Wellsway Multi Academy Trust is celebrating the resilience and success of its Year 13 students in the face of 2020’s unique challenges.

The trust’s schools have seen improved results in A-levels and vocational equivalents. A number of young people have achieved outstanding outcomes.

Three students from Wellsway School in Keynsham have secured Oxbridge places: Megan Sullivan and Andrew Dubois at Cambridge and Nathan Coltart at Oxford. Megan achieved A* grades in biology, chemistry, maths and extended project and will study veterinary science, while Andrew was awarded A* in physics, maths and further maths and As in biology and chemistry and will read natural sciences. Nathan achieved A* in maths and extended project, with As in chemistry and physics and will go on to study chemistry.

Other high-performing students from Wellsway were Edward O’Reilly (A,A,A), Daisy Richards (A*,A*,A) and Amelia Richards (A,A,A) (both pictured above).

At Sir Bernard Lovell Academy in Oldland Common, Chloe Phillips achieved A,A,A* and will study law at Bristol University. Eloise Wright earned A*A,B and is off to the University of Gloucestershire to study psychology and Hannah Ponter, who achieved A,B,B, will also do psychology at the University of Southampton.

Students who have made exceptional progress at SBL’s post-16 centre include Samadi Peiris, Luci Bailey, Molly Skates and Lisa Wingrove.

Overall, results at SBL have increased significantly in comparison with 2019, with the average grade up by almost a whole grade.

IKB Academy in Keynsham, the trust’s specialist science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) centre, has seen excellent results in STEM subjects for a fourth successive year.

Among notable successes are Jasmine Neal-Long, who will pursue her ambition to study civil engineering at Bath University after achieving A* in maths, A in chemistry and Bs in physics and further maths, and Amelia Nicholas, who has been offered a design engineering apprenticeship after gaining a distinction*/distinction in her Btec Level 3 engineering course and a B in A-level product design. Harry Richards secured the grades in Btec Level 3 engineering and product design that will enable him to go on to study architecture at London Metropolitan University.

Other students at the small sixth form are also off to university to follow a range of STEM subjects or are taking up apprenticeships.

The final set of results at The Bath Studio School, a specialist centre for creative and digital subjects, saw some exceptional outcomes. Caleb Cuozzo got a distinction* and distinction in digital media, A* in graphics and A in photography. He will do freelance graphic design work during a gap year before university.

Evie Cameron gained two distinctions and a distinction* in digital media and TV and film and an A* in graphics A-level and will go to London Fashion Retail Academy to study fashion.

Gabriel Spreckelsen-Brown achieved two distinction* and a distinction in his suite of creative media subjects. Gabriel also undertook additional A-Levels in maths and English, achieving Bs in both. Madeleine Spreckelsen-Brown achieved two A*s and a B in fine art, graphics and photography. Gabriel and Madeleine will be moving to Edinburgh with their family to attend university.

The trust’s director of education, Gary Schlick, said, “We are extremely proud of the way Year 13 students at all our schools have coped with the extraordinary circumstances of recent months.

“Despite the national uncertainty in the process of determining and awarding A-level and equivalent grades this year, we are delighted with the students’ results and pleased that almost all have been awarded grades that have enabled them to successfully progress to the next stage of their chosen route in education, training or employment. We wish them all well.”