Outstanding A Level Results

Chew Valley School students and their teachers are celebrating outstanding A level results. With 49% graded A*-B and 20% A*/A students’ investment through hard work has paid off.

Retiring headteacher, Mark Mallett, commented, ‘I am so delighted for the students who have performed so well across the full range of subjects. The value added is once again well above the national average and that is a tribute to the outstanding teaching and tutorial care provided by the staff and the sixth form team in particular.  It’s good to be leaving the school on a high note!’

There were many outstanding individual performances with several achieving 3 A/A* grades or more. Kate Austins has been awarded a scholarship to study Law at Kings College London.  Helen Burnell is going to Leeds to read Economics.  Flora Chamberlain, currently engaged on Trek America, will be studying Biochemistry at Imperial College, London.  Charlie McDonald is delighted to have won a place for Medicine at Manchester.  Natalie Palmer has secured her place to study Architecture at Cambridge.  Milly Sommer’s exceptional portfolio had already earned her an unconditional place at Sussex to study Media Practice.  George Wright is off to Exeter to study Mathematics.

With 75% of applicants off to their first choice university, and 30% of applicants gaining places at Russell Group universities, results day was a success all round. Students secured university places to study a range of subjects from Accountancy and Business to Veterinary Nursing – no Zoology this year!

As well as the more conventional transition from school sixth form to university for the majority of Chew Valley students, a number are opting for higher level apprenticeships. Takara Gregson has secured a highly prestigious traineeship at Bishop Fleming Accountancy Services, while George Sommerfield will be starting a digital marketing apprenticeship at Hargreaves Lansdown. Other leavers are pursuing higher level training programmes in areas as diverse as electrical engineering (Sam Wedlake), media and public relations (Abby Moss), child care (Heather Uppington and Hollie Sherwood) and information technology (Alex Dear).

With other students about to start on Art Foundation courses and a number taking some time out to travel as part of a Gap Year, Head of Sixth Form Andrew Arbuckle commented ‘It is excellent to see this terrific year group heading off to such a broad and exciting range of careers. On behalf of everyone here at Chew Valley School, congratulations to the students and our very best wishes for the future!’