Delight at BTE Academy over A-level successes

September 04 2017

BRISTOL Technology and Engineering Academy saw some notable successes at A-level in 2017.

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BRISTOL Technology and Engineering Academy saw some notable successes at A-level in 2017.

The school in Stoke Gifford is one of the UK’s University Technical Colleges (UTCs), which focus on the so-called STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).

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.

Individual successes included Harry Dyte, from Kingswood - A* Biology, A Physics, A Chemistry, A Maths, Distinction* Environmental Sustainability. Harry will study  natural sciences at the University of  Exeter. 

“BTE is STEM-focused so it has been ideal for me in terms of specialising in the subjects which I enjoy and am good at,” he said.

 

Tristan Russell, of Longwell Green, is off to the University of Bath to study  Maths and Physics after achieving A* Maths, A* Physics, A Further Maths.

 He said:  “I am hoping to do a placement in my third year and eventually  maybe do research of some kind,” he said. “Coming to BTE Academy has been  brilliant for me. When I came here I never expected that I could achieve A*s at A -level and my grades have really improved across the board. The teachers are brilliant and ensure that everyone enjoys lessons, and all the science equipment is state of the art.”  

Meanwhile many of BTE Academy’s Year 13 cohort are taking the apprenticeship route. 

Cameron McNeill, from Longwell Green, and Matthew Owen, of Bishopsworth, are both taking up four-year apprenticeships at Renishaw while Callum Isaacs, from Kingswood, joins Universal Balancing in Kingswood. 

Principal Rhian Priest, said: “I am incredibly proud of ourYear 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.”