16th August 2018
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, with a total of 1652 A-level results being collected. 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%. The College provides students with a huge choice of 38 different A-level courses, and this year 22 of those subjects are boasting a 100% pass rate. As well as A-levels, St Brendan’s also offers a diverse range of Applied General courses and these results were also outstanding, with 88% of students securing high grades of Distinction and Distinction*.
Proud Principal, Michael Jaffrain, commented on the results, “We have had another excellent year of results and I am very proud of my students and staff for all that they have achieved. As well as an excellent overall pass rate, we also saw a rise in the number of students achieving A* - A grades, which is fantastic news. We were particularly pleased with our results in Further Maths, Law, Physics, Politics, Biology, Health and Social Care, Languages, Computing and Philosophy. I am also delighted for all of our Oxbridge students, to see their hard work and determination payoff is one of the many highlights for me as Principal and I am thrilled that we could help them on their journey to such success!’
This year St Brendan’s students have secured places on some of the country’s most competitive courses, with 20 students receiving offers to study Engineering and 5 going on to study Medicine. An impressive number of St Brendan’s students have excelled in all of their respective subjects and 13 of them are toasting the fact that they have been awarded A*s or A grades in all of their subjects. This year, 115 St Brendan’s students were holding firm offers from the UK’s top Russell Group universities and all have successfully secured places. Likewise all of the students who had been made offers by Oxford and Cambridge University have successfully secured their places and will be heading to join the prestigious universities in September.
Tom Kerfoot is one the College’s shining stars this year. The 18 year old, who joined St Brendan’s from Sir Bernard Lovell School, achieved an incredible 4 A*s in his A-levels; Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics and Biology. Tom looks forward to staying local and studying Medicine at the University of Bristol from next month.
Ryan Danvers is another impressive student who worked hard to secure success. The 18 year old from Horfield achieved an incredible 3 A*s and 1 B in A-level Psychology, English Language, Mathematics and Biology. Ryan joined St Brendan’s from Colston’s School, and will be progressing to Oxford University to study Medicine next month.
Madeline Prottey will also be joining Ryan at Oxford University, after achieving 3 A*s in Chemistry, Mathematics and Further Maths. The talented teen from Yate looks forward to furthering her studies of Mathematics.
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 GCHQ, Rolls Royce, NHS, Ernst & Young, the Ministry of Defence and Lloyds Bank. Successful student Ciara Packer-Joslin is just one of the St Brendan’s graduates who secured an apprenticeship. After collecting her results this morning, the 18 year old from Brislington was travelling straight to her new place of work, the Bristol Royal Infirmary, to begin her Apprenticeship with the NHS as an Administration and Clerical Officer.
Michael Jaffrain finished by commenting, “The overall progress made by this year’s student cohort tremendously improved compared to the previous years and I would like to thank my staff for their dedication and support which enabled this to happen. 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. Finally, I want to wish the Class of 2018 the best of luck for the future and encourage them to stay in touch with us and remain a part of the St Brendan’s community.”