Students keep breaking records
BRADLEY Stoke Community School celebrated its first ever set of A-level results.
Of the 197 exams sat at the school, 98 per cent were passed and 56 per cent resulted in A*-C grades.
The school's head teacher Dave Baker, who is also head at Abbeywood School in Stoke Gifford, said he was delighted.
Top achievers were Ed Franklin, with two A*s and an A, Jess Monks, who earned an A* and two As, Chris Grain, with an A* and two As, Rahmeh Al-Adwan, who scored an A* and three As, and Jenny Wong, who had three As.
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Mr Baker said: "All students who needed grades to go on to higher education or training have what they need. We are pleased with the overall outcomes and obviously delighted for the individuals who have matched or exceeded expectations and are now celebrating – there were a lot of happy faces in both schools."
Elsewhere in South Gloucestershire, Patchway Community College achieved its best ever A-level results, with a 100 per cent pass rate in all qualifications and a record-breaking 19 per cent of grades at A or A*.
Tom Kettlety was the highest achieving boy, with A* in maths, physics and extended project and an A in chemistry. He will go to Bristol University to study physics.
Laura Hinett led the girls' achievements, with As in biology, chemistry and maths.
Dominic Blake, who, with two A* grades in art and graphics and a distinction in business BTEC, will read architecture at Nottingham University, said: "The hard work now seems totally worth it – this is what I need to get me to the next step."
College head Jane Millicent said: "We are so proud of the achievements of all of our students who have excelled themselves this year and secured excellent places at universities and in employment as a result.
"The students and our dedicated team of teaching professionals have worked tirelessly to make sure that everyone achieves their best and secures their best possible future."
Downend School's Post-16 Centre leapt into the top ten of Bristol schools for A-levels with its latest set of record-breaking results.
Six students achieved three or more A or A* grades, including Andrew Docker, who will take up a place at Oxford University, Jack Ryan, Murray Sheath, Andrew Berndes, Emma Croot and Khoshro Miah.
Nearly half of all results awarded were at grades A*-B, enabling students to progress to prestigious university courses and apprenticeships.
Head William Roberts, said: "We are very proud of the success of all our students. These superb results reflect the determination and commitment of students and staff alike."
Records continued to be broken elsewhere in South Gloucestershire, with the sixth form at the Castle School in Thornbury posting an impressive set of A-level results. More than 25 students scored better than three A grades, and almost a third of all A-levels sat scored A or A* grades. The overall pass rate was 99.4 per cent, with 80 per cent of all grades between A* and C.
Among the high performers were Sam Jenkins, whose four A* grades earned him a place to study medicine at Nottingham, and Elizabeth Traynor, who achieved three A* grades and will go to Oxford.
Head teacher Melanie Warnes said: "Seeing excellent A-level results year on year could lead to complacency, but every year our remarkable young people rise to the challenge."