Students at Merchants’ Academy in South Bristol are celebrating today, with A-level results up 8% on last year. 83% of students achieved A-E grades, 24% of which are A-C.
Subjects that scored particularly well this year include Business Studies and Media Studies A-level, as well as ICT and Sport BTEC, with high value-added scores and 100% of students receiving A-E grades.
A number of students made outstanding progress from their GCSE starting points. For example, Ben Hammond achieved a Double Distinction in ICT and Elexcie Vowles achieved the equivalent of three A-levels, including a Double Merit in Health and Social Care. Ben will now read Computer Science at the University of Bournemouth and Elexcie will read Health and Social Care at the University of Plymouth.
Katie Campbell will read International Law at the University of Roehampton; Rose Kollar will read Criminal Psychology at the University of Derby; Chelsea Hughes will read Tourism Management at the University of Plymouth; Zak Gibbs will read Business Management at the University of Plymouth; and Emily Knapp will read Art at the University of the West of England.
Overall, 80% of all Year 13 students have succeeded in gaining their first choice in university places.
Ben Hammond, who collected his results with his mum Tina Hammond and who will be the first member of his family to go to university, said: “I’m so excited to be starting my degree. My form tutor, Mr Bryan, has been an amazing inspiration to me. He helped me to stay focussed and motivated and now, not only do I want to pursue a career in Cyber Security, I’m already thinking about a PHD! If I was asked to give advice to other students who might be finding it hard to focus on their studies, I’d say ‘don’t get distracted, always try your best and don’t give up too easily’.”