Downend School scores record A-level results
Published on: 01 Sep 2014
STUDENTS from across the Downend area are celebrating some excellent A-level results.
Dozens will be off to university or to top-level apprenticeships after gaining high grades in the 2014 exams.
Downend School’s Post-16 centre has achieved record results this year. Nearly a quarter of all grades (24 per cent) achieved the top grades A* to A, and half of all results were awarded grades A* to B. The pass rate was more than 99 per cent.
Notable results include Elliott Hastings (A* A* A), Liam Henderson (A* A A), Poppy Sheppard (A* A A), Joe Spilman (A* A A), Beth Fiorentino (A* A B), Jack Hibbs (A* A B), Ella Kirby (A* A B), Thomas van Raalte (A A B B), Holly Flew (A A B) and Emlyn Pratt (A A B).
Poppy gained her grades in biology, chemisty and maths and is heading to Manchester to study medicine.
She was delighted with her results, as was Holly, who will follow her success in health and social care and psychology by working as a healthcare assistant before aiming for a career in nursing.
Beth is also going to Manchester to do nursing.
“I am very happy,” she said. “It was the only university I applied to. I didn’t think I’d got it. I am a bit shocked.”
Nicole Mildon, who gained A*, B and C in maths, biology and photography, is to study architecture and planning at the University of the West of England.
“I like art and science, and architecture combines them. I am always taking pictures of buildings,” she said.
Sam Noone is also taking up a place at UWE Bristol, on a primary education degree course.
Downend’s Year 12 students also achieved excellent results, with a 15 per cent increase in the AS-level pass rate, ensuring a record number of students will join Year 13 in September.
Headteacher William Roberts said: “We are very proud of the success of all our students. Their achievements reflect the determination and commitment they have shown during their time at Downend. The Downend Post-16 Centre has had a strong reputation in the area for a number of years, and we are delighted to have further extended our track record of academic success.”
Mangotsfield School was pleased with its sixth-formers’ performance, with a third of A2 passes at A* to B and the overall pass rate at 97 per cent. . The average total point score was up on last year, at 686 from 661.
Winterbourne International Academy saw some of the best post-16 results in its history, with students doing well at A-level and in the International Baccalaureate and Extended Project Qualification.
More than 70 per cent of A2 students achieved A*-B in subjects including applied business, economics, mathematics, further mathematics, philosophy and technology. A number of students achieved three or more passes at A or A*.
Among the success stories were Anya Appoo, from Downend with three A*s, an A and a B, deputy head girl Laura Hickey, from Downend, who achieved As in biology and psychology and a B in maths to secure a place at Cardiff, and swim coach Hayley Orchard, from Hambrook, who is off to Surrey after gaining two A*s and an A.
Principal Rob Evans said: “We are enormously proud of this year’s post 16 results; a testament of our students’ dedication and hard work together with the first class support of their teachers These results will again enable our students to access high quality courses at some of the UK’s most prestigious universities.
“We are looking forward now to further success with increased student numbers in the sixth form from September 2014 as we now prepare to move into our excellent new facilities.”
Students at City of Bristol College and South Gloucestershire and Stroud College notched up some notable successes while at St Brendan’s Sixth Form College more than 65 per cent of A2 results at were at grades A*- C and the overall pass rate was 96.9 per cent.
Principal Michael Jaffrain said: “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”.
Among the high fliers was Louisa Helliker, a former student of Downend School, who achieved two A* and two A grades and is going on to study history at Southampton University.
Meanwhile, former Downend School pupil Travis Alabanza-Behard got an A* in religious studies, and A grades in classical civilisation and philosophy at St Mary Redcliffe and Temple School in Bristol.
Travis, who won the Gabbler public speaking contest and awards for his anti-bullying work, will read theology at Kings College London.