Sixth Form students achieve top tier university places and higher degree apprenticeships

10 Aug

Students and staff at Cheltenham Bournside Sixth Form are celebrating the outstanding achievements and destinations of their Sixth Form students today. 

Steve Jefferies, Headteacher said; “I’d like to congratulate all of the students of Cheltenham Bournside Sixth Form for their hard work, determination and resilience in achieving great results despite a year of unprecedented disruption. 169 Sixth Form students have collected A level and Level 3 BTEC results and what we celebrate today are their destinations; over 90% of them have secured places on their first choice university course or degree level apprenticeship, whilst others are looking forward to starting their careers. 

"Following an extremely rigorous process in awarding these grades, I and the exam boards who verified the results, are confident that these results accurately reflect our students’ achievements, ability, and diligence. It is important to note that because of the way A level and BTEC grades were determined this year, comparisons with previous years are unhelpful.   

"We are very proud of all of our students, their parents and our staff, whose fantastic efforts have been richly rewarded. Well done!” 

A snapshot of Sixth Form student success:


Samah achieved an amazing 2 A*s in English Language and Literature and the Extended Project Qualifcation, and 2 As in History and Politics. Samah is going to study BA English at the University of Bristol.  

“I’m excited and happy with my results. I’m going to study English in Bristol now, and in the future, I’d like to work in publishing, and eventually, as a University lecturer. 

“Even though Bournside is a big school the teachers make a real effort to know everyone and to support us. I’d recommend it.” 


Ben achieved 3 As in Computer Science, Physics and the Extended Project Qualification and a B in Maths. Ben will now study BSc Astrophysics and Space Science at Aberystwyth University. 

“My results still haven’t sunk in! I’m so pleased. I went through a stage of wanting to be an Astronaut when I was young – like a lot of people – but it was during my GCSEs I decided what I really wanted to do. I choose a lot of different GCSE subjects to explore my options, and I loved robotics in Computer Science. I went on to look at American aerospace for my Extended Project Qualification. 

“The teachers at Bournside have been so supportive and hands on. I went to all of the extra support sessions for Maths and Physics to consolidate what I’d learnt. It was great. Thank you!” 


Trudi achieved an A in Maths and a B in Physics. Trudi will now study for a Degree Apprenticeship in Electrical Engineering with the Culham Centre for Fusion Energy. 

“I wanted a degree but I wasn’t keen on going to University, so a Degree Apprenticeship felt like a good option for me. The Culham Centre for Fusion Energy is South of Oxford and I’m looking forward to starting. I’ve always liked engineering – I always felt inspired after engineering related school trips or when external speakers came in.”   


Emily achieved 2 Distinctions in Health & Social Care BTEC and a B in Photography. Emily is going to study BSc Occupational Therapy at the University of Worcester. 

“I’ve really enjoyed studying Health and Social Care at Sixth Form, especially learning about the different specifications of health care workers. In the future I’d like to work as a Child Occupational Therapist.  

“The teachers here have been so helpful, especially during Covid. They really pushed me to do our best in my subjects and I’m really happy with the results that they have helped me to achieve. I’d definitely recommend Bournside Sixth Form.” 


Connor achieved an incredible 4 A*s, in Maths, Further Maths, Physics and Computer Science and is going to study Particle Physics (Mphys) at the University of Southampton.  

“I’m so happy with my results. I’ve loved Bournside; the teachers are great and have really supported me, especially in Maths and Further Maths. My family are scientists in different fields, so my interest in science has always been there.  I chose to study with the University of Southampton because of the research year abroad, where I’ll spend a year working with the international research team at CERN in Geneva. That’s what I’d like to do in the future too.” 


Rosie achieved 2 As in Geography and Psychology, a B in Music and a C in Maths. Rosie is going to study BSc Geography at the University of Southampton. 

“I’m really pleased today. I’m going on to study Geography at university. My friends joke, but I love to study rocks and maps. What I’d really like to get into in the future is the mapping of volcanoes and natural disasters.” 


Leyah achieved an A* in English Literature and 2 As in History and Media Studies. Leyah is going to study BA Fashion Marketing and Branding at Nottingham Trent University. 

“So pleased! I’m going to Nottingham Trent University. I choose three universities I liked and then picked Fashion Marketing and Branding at Nottingham Trent because of the great course content."

Leyah’s mum said: “I’m crying because I’m so proud of Leyah. It’s been hard, but she has done amazingly.” 

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