Students 'have risen to challenge brilliantly'

September 04 2017

SCHOOL and college leaders and local politicans have praised the class of 2017 for their success in the new A-levels.

SCHOOL and college leaders and local politicans have praised the class of 2017 for their success in the new A-levels.

AS-levels no longer count towards marks and students are assessed on the results of exams at the end of two years.

Michael Jaffrain, principal of St Brendan’s Sixth Form College, the biggest provider in the area, said: “I am thrilled with how our teachers and students have handled the dramatic change to the more rigorous linear style. Our results are outstanding and highlight the brilliant quality in teaching at St Brendan’s.”

The CLF Post 16 – the joint Sixth Form for academies in the Cabot Learning Federation – achieved record results, with 22 per cent of Principal Kath Coope said: “I am overjoyed to be able to share such stunning results with a fantastic cohort of students.

“The improvements made over the last two years place us as a vibrant and successful Post 16 that is fully inclusive.

“The support that students receive is first class; both academically and pastorally, and today is a very proud recognition of the success that Post 16 has become.”

Wellsway School also saw some excellent results, with all students who applied for university places being accepted.

Principal Matthew Woodville said:  "We are delighted with the achievements of our sixth-form students.  These results mean that this talented group of young people will go on to pursue their ambitions in the work place, at universities and colleges, or in apprenticeships and other training courses.  We wish them every success for the future.”

Councillor Toby Savage, South Gloucestershire’s cabinet member for schools, skills and employment, said: “Judging by the feedback received from schools and academies so far, it would suggest that students in South Gloucestershire continue to do well at A-level.

“I’d like to take this opportunity to wish everyone well as they make those all-important choices for the future. Whether they’re heading off to university, starting a vocational qualification or taking up a new job or apprenticeship, we need resilient young people with a range of talents and a positive attitude to join the variety of employment sectors we have across South Gloucestershire.”

Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol, said: “Studying for A-levels is no easy task so I’d like to congratulate all the young people receiving their results today and wish them the very best in whatever they do next. If you haven’t done as well as you hoped today, it doesn’t mean you won’t succeed in the future.”