Details of this year’s Post-16 examination results for students at Patchway Community School show that 44 percent of all grades awarded were in the A*-B band (compared to 51 percent in 2017). The overall pass rate was 98 percent.
Students’ performance in vocational subjects remains strong, with 74 percent of all grades awarded being at Distinction level or above, which the school attributes in part to bespoke learning projects carried out in partnership with organisations such as British Aerospace, Airbus, Rowan Dartington and Rolls-Royce.
A spokesperson for the school said:
“Many students now have the high grades they need to get into the university degree courses of their choice and we are confident that we can sustain and accelerate this progress in the years to come. We would like to congratulate all students on their achievements and recognise our staff for their continued hard work and commitment.”
Subject highlights singled out by the school include:
- In English literature, 75 percent of grades awarded were A*-B
- One hundred percent of students were awarded A*-B grades in textiles and three A-level students have been offered places to study fashion design at university
- Students did exceptionally well in BTEC subjects, where all applied science students were awarded Distinction* grades, as were all those who studied sports studies
Top achievers singled out by the school are:
- Jess Wileman, who, until leading a recent business breakfast in school, didn’t know that she even wanted to go to university! Jess continues to Plymouth University to study business and human resources and commented: “I am absolutely delighted with my results, I couldn’t have asked for any more from my teachers or the school; the community atmosphere provides a great support network and this helped me to succeed in the subjects I am passionate about.”
- Penda Bah has an offer to study psychology at Plymouth University. Throughout her sixth form studies, she has studied hard to achieve these fantastic outcomes whilst working part-time as a health care assistant in Southmead Hospital.
- Kieran Mock achieved two Distinction* grades and a B in financial studies and will continue to UWE to study business and management.
- Peter Horton was awarded grade B in three A-levels (French, English literature and product design) and also plans to accept a place at UWE.
- Josh Churchill has a place to study architecture at university, courtesy of his Distinction* in applied science, A in financial studies and C in maths.
Headteacher Karen Cornick commented:
“The achievements of our students have come as a direct result and reward of their continuous efforts, dedication and grit. I am so proud of them, and the staff who have helped them achieve their success. People’s perceptions of Patchway are often based on a historical view of the school, which is now several years out of date. Our facilities are undergoing a range of extensive improvements, our teaching is now consistently of a high quality and we’re confident of our future with the support of the Olympus Academy Trust.”
Photo (l-r): Students Kieran Mock, Seb Cardenas and Joshua Johnstone, pictured after receiving their results.