicine and engineering.”

A total of 54 students in Year 13 selected A Level and BTEC courses, with a 95% pass rate. The school is particularly pleased that more than a third of the results were at the higher A*-B grades with 48 students going onto university to continue their education.

Outstanding success included, Denica Nedjalkova,who achieved A*A*A in Mathematics, Further Mathematics and Geography respectively; Joanes Ljebor, who achieved AAAA in Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics; and, Andrew Slevin, who was awarded Dist*Dist in BTEC Engineering, Sport and Performing Arts.

Year 13 students after leaver's service

Gez Flowers, Head of School at St Francis Xavier College, said:

“Results day is always a great opportunity to share in students’ success and we wish them good luck as they take their next steps. The A-level results today are testament to the hard work of our sixth formers, and the dedication of our encouraging teachers. Congratulations to the class of 2017, we are very proud of them and are excited to see what they go on to achieve.”  

At a time of great uncertainty and change in the world of education, SFX achieved an excellent A-level pass rate, with a third of all A-level grades securing A* - B and a 100% BTEC pass rate, with some two thirds of BTEC grades recorded at Distinction*/Distinction. The vast majority of students secured places at the university of their choice.

A-level students (left to right): Michael Goodwin, Callum Bissett, Nial Makin, Louise Graham and Ellie Barlow

Stephen Brierley, Principal at St Margaret’s Academy Liverpool, said:  

“I’m so pleased that so many of our sixth formers have once again achieved highly this year.  Today isn’t just about celebrating the success of students who have achieved A* and A grades – it’s about celebrating the success of the many, many St Margaret’s students who have made good progress from their GCSE grades.  Their fantastic results don’t come about by accident!  Instead, they are tribute to the students’ own hard work, to the high quality of teaching here, to the commitment and support of our parents, and to the outstanding pastoral care we are able to offer at our academy.”

The academy in Aigburth has reported another impressive year of results with a 95% A’level pass rate this year, and 31% of grades awarded coming in between A* and B. Following on from last year’s success, many pupils have gained a place at their first choice universities, including Warwick University, Newcastle University, York, Queen’s Belfast and the University of Liverpool.

The BTEC results were particularly impressive with many students far exceeding their predicted targets. For many St Margaret’s students, strong post-16 results (both A-level and BTEC) have proved to be the passport to places at top universities.  This year a large number have gained a place at their first choice university, including a number of Russell Group Universities.

Harry Edwards is off to study medicine at The University of Liverpool

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