Bristol students celebrate A Level results

Students in Bristol are celebrating their A-level results after two years of studying and hard work. Across the city, results remained high with tales of many individual success stories. The majority of schools in the city saw more students awarded the highest grades.

George Ferguson, Mayor of Bristol, congratulated students on their achievements. He said:

“As a Learning City we should be proud of Bristol’s young people and the many students who have received their A-level results today. I’d like to congratulate them for the hard work they have put in and wish them the very best as they take their next steps into employment, training or higher education.”

St Mary Redcliffe and Temple School enjoyed a pass rate of 99.3% with 34% of its students achieving a grade AAB or better, which is more than double last year, and 64% were awarded a grade B or above. Overall 11% of students got an A* and two have been offered places at prestigious American universities for the first time in the school’s history.

Elisabeth Gilpin, headteacher at St Mary Redcliffe and Temple School, said:

“We are delighted with the A level results this year and this equals our best ever set of results. Students have followed their passions and studied a wide range of subjects with us.  I am inspired by the way our students have made the most of all the learning opportunities on offer to them and by the way the staff have supported them through any difficulties. The wonderful results today are a credit to the hardworking students, the inspirational teachers, caring support staff and nervous parents. I am proud of our whole school community and the wider Bristol educational community.”

Results at Bristol Cathedral Choir School were also impressive as the school reported its best ever results with almost 60% achieving A* – B and 30% of students leaving with A*s and As. The school also reported some students have places at Oxford University as well as prestigious music colleges.

Paul Atkins, Assistant Principal at Bristol Cathedral Choir School, said:

“The students this year have achieved our best ever A-level results and I’m delighted that all of their hard work has paid off.

“The students collecting their results today were in year 7 when we became an Academy, so it’s particularly significant to mark their outstanding achievements. Students who joined us in year 12 have also done exceptionally well.”

North Bristol Post 16 Centre is also celebrating a strong year with 99.5% pass rate at A2. Overall 80% of students are going to university; four students received Oxbridge offers, five are heading to medical school, as well as one student going to study veterinary science and another to study dentistry.

Marian Curran, director at the Centre, said:

“I’m incredibly proud of our students and particularly pleased to see the proportion of students who are achieving the highest grades at A*-A continues to buck the national trend. This is particularly so in Maths and Science.

“Some of our students have triumphed against adversity and seeing how far they have travelled over the past two years is hugely rewarding. Our B-Tec results were also particularly strong with a high proportion of students receiving a ‘distinction’ in their courses.”

Colston Girls School also saw a big increase of students getting grade AAB or better. This year 55% achieved this level, compared to 14% last year.

The OFSTED rating of schools in Bristol has been improving steadily over the past few years, with 90% of secondary schools now rated as ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’.

Councillor Brenda Massey, Assistant Mayor for Place, with responsibility for education said:

“Exams can be extremely challenging and results day is often nerve wracking for students as the stakes are high. Education in Bristol schools has been steadily improving thanks to the hard work of teachers and students and this latest set of results show just how far we have come.

“However, sometimes things don’t go as planned and there is support available for students who didn’t get the results they had hoped for. I’d encourage pupils to speak to their teachers for advice on clearing and other options.”