MORE than half of A-level grades at Bristol Grammar School were A* or A and 81 per cent A*-B.
Nine pupils achieved a clean sweep of three or four A* grades, and 35 per cent of the cohort achieved three or more A* and A grades. Nine BGS pupils will take up places at Oxford and Cambridge, on courses spanning the range of subjects on offer.
BGS head, Jaideep Barot, said: “I have enormous admiration and affection for this year group, and all they have done in their time at BGS. Quite apart from their stellar contributions to school life across so many fields, the way they have ridden the myriad challenges that have come their way over the last few years, speaks volumes for them – for some, just getting to this point has been a victory. More than this, though, they are just a thoroughly lovely group of individuals who have been excellent role models.
“I am delighted, therefore, to celebrate with them their results this year and to share their excitement for what comes next. It’s not just about today, of course, with our IB students having received their results in early July, the whole year group has much to be proud of with one in five of their grades awarded being at A* level.
Keen climber Izzy joined BGS in the Sixth Form and gained A*A*A in her A-levels. She has a place to study on a four-year Biological Sciences course at Sheffield, following a six-month ski instructor apprenticeship in Canada.
She said: “I’m so glad I made the move to BGS. It has inspired independence and is such a warm and supportive community to be part of.”
Also heading overseas is Santiago who gained three As at A level and has a place to study International Relations at IE University in Madrid. He said: “Sixth form has been such an incredible experience. It sounds clichéd, but I couldn’t have asked for anything more.”
Michael gained four A* grades, as well as the two Grade 1s he required in the super-challenging STEP II and STEP III Mathematics papers and will now be taking up a place to study Maths at Emmanuel College, Cambridge.
Michael said: “My time at BGS has taught me a lot about the type of person I’d like to be and how to work hard, which is an incredibly valuable skill. I owe a lot of who I am today to BGS and I’m very grateful.”
Deputy head (academic), Daniel Stone, said: “On top of the A-level results there are also the results our pupils achieved in subjects they took as part of the Electives programme we run alongside A- levels. 39 pupils – our largest ever cohort – completed the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) with over two-thirds of grades at A* or A. Ten students took the AFA Creative Writing qualification (which has been pioneered by David Briggs in our English department), with four of them achieving an A*, and 16 students gained their Level 3 Sports Leadership qualification alongside their A-levels.
“All of these fantastic results, at all levels, vindicate our decision – initially taken during Covid, but continued since – to make unconditional offers for entry to our sixth form, for both our own pupils and the large number who join our sixth form from state and independent schools across Bristol.”