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Students Achieve Best Ever A-level Results


August 2018


Merchants’ Academy in South Bristol is celebrating its best ever A-level results today. A total of 75 per cent of students passed their A-levels with 30 per cent achieving A-B grades and almost one in four A-C grades. 


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Students from the academy excelled in Health and Social Care with all achieving distinctions and in Sociology, 50 per cent achieved A-B grades. There were also improvements on 2017’s A-level results in a number of subjects including Biology, Business Studies and Sports Studies.


Some students have done so well that they are now looking to upgrade to better universities. Principal Samantha Williamson said: “These results demonstrate significant progress and are in line with projections which show we are on track to improve our future Ofsted gradings.” 


Student Holly Spay will attend the University of Bristol to read Psychology after achieving ABB grades in Sociology, Chemistry and Maths.

“I’m hoping to start a career in mental health nursing when I graduate,” said Holly. “Bristol was my first choice and I can’t wait to start!”


Madison Devlin achieved A in Maths and Bs in History and Chemistry. She has been offered a place at Gloucestershire and Bournemouth Universities and she is also holding an offer from the University of Bristol. “I am so pleased,” said Madison. “I’ve worked really hard, attended every revision session and spent most evenings studying. My teachers have been amazing and their support has meant so much.”


Both Holly and Madison have come through the Bristol Scholars scheme which was launched in December 2016 to improve social mobility in the city. 


Megan Harper achieved A-levels in Sociology, Biology and PE and will be studying Sports Science at Cardiff Metropolitan University. The first member of her family to go on to full-time higher education, Megan said: “I’m so excited about starting university!”


Other students have secured highly sought-after apprenticeships with leading companies, including David Wilkins and Angus Fergusson: with the Bank of Ireland; and Jack Radford and George Swift: with Wessex Water.


Angus, who studied Computer Science and Business Studies at Merchants’ Academy has already started training at the Bank of Ireland’s headquarters in Temple Quay and says he is really enjoying it. “I will be taking some further courses to become a mortgage advisor,” he said. “I have always been interested in finance and banking and now I’m doing exactly what I wanted to do.”


Mrs Williamson said: “I am delighted that our students have been able to access such high-quality pathways into the workplace which come to us as a result of the strong partnerships our sponsors have fostered.”

From this September the academy will be offering increased vocational qualifications alongside existing academic subjects, including a football academy, established as part of the Bristol City Community Trust; and a hair and beauty training centre and salon, which will offer the equivalent of A-levels.


Merchants’ Academy is part of Venturers Trust, which is sponsored by the Society of Merchant Venturers and the University of Bristol. 



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