18th August 2016
St Brendan’s Sixth Form College is celebrating another year of amazing achievement today, as students collect their A-level results. It is the largest Sixth Form College in the Bristol-Bath-South Gloucestershire region, and has supported 635 students through their A-levels over the past two years. St Brendan’s is now thrilled to be celebrating their well-deserved accomplishments.
This year St Brendan’s A-level pass rate is an impressive 97.4% with 69.3% of students achieving A* - C grades in their exams. St Brendan’s provides students with a huge choice of 47 different A-level courses, and this year 26 of those subjects are boasting a 100% pass rate. Vocational (BTEC) results were equally impressive with 100% pass rate, and the Extended Project Qualification (aimed at students who want to stretch their curriculum) also achieved 100% pass rate.
Proud Principal of St Brendan’s, Michael Jaffrain commented; “This is another fantastic year of results across the board, with our BTEC courses retaining their 100% pass rate and our A-levels having improved again for the third year in a row. 80% of our Oxbridge candidates have been successful in obtaining their university places and our Careers Officers will be busy supporting and helping all of our students to secure their progression routes over the next few days.”
An impressive number of the 17-18 year olds have excelled in all of their respective subjects and 19 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. Jay Staker, Daniel Harris and Ellie Mae-Barr are amongst St Brendan’s star performers this year and have all secured top grades in their A-levels.
Jay Staker will be going on to study at Oxford University this next academic year; after achieving an A* and three A’s in A-level Government & Politics, Philosophy, History and English Language & Literature. The ambitious teenager moved to England from Australia to study at the Bristol College, and was thrilled to get the help and support needed to achieve his ultimate goal. He heads to Oxford to study Philosophy, Politics and Economics from September.
Daniel Harris was this year’s stand-out star at St Brendan’s. The 18 year old from Barrs Court will be heading to Cambridge University to study Natural Sciences. Dan achieved straight A*s in all four of his subjects; Chemistry, Physics, Further Mathematics and Mathematics.
The incredibly creative student Ellie-Mae Barr is amongst the large group of St Brendan’s students who are thrilled with their results. Ellie-Mae achieved 3 A*s and a B in her subjects Fine Art, Graphics, Textiles and Geography and looks forward to continuing to develop and challenge her creative mind whilst studying Textile Design at University College Falmouth.
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. 18 year old Lakshmi Sood from Winterbourne pass all three of her A-levels (ICT, Accounting, Mathematics) and is now looking forward to starting her Finance Apprenticeship with the Ministry of Defence (MOD).
Michael Jaffrain finished by commenting, “I want to say a massive congratulations to all our students and to wish them the very best for the future. I also would like to thank all my staff for their incredible dedication over the past year. St Brendan’s is proud to be contributing to the educational success of Bristol as a Learning City. I believe that these excellent results will impact positively on the lives of the young people and the communities that they live in.”