A-level success for Downend and Mangotsfield students

Published on: 18 Aug 2016

a-level students
Happy students at Mangotsfield School: Dani Garner, Jemma Lord, Jack Hindmarsh, Janette Kotter and  Jemma Merrick
STUDENTS from Downend and Mangotsfield Sixth Form are celebrating some excellent A-level results.
The two secondary schools merged their sixth forms a year ago to allow a wider curriculum and an increased focus on academic outcomes - and it’s paid off. 
Many teenagers have secured places at leading universities, including Lewis Webb, who is off to Oxford, and others on higher level apprenticeships and similar schemes.
Bethanie Shaw has been selected for a competitive six-year programme with KPMG, which will mean she earns a salary as well as completing a degree in accounting and finance.
David Spence, head teacher at Mangotsfield School, said:  “These are really pleasing results, with us exceeding our targets. I am delighted with what our students have achieved. They have done themselves proud. I’m also very grateful for the support of parents and the dedication of my staff team.”
Downend School head teacher Mark Fuller said: “I would like to congratulate all of our students on their A-level and AS-level results. They have worked incredibly hard and deserve the success they have achieved. I would also like to thank their parents for the support they have given and the teaching staff at the school for their hard work.” 
Mangotsfield School - highlights


Lewis Webb -                     A, A, A :                in Psychology, Maths and Biology, going on to study Psychologyat St Edmund Hall, Oxford
Lauren Bush -                    A, A, B :                in Biology, Chemistry and Maths, going on to study Biomedical Science at Birmingham University
Beth Shaw    -                     A, A, B :                in Geography, Law and Maths, starting an apprenticeship with KPMG
Daniele Garner -               A*A, C:                 in Sociology, Psychology and History, studying Adult nursing at UWE
Sam Redfern -                   A*, B, B:               in Maths, Biology and Physics, going on to study Mathematics
Ollie Marks -                       B, B, B, C:             in Sociology, Psychology, RS and English Literature, going on to study Philosophy and Ethics at Bath Spa University
Downend School - highlights
Callum Cook – A*, A*, A, A          going on to study Medicine at Birmingham
Toby Cook – A*, A*, A                   going on to study Maths & Economics at LSE
Nayeem Hussain – A*, A*, A      going on to study Chemistry at Bristol
Saphron Evans – A*, A, A             going on to study Psychology at Birmingham
Chloe Henderson – A*, A, A       going on to study Criminology at Cardiff
Josh Wraith – A*, A, A                   going on to study Geography at Exeter
Natalie Jefferies – A, A, A            going on to study English at Nottingham
 James Nuttall – A*, A, B                going  on to study Physics at either Cardiff or Nottingham

Comments (2)

  1. Linda Tanner:
    Aug 18, 2016 at 01:40 PM

    Year 13 students at Winterbourne International Academy are celebrating another year of superb results. The Academy has achieved its best A-level outcomes overall, with 61 per cent of students achieving A*-B grades in their examinations.

    Individual successes include: Xinyu Shen, who achieved 4 A* and Catrin Buckley gained 3 A*, with a further A* in her Extended Project Qualification (EPQ). Tom Chamberlain achieved 2 A* and a starred Business BTEC Distinction. Peter Brooks and Aimee Mulcahy achieved 2 A*, with A* in their EPQ. Joe Evans, Hannah Stevens, Georgia Ace and Emily Brown achieved 2 A*. Shaun Mitchell, Anna Ley, Beth Ward, George Hillier, Phillip Rawlinson and Joy Carlin all gained A* or A in all subjects.

    Year 13 students have won places at some of the most sought-after universities and courses in the UK. These include Medicine, Law, Architecture, Economics, Natural Sciences, Maths, Physics, Chemical Engineering, English Literature and History at Durham, UCL, Manchester, Nottingham, Exeter, Cardiff, Birmingham, Bristol and Sheffield Universities.

    Principal, Richard Haupt and Director of Sixth Form, Lucy Kirkbright said: “We are delighted and immensely proud of what our students have achieved; their hard work has been richly rewarded. Congratulations too must go to their teachers for their dedication and commitment.”

  2. Linda Tanner:
    Aug 18, 2016 at 02:20 PM

    Students in the CLF Post 16, part of the Cabot Learning Federation, achieved some stunning results this year. Students achieved well in both in academic and vocational courses, with high numbers moving on to their preferred destinations, whether that was university, college or higher level apprenticeships in their chosen careers.

    Among those with much to celebrate were Katie George. Originally a student at John Cabot Academy, Katie will be going to study English at Oxford University, having gained all A* and A grades in her A levels. Stunning success was also achieved by Lauren Pratt. Lauren joined John Cabot Academy in Year 7 and in 2010 became seriously ill, resulting in long absences from school and extensive rehabilitation. In spite of the additional challenges she faced, Lauren battled through to achieve A* in all of her subjects. Lauren plans to study linguistics at Cambridge following a year travelling, during which she will teach English in China.

    Hanham Woods Academy alumni also fared well: Sam Noakes, is off to his first choice university, Northumbria, to study Product Design and Ella Gibson, will be training to be a teacher at UWE. Two students who joined the CLF Post 16 from Bristol Brunel Academy are Alex Elliot, who will be studying maths at Sheffield University and Taranjeet Sooriya, who will be studying for a degree in Sport Therapy and Rehabilitation. Braving the traffic every day to cross Bristol to her home academy of King’s Oak, Nawaal Hussein managed to ultimately achieve her goal to study for a degree in Business and Tourism Management at Bath Spa University.

    Pioneers of the highly successful Boomsatsuma Agency, based at Bristol Metropolitan Academy, completed their course this year with some stunning outcomes, having made some extraordinary progress. Abdisalan Mohamed, who joined the academy when new to the UK in Year 9, achieved an unconditional place at London Metropolitan University to study Drama and Heena Ahmed will be off to UWE off to study Sociology.

    Director of CLF Post 16, Kath Cooper said: “While I’ve only been able to talk about a small number of our students and their successes, I am immensely proud of the way in which our students have applied themselves to their studies and developed as individuals during their time as Post 16 students. I feel confident that they will go on to achieve well on the courses they are going to and will be the rounded citizens our community needs. It is great to see the mix of outstanding academic and vocational achievement. Well done to our students and the staff that work so hard to teach and support them.”

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