Hard work pays off for city students

By on 16/08/2012 in Cllr Jones, News

Pupils across Birmingham were today finding out whether two years' hard work has paid off as they picked up their A-level, BTEC and NVQ results.

Almost 3,000 students across the city's local authority-run sixth form centres and academies returned to school for the day to find out their grades and to share the moment with friends.

In line with national reports, early indications show Birmingham schools’ A-level results have shown a slight decrease in 2012 – but it is anticipated that nearly all candidates will have achieved at least one pass and that most will have achieved one or more higher grade at A*-B.

Councillor Brigid Jones, cabinet member for children and family services, said: “I would like to congratulate all young people in Birmingham on their achievements and the tremendous amount of effort and hard work they have put in over the last two years.

“Whether it is university, further study, training or employment, I wish everyone the very best for the future.”

The following schools have shown improvement in overall results: North Birmingham Academy, Washwood Heath and International School. Meanwhile, Holyhead school has recorded an improvement in the average point score per candidate.

Some examples of exam success include:

Shenley Academy -  5 students who are on our school roll and study BTEC Sport at Birmingham City Football Club, through a city council collaboration arrangement, all achieved 3 x Distinction* grades, equivalent to 3 x A grades at A level. All students at the Academy that applied have a place at University.

Broadway School – 87% of BTEC/Vocational passes were merit or above, 32% were Distinction*

North Birmingham Academy (NBA) – a case study:

-  New  Post 16 Centre opened two years ago

-  Centre is going into third year as academy

-  170 students have chosen to stay in Post 16 this September due to good GCSE results over the past 2 years

-  Ofsted in May 2012, graded the Academy as good with outstanding features under the new Ofsted framework including the Post 16 Centre

-  In the last 3 years 68 out of 78 students have gone onto University.  A large percentage of these students are the first in their families to have been accepted for university places. In 2012 80% of students in Y13 will go onto university

-  Curriculum is a mixture of BTECs and A Levels with increasing emphasis on A Levels

This summer Y13 have achieved 29 A* grades and 23 grade A's and a large percentage of top grades at A Level or equivalent

The average grade per student was just below a B, which continues the Academy's trend of rapidly improving A Level results

King Edward VI Camp Hill Boys School - record breaking year with 32.1% of A-levels (excluding General Studies) passed at A*, 71.2% A*/A and 91.6% A*/B. Some 65 pupils achieved at least one A* grade. 15 students achieved three A* grades, 4 achieved 4 A*. One student achieved 5A* and 1 A grade.

Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School – record results have been secured once again at A-level this year with an overall pass rate of 99.79%. A record 80.37% of entries were graded A*/B with one in three students securing an A* Grade. Bishop Vesey’s has reached a new level of attainment reaching the 80% target set in recent years. One student achieved 5 A*s, and seven students achieved 3 A*s. A total of 58 students scored three A*/A Grades or better, a dramatic rise from 37 last year.

Hillcrest School – all students studying BTEC IT gained Distinction grades.(AWAITING CONFIRMATION HOW MANY).

Arthur Terry School – Almost 50% of examination entries achieved at A*, A or B grade. These results have been achieved across a wide range of subjects, 29 in all.


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