THE BLANDFORD SCHOOL
Sixth Form students smash school records and buck the National Trend
The Blandford School is celebrating exceptional A Level and Vocational results today with students in the year group smashing all previous records.
The overall pass rate this year was a fantastic 100%, with 32% of students achieving the coveted top grades of A*- A, and 60% achieving A* – B. These figures mean the school has achieved exceptionally well in a year when pass rates are down.
Headteacher, Sally Wilson expressed her personal delight for students in the year 13 cohort,
“Our results this year are just brilliant with so many students achieving their target grades and beyond, they should be very proud of themselves. On behalf of my staff and our Governing Board, I would like to congratulate all of them. Many have secured places at top universities, whilst others will be starting apprenticeships or entering employment. I would like to thank all staff who work with our post 16 students, the sixth form tutor team are extremely experienced and these results prove the quality of teaching and learning is very good. Business Studies, Chemistry and Spanish A levels all achieved 100% A*-B for all students. CTEC Business Studies achieved 90% Distinction*or Distinction.”
Of particular note were A Level performances recorded by Ruby Opalka who achieved 2A*s and 1A, Ruby will now be heading to Manchester to study English with Creative Writing; Lauren Barton’s 2 A*s and 1B means she has achieved her dream of studying medicine at Southampton in September 2019; Emma de Sarum achieved 1A* and 2As and will be relocating to Exeter where she will read Law. Emma is an example of a student who has taken every opportunity whilst at TBS to be involved in numerous additional activities; Hector Solway achieved 3A’s and an A* which secures him a place at Bath to study Physics. Andrew Madders, Hari Teversham and Katie Willis-Fisher should be very proud of their 1A*, 1A and 1B.
Other A Level high fliers include Rheanna Jane, Alysha Henniker, Tilli Eager, Masmi Gurung, Scott Jones, Robert Myers, Katherine Stanley, Ellie Wills, Flo Hendy, Grace Ritchie and Seren Birtles.
Top performers on vocational courses, achieving Distinction* Distinction include Danny Cowley, Sam Gale, Georgia Galloway, Darryl Garbutt, Jared MacDonald, Issy Morris and Emily Park.
Emily Park should be exceptionally proud of her achievements, she began the Sixth Form on the Level 2 course and has stayed with us for three years. She is leaving us with a great set of GCSEs and Level 2 qualifications as well as a D grade in Health and Social Care A Level and Distinction*Distinction in her Business Studies CTEC (A*-A equivalent).
Students in this year’s cohort have chosen a wide variety of future careers and routes including degrees in medicine, law; mathematics; physics with professional placement and research placement; criminology; music production; mechanical engineering; veterinary nursing; zoology; business management and enterprise innovation; marketing; archaeology and anthropology; accounting and finance; psychology, optometry and dance.
As a truly comprehensive sixth form we are equally pleased that students who have chosen alternative routes than HE have been successful in securing their chosen paths which include an apprenticeship with Thames Water, an IT apprenticeship and entry into the armed forces.
Sally Wilson, Headteacher