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Cotswold Edge Sixth Form’s Students’ Success Shines Through!

Cotswold Edge Sixth Form, the consortium of Brimsham Green School, Chipping Sodbury School and Yate Academy, is delighted to celebrate the combined outstanding achievements of Year 13 students, following the release of examination grades today.

Kim Garland (Headteacher, Brimsham Green School) said, “We are delighted that our partnership working within Cotswold Edge continues to enable so many students to study locally and gain excellent academic and vocational qualifications – students’ results are testament to their aspiration to excel. Students and their parents are rightly feeling very proud today, including Alicia Scott (Ds*, A*, and three A grades) whose amazing set of results is enabling her to take up a place at Bristol University to study International Management. Alicia will be joined at Bristol by Ellie Griffin (A*, A*, A) who has been accepted onto the highly competitive Veterinary Science degree course, and also by George Jones (A*, A*, A*) who will be studying Geography. Josh Holloway and Jack Barry all gained three A*s, too, and are able to fulfil their long-held ambitions to study Chemistry at Trinity College, Oxford for Josh, and English at Exeter University for Jack. Nicole Freeman (A*, A*, A, A) is moving north to York University to study Psychology, and for the first year we have a student who has gained a place at the University for the Creative Arts, Canterbury to study Graphic Design: well done, Ben Moore, on your three A* and one A!

Katherine Turner (Headteacher, Chipping Sodbury School) added, “Students have shown such maturity and independence over the last two years to achieve their qualifications, and this will stand them in good stead for their university courses and higher level apprenticeships. Their effort and positive attitude to learning really have shone through. I am delighted that Ben Roberts is able to take up his place at Cambridge to study Chemical Engineering, having worked so hard to gain three A* grades. We must also congratulate the terrific number of students who have been awarded two A* and one A grade – there are so many of them! They have really diverse destinations, which shows how their individual ambitions have flourished. Nicholas Whittles is taking up his place at Oxford to study Mathematics; Sam Barker-Lovell will be studying Fashion Design at the highly competitive Falmouth University; and Kate Dale has been accepted onto a higher level apprenticeship. Both Katie Pellow and Tom Peaston are taking the opportunity to travel next year before they study Medicine, and Mechanical Engineering at Southampton, respectively.

Natalie Wilcox (Principal, Yate Academy) concluded, “Students from Cotswold Edge are progressing onto their first choice destinations because of the outstanding results they have achieved. This notably includes Ethan Clack who achieved A*, A*, A* in Psychology, Maths, and Physics. He will be studying Philosophy at Durham University next year. Shimoli Shah also achieved an incredible A*, A*, A* in Maths, Chemistry and Biology and will be studying Medicine at Birmingham University along with her twin sister Shelvi who achieved an A* and two grade As in the same subjects. Julia Wojcik and Katie Ball both achieved an impressive three Distinction*s in their BTEC qualifications. Julia will be studying Occupational Therapy and Katie has secured an apprenticeship. Congratulations as well to Evie Williams who will be beginning her Dentistry course at Birmingham University in September.”

This year, following the cancellation of exams, grades were awarded through a process of teacher assessed grades, against a national standard and approved and awarded by the exam boards. The government is not publishing performance data for any schools or colleges this year due to the varying impact of the pandemic. All three school leaders agreed, “Cotswold Edge students’ grades have been both internally and externally rigorously scrutinised. Consequently students, their parents, employers and universities can be secure in the knowledge that where students have been awarded an A* or Distinction* grade, for example, these are fully comparable to previous years, and have not been easily achieved. Our teachers and support staff have worked tirelessly to ensure students are well-prepared for their exciting next steps, and we look forward to what they will achieve in the future.” For more information and photographs of Year 13 students on Results Day, please visit www.brimsham.com, www.chippingsodburyschool.com, and www.yateacademy.co.uk and linked social media accounts.

Looking ahead, students who are in Year 11 and will be entering Sixth Form in September 2022 are invited to attend Cotswold Edge Open Evening, on Thursday, 14 October. This event will provide an insight into the academic, pastoral and social benefits of studying at Cotswold Edge. Full details are available via our website, where you can also find the Cotswold Edge prospectus: https://www.cotswoldedgesixthform.org.uk/

Students awaiting their GCSE results prior to registering at Cotswold Edge for September 2021, should join us on Thursday, 12 August for enrolment. This is being done by appointment, and if you have studied elsewhere for Year 11 but are keen to join us, please contact cotswoldedgeadmin@brimsham.com for further details. There are still places available to students who are undecided about their next steps, and all students are welcome, regardless of where they studied in Year 11.

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