PRESS RELEASE: Cotswold Edge’s Students Celebrate A-Level Success!

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

Kim Garland (Headteacher, Brimsham Green School) said, “Cotswold Edge’s Year 13 students have worked tirelessly over the last two years to achieve their qualifications. They have coped admirably over the past few months, and have not allowed the circumstances to deter them from focusing on their future goals. We are all very proud of what they have achieved, and so should they be.” Katherine Turner (Headteacher, Chipping Sodbury School) added, “We are delighted that our Sixth Form students are able to progress onto their first choice destinations, including university and apprenticeships. We know they will carry the skills they have acquired with them, and experiences such as Duke of Edinburgh, and the Extended Project Qualification will prepare them well for their lives beyond school.” Izzy Ambrose (Principal, Yate Academy) concluded, “I am thrilled that the partnership working between our three schools continues to go from strength to strength, and continues to enable so many students to study locally and exceed their expected grades. Our detailed COVID planning for September means that we are confident Year 12 and Year 13 students have a terrific year of study ahead of them – we can’t wait to see them back in classrooms.”

Brimsham Green students have once more excelled, with over 30% of students securing the top A* and A grades. More than half of students were awarded A*-B grades and more than three quarters attained a C grade or higher. Congratulations to all those students who achieved their aspirational targets. Kim Garland said, “It is really important, despite the media coverage about grade adjustments and the challenges of awarding this year’s qualifications, that we celebrate students’ hard won achievements. We have many students who juggled their studies alongside other work and school commitments, and have still triumphed. Sam Turner, for example, managed his Head Boy commitments alongside his studies. Sam is off to study Physics at Swansea, and we wish him every success. Certainly, the process of awarding grades this year, both internally and externally, has been one of very high scrutiny. 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.’

Students are destined to progress onto really competitive Russell Group University degree courses, including: Chemistry at Nottingham (Ron Dzilna); Psychology at Sheffield (Rosie Haselhan); and Biology at Bristol (Luke Johnson). It is hard to single out students for particular praise, but we want to celebrate those students who had a clean sweep of the very top grades. Huge congratulations to Kristina Hughes (four A* grades - now looking forward to studying Creative Arts Practice at Bath Spa University); Kerry Lewis (two A* grades, one A grade – progressing on to the University of Nottingham where she will study Law); and Lucy Sprake (three A grades – will be studying Philosophy at the University of Exeter). We are exceptionally proud of you!

All members of the Brimsham Green School community would like to say well done to all students, including those who have gained A*/A and B grades across the board, in many cases studying four subjects, and who are now embarking on a range of Higher Education courses. These include: Joe Turner (AAAB – Mathematics, Bristol); Connor Boulton (Distinction*, Distinction, B – Games Technology, UWE); Megan Walker (A*ABB – Law and Criminology, Sheffield); Jessica Hatherell (AAB – Medicine, Birmingham); Helena Higgins (A*BB – Fashion Design, Salford); Poppy Maybe (AAB – Fine Art, Bath Spa); Laura Thomasin (AAAC – Applied Psychology, Exeter); Jude Testa (Distinction, BB - Film and Media Production, Sheffield Hallam). In a year where apprenticeships have been exceptionally hard to secure, Alfie Smart has been incredibly successful – he beat off competition from hundreds of other students for a coveted placement with Magnox (Berkley Power Station) to study for an Instrumentation Engineering Apprenticeship.

For more information and photographs of Year 13 students on ‘Results Day’, please visit www.brimsham.com and our official Facebook page.

Looking ahead, students who are currently studying GCSEs and will be entering Sixth Form in September 2021 are invited to attend Cotswold Edge Open Evening, on Thursday, 15 October. This virtual event will provide an insight into the academic, pastoral and social benefits of studying at our Sixth Form. Full details of how to join us online will be available on the school’s website, where you can also find the Cotswold Edge prospectus.

Year 5 and 6 students who are at the very beginning of their prospective journeys into secondary education are warmly invited to find out what makes Brimsham Green so special by attending our Open Evening on Thursday, 1 October. This will also be held virtually, and full details will be available on the school’s website. We will host a series of bespoke information sessions for each primary school, and our website will detail these in due course. Contact admin@brimsham.com for further information.

Students awaiting their GCSE results prior to registering at Cotswold Edge for September 2020, should join us on Thursday, 20 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.