Record breaking A Level results as our sixth formers continue to excel

Record breaking A Level results as our sixth formers continue to excel

  • New records broken in certain key areas
  • Nearly 4 in 10 grades at the exceptionally demanding A-A* level, in contrast to national statistics released today
  • 100 % pass rate once again and exceptional university successes
  • Oxbridge successes in science, modern languages and history
  • A number of medics and dentists have places on prestigious courses
  • The vast majority of BGS students will be starting on the university course of their choice next month – with a high percentage of students set to begin courses at Russell Group universities.

Bury Grammar School is enjoying some of its best ever record breaking results as our sixth formers continue to excel

Sixth Form students at Bury Grammar School are celebrating yet another year of record- breaking A Level results and achieving the university places of their choice. Last year’s results bowled us over, but of course we always aim to build on our success, and we are delighted to share the news that this year’s students have done so in spectacular fashion. The aim of the reformed, more rigorous A Levels sat by students this summer was to offer greater academic and intellectual challenge – a challenge which BGS sixth formers have clearly relished, as the rise in A Level grades for a third consecutive year indicates.

  • This year’s results have broken new records, surpassing last year’s outstanding achievements in key areas - particularly at the A/A* level.
  • More than one in ten grades is at the elite A* standard and close to four in ten grades (39% ) of grades are at the exceptional A/A*  level, up from 37% A/A* last year, surpassing expectations.  This achievement is even more impressive in light of national figures released today which show the number of A* and A grades awarded is the lowest in 12 years.
  • There is a 100% pass rate and a rise in the number of pupils who are perhaps less naturally academic securing top grades.
  • In all seventeen students received at least one A* grade- a standard which is notoriously difficult to achieve at A Level and is recognised by the country’s top universities.  These grades are the result of high levels of dedication and a thirst for knowledge from our students coupled with unrivalled support from our teachers.
  • An impressive 16 students received a clean sweep of A* and A grades across a variety of core subjects.  Almost half of this year’s cohort achieved grades within the ‘gold standard’ (A*- B) in all their examinations.  The gold standard holds high regard and opens doors to many competitive university courses and rewarding careers.
  • ‘Value added’ is outstanding across the board, demonstrating that the excellent teaching and support offered by BGS teachers makes all the difference.
  • Certain individual performances are considerably beyond expectations, thanks to unrivalled academic support and pastoral care.
  • The overall trend is of a continual strengthening of BGS A Level results.

‘Golden’ academic departments

In the following departments, the majority of students achieved the ‘gold standard’ of A*-B:

  • Art
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computing
  • Economics
  • English Language
  • English Literature
  • French
  • Geography
  • German
  • History
  • Maths
  • Further Maths
  • Politics
  • Physics
  • Psychology

Promising university outcomes & Oxbridge Success

At the time of writing, we are extremely optimistic about university outcomes. The key aim of BGS Sixth Form is to prepare students to win places on the course and at the university of their choice and it appears that the vast majority of students will, once again, have succeeded in gaining a place on the course and at the university of their choice.

Two students have successfully secured places on extremely competitive courses at highly-sought after Oxbridge colleges. Elizabeth Ealing achieved straight A* grades in Physics, French, Maths and Further Maths, as well as being awarded an A* in her EPQ. Elizabeth will read Physics at Oxford. Kate Higgins has secured a place to read History with French at Cambridge after successfully achieving an A* in both History and Politics, and an A grade in French.

Medicine has been the elected subject of choice for many of our students who have also been successful in securing places on their chosen courses. Iggy Kozlowski will read Medicine at Nottingham after achieving a clean sweep of A* grades in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Zahra Rezai also leaves us to read Medicine at Manchester after achieving straight A grades in Biology, Chemistry and Maths, Sanjush Dalmia leaves BGS to read Medicine at Leeds after achieving an impressive 3 A*s in Chemistry, Biology and Maths and an A in English and Rachel Shepherd, who gained A* grades in Biology and Geography, and an A grade in Chemistry will take up her place at Birmingham also to read Medicine. Haasaan Tahir has secured a place at Manchester to study Dentistry after achieving A grades in Biology and Physics and a B in Chemistry.

“Really proud of what I have achieved. Huge thanks to all the staff for the support” – Ignacy Kozlowsi

As all BGS students look positively towards the future, one student in particular has his sights set firmly on the stars. Jack Smith leaves BGS with an impressive set of grades; A*,A & A to study Astrophysics at The University of Edinburgh.

Sam Littler has secured a place to study Economics at the University of Leeds after achieving A* grades in Economics and Business Studies and a grade A in Politics.

“I am very excited at the prospect of continuing my education and feel BGS have prepared me in good stead. Special thanks to the great standard of teachers over the past two years.” Sam Littler

Nottingham- Civil Engineering (Anisha Patel)

Aliza Mahmood attained an A* in Geography and A grades in Economics and German. She leaves BGS to study Civil Engineering at the prestigious London School of Economics.

“I am so happy that I got into my first choice university LSE. I could not have done it without the help from my teachers who constantly pushed me to do better!”
Aliza Mahmood

Maria Bracegirdle achieved a clean sweep of A grades in Physics, Maths and Computer Science and leaves BGS for the University of Warwick to study Computer Systems Engineering.

Major pastoral successes and significant personal challenges overcome – some impressive achievements behind the headlines

Mrs Jo Anderson, Principal, says ‘A number of our students overcame significant personal challenges during their Sixth Form careers and were exceptionally well cared for by teachers, tutors, the pastoral team and the health team. While these stories are unlikely ever to appear in the headlines, it is important to recognise the extent to which BGS staff and parents have worked together to offer the very best support and guidance to our young people; in certain cases, it is absolutely true to say this support has changed the course of students’ lives. We would like to say a huge ‘thank you’ to all BGS staff who have offered such support: it is what Bury Grammar School is all about.’

Mrs Lindsey Anderson, Senior Health Support Worker at BGS, has supported many students pastorally throughout their BGS experience, she added ‘So lovely seeing the successes of today’s A level results having shared the journey with some students since Year 3, wishing them all the very best as they leave us to move onto the next chapter.

Staff Quotes
‘We are absolutely thrilled with our students’ achievements and over the moon that the vast majority of them will be embarking upon their first choice university course next month: they have made their futures secure by working incredibly hard and obtaining the best results possible. While it is pleasing that records have again been broken, today is all about the people and I am delighted for students, parents and staff to have seen so many happy faces this morning.
How are Bury Grammar sixth formers continuing to achieve such extraordinary results in an era or more challenging A Levels? It is simple: we believe in our pupils; expert teachers and support staff go out of the way to help them; we understand the demands of 21st century teenage life; we have fun teaching and learning; and we never give up. I would like to offer students, parents and teachers my warmest congratulations and look forward to hearing of the class of 2019’s future achievements and joys in the years to come.’  Mrs Jo Anderson, Principal and Headmistress
‘I am absolutely delighted with the students' achievements which are the result of hard work and dedication to their studies.  They are also reflective of the personalised care and expert teaching provided by our superb teaching staff who go some way beyond expectations to ensure that the students are thoroughly prepared and take the exams in their stride.  Indeed I would go as far as to say the level of pastoral care which our students receive at Bury Grammar School is second to none and something I am very proud of.  And as I say every year, the results seldom tell the whole story  Whilst there are many pupils who have achieved phenomenal results, there are also those whose results are more modest but who should be very proud; indeed sometimes these achievements are equally if not more impressive.  I wish our students well as the next exciting chapter in their lives opens.’ Mr Devin Cassidy, Headmaster and Vice Principal
‘We are delighted with our exceptional examination results this year. They acknowledge the hard work and dedication of our students- and are all the more impressive when we consider their commitment to the wider Bury Grammar School community. These students have embraced a variety of enrichment opportunities within the Sixth Form and many of them have regularly demonstrated high levels of leadership qualities, through their involvement within our Sixth Form Leadership Team. Alongside phenomenal academic success, our Sixth Form students are talented musicians, gifted actors, elite sportsmen and women and mature leaders. We are today, as always, an extremely proud school as our students embark upon their next steps as well- rounded, determined and successful young adults. We wish them all the very best.’   Mrs Holly Hammond- Head of Sixth Form
‘This impressive outcome would not have been possible without the hard work and dedication of our staff at BGS, who go above and beyond to support our Sixth Form students on a daily basis. The Sixth Form team have a wealth of knowledge and experience in the UCAS application process, apprenticeships and other Higher Education routes. Each of our students receives individual support, tailored to their future aspirations. As is the case every year, we are sad to see our Year 13 students depart, but we know they remain a part of our Bury Grammar School community and we hope they will keep informed of their future achievements’  Mr Dave Newbury- Deputy Head of Sixth Form
As Bury Grammar School prepares to enter its momentus 450th academic year, it is clear to see the Sixth Form is going from strength to strength and the outstanding A Level results received today confirm that decisions made for our Sixth Form students over the past few years have definitely been the right ones! We are, as always, are very proud school, we are elated for all our students and we wish them the very best of luck with everything their future holds for them.