14th August 2014
St Brendan’s Sixth Form College is celebrating another year of great results. As the largest provider of A-levels in the region a total of 1452 students sat either A-level or AS level subject exams this summer.
A-level pass rate was 96.9%, a 0.5% increase over last year, with over 65% of students achieving A*- C grades. AS results were again very good, with a 87% pass rate, and 54% of the students achieving A* - C grades (a 4% increase over last year). In 34 subjects there was a 100% pass rate.
Michael Jaffrain (Principal) commented; “These results together with the 100% achievement in the International Baccalaureate and the Extended Project Qualification, and the 98.6% BTEC passes, are excellent. We have been working very hard at ensuring that we have a range of courses and subjects which stretch and challenge students, whatever their aspirations for the future.”
A number of students have flourished in all of their respective subjects and 21 of them are toasting the fact that they have been awarded A*s or A grades for three or more of their A-level subjects. Katarzyna Rozycka, Nancy Williams, Kit Sainsbury and Louisa Helliker are amongst St Brendan’s star students this year. Katarzyna’s hard work and commitment paid dividends as she achieved 3 A* grades, in Biology, Chemistry and Maths, and 2 A grades in Physics and Polish. Katarzyna, a former student of St Gregory’s, is planning to spend next year gaining some practical medical experience before going onto study Medicine at University. Nancy William a former student of Winterbourne International Academy achieved an A* and 2 A grades in Mathematics, History and Biology and is now looking forward to starting Cambridge University where she will be studying History. Kit Sainsbury, a former student of Bristol Cathedral Choir School, achieved 3 A* grades in French, German and Spanish, and a B in Maths. Kit will now be going on to study Languages at Exeter University. Louisa Helliker, a former student of Downend School, achieved 2 A* and 2 A grades and is going on to study History at Southampton University.
Not all students are heading to a UK University though. Benji Cooper, formerly of City Academy, has received an A* in Biology, an A in his Science EPQ, a B in Physics and a Distinction Star in his Music Performing BTEC, has been awarded a place at Macalester College, a top US University where he will be studying Neurobiology.
Michael Jaffrain, finished by commenting, “I am delighted that for yet another year, our students and staff have worked really well to achieve these fantastic results. Not only have we got great results across the board but we also have remarkable individual achievements”.