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Published on: 25 Aug 2017
STUDENTS from Mangotsfield School and Downend School are off to university or starting apprenticeships this month after successfully completing their A-level courses.
The two schools merged their sixth forms in 2015 so the 2017 leavers were the first to benefit from the increased range of subjects and staff expertise on offer.
Sarah Witts, head of the sixth form at Mangotsfield, said it had been a challenging time because of the changes in many A-levels to linear courses with exams at the end rather than modular, with AS-levels halfway through.
"What is most important is that the students have got the qualifications they need to go where they want to go and do what they want to do. To see all these happy faces is a delight," she said.
Students are heading for universities across the land, from Plymouth to Newcastle. Others are taking up higher-level apprenticeships, including with the Ministry of Defence, and one is joining the Army.
The A-level pass rate was 100 per cent with the proportion of A*-C grades at 64 per cent. Some students also achieved university places after getting high marks in BTECs.
Megan Harris got an A in English Literature and Bs in history and law and will study law at the University of Bristol while Dan Thorne earned an A* A and B and will read maths in Southampton. Other high performers were Richard Wathen and Emily Silverthorn.
Top performers at Downend School sixth form were Ridwan Axmed A, A, A; Barbara Vanotti A, A, A; vAlessandro Ruggiero A*, A, B; Stephanie Hacker Distinction*, A, B; Wiilliam Packwood A, A, B and William Plummer A, A, B.