15th August 2019
Anticipation and nerves filled the large campus at St Brendan’s Sixth Form College today, as over 660 students attended College for the last time to collect their A-level results.
The region’s biggest sixth form is celebrating another year of amazing achievement and has an impressive number of reasons to celebrate.
This year St Brendan’s A-level pass rate is an impressive 96%. The Sixth Form College provides students with a huge choice of 39 different A-level courses, and this year, as always, many subjects achieved a 100% pass rate, including A-level Mathematics and Further Mathematics, English Literature and all three of the A-level language subjects taught at St Brendan’s. As well as A-levels, St Brendan’s also offers a diverse range of Applied General (BTEC) courses. These results were also outstanding, and the College is celebrating a 100% pass rate in all Applied General subjects, with 91% of all results coming in at either a Distinction and Distinction* which is the equivalent to A and A* grades at A-level. The College’s Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) results were also outstanding, with 100% pass rate and 46% of students achieveing either an A* or A grade.
Delighted Principal, Michael Jaffrain, commented on the results, “We have had an excellent set of results at A-level, which was particularly impressive in view of the new tougher linear curriculum and the personal barriers some of our students have had to overcome this academic year. Our Applied General results have also been outstanding and are a testimony to the range and quality of the subjects we have on offer at St Brendan’s Sixth Form College and the outstanding personal support provided by our Academic Mentors and Careers Team.”
St Brendan’s students have secured places on some of the country’s most competitive university courses, with an impressive number of students exceling in all of their respective subjects and 42 of them are thrilled to have been awarded A*s or A grades in all of their subjects. Four students will be heading off to the country’s two most prestigious universities; twins Leon and Victor Altherr and Ryan Everett will all be joining Oxford this September, whist peer Ceinwen Baker is off to Cambridge. Together they will study a diverse range of subjects including Law, Natural Sciences and Psychology.
Ceinwen Baker is one of St Brendan’s top achieving students. The humble teen today discovered that she had achieved four A*s and one A. After studying a busy and challenging timetable of Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Further Mathematics and an EPQ, the 18 year old from Fishponds will be heading to The University of Cambridge next month to study Natural Sciences.
Not all students have chosen to progress onto university though; many are also taking a Gap Year or moving on to an exciting range of Apprenticeships with employers including Burges Salmon, Lyons Davidson, Deloitte, Rolls Royce, KPMG and Babcock. Amoungst those following an Appreticeship path is Albi Kasemi. The determined student, previously from Broadlands Academy, not only studied a full programme of BTEC Law and Business, but also worked hard to retake his English GCSE. With an impressive three Distinction Stars, the 18 year old secured a highly sought-after apprenticeship with Burges Salmon.
Michael Jaffrain finished by commenting, “I would like to thank my staff for all their hard work and dedication to ensuring the best possible outcomes for our learners. Here at St Brendan’s we are proud to see all of our students progress and achieve, regardless of the GCSE grades they come to us with. I wish all of our students who will be leaving us the very best for the future.”