Record A-level performance at Bristol Cathedral Choir School

PRESS RELEASE – with photos.

Bristol Cathedral Choir School students are today [18th August 2016] celebrating the best A-level results the academy has ever achieved. 

Seventy per cent of all A-levels taken received A*-B grades – a further improvement on last year’s very strong figure of 60% that is in line with a rising trend in A-level results at the school over the past four years. Well over a third of the results (35%) were at A* or A – up from 30% last year.

Congratulating the A-level students, Head of School Paul Atkins said: “These are the strongest results in the school’s history and we are absolutely delighted that all the hard work of students has paid off. They also reflect the expertise of our teachers and their dedication in going the extra mile to support the students.

“The Sixth Form at BCCS goes from strength to strength and has built a consistent record of academic success in recent years, and these results provide fresh confirmation of that.” Mr Atkins said there are still a number of Year 12 places available this September; he urged anyone interested in applying to visit the school website for details of how to apply.

There were excellent results across all departments. Most of the Year 13 leavers have secured places at their chosen universities, with three having offers of places at Oxbridge.

A quarter of all students achieved grades averaging out at three grade As or higher, while three students – Eleanor Brook, Noah Crew-Gee and Freddie Eyles – achieved the remarkable feat of earning straight A*s across all their subjects.

Pictured left to right in photo 1 are five of the students who achieved all A* or A grades: 

•    Ellie Brook, whose A*s in Biology, Maths and Chemistry secured her place to read Natural Sciences at Leeds University
•    Farai Chiwah, who achieved A grades in Biology, Chemistry and Mathematics, and an A in his Extended Project Qualification. He plans to apply to study Medicine after taking a gap year.
•    Freddie Eyles, whose run of A*s in Mathematics, Chemistry and Physics won his place to study Natural Sciences at UCL
•    Sam Brett, who will take up his place to read Law at Cardiff, having gained A* in Chemistry, with As in Mathematics and History.
•    Ben Liew, one of the successful Oxbridge candidates. Ben achieved A*s in History and English, and an A in Mathematics. He will read History at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford. His ambition is to go to Sandhurst and join the Parachute Regiment.

Bristol Cathedral Choir School, which specialises in Music, re-opened as an Academy in 2008, having previously been a fee-paying school. Its history goes back to the 12th century and it is therefore Bristol’s oldest school.

The school offers a full range of A-levels, including the ‘facilitating subjects’ listed by the Russell Group as the subjects that its 24 leading universities require for access to the widest range of courses. These range from English Literature and modern languages to geography, history, mathematics and the sciences.

In February this year, BCCS celebrated the publication of an ‘outstanding’ Ofsted report with a special celebratory ringing of the Cathedral bells. Following Ofsted’s verdict, the school also successfully applied for Teaching School status.

The Cathedral Schools Trust is awaiting the outcome of the bid to provide a new secondary school in Bristol, Cathedral Enterprise School, building on the success of BCCS.


Issued on behalf of Bristol Cathedral Choir School by Edge Media
MEDIA CONTACTS: Paul Atkins, Head of School, on 0117 353 5000