Cleeve School

Cleeve Sixth Form Centre of Excellence Students Overcome All Challenges to Maintain the Centre’s Outstanding Results

No cohort of students at Cleeve Sixth Form Centre of Excellence have faced the challenges and hurdles that have been experienced by the current Year 13 students. However, the continuation of the excellent results achieved by Sixth Form students at Cleeve this year is testament to the work ethic, resilience and positive attitudes of the students. Despite the significant challenges of remote learning, cancelled external examinations and severe limitations on their daily lives, students at Cleeve School Sixth Form are celebrating another year of A level and post-16 vocational success, with a large number of students gaining places at some of the leading Universities and employers in the UK. 

 Head of School, Ben Slatter stated:

 “The two academic years for these students within Sixth Form has clearly seen the most challenging of circumstances, and I would like to once again pay testament to our fantastic students, staff, parents and guardians who throughout have shown courage, determination and an absolute commitment to doing the very best they can. I could not be prouder of our students and staff in the way in which they have met the challenge of remote learning for large periods and then the lead up to our own final assessments in May. The fantastic results achieved are testament to the character of the students and staff I am lucky to lead at Cleeve, and especially the hard work of Mrs Frape and the Sixth Form Leadership Team in supporting all students. All our energy will now go into supporting students in securing the qualifications and destinations they so richly deserve”.

Headline figures for A level have shown a continuation in the excellent results achieved by Cleeve students at both A*, A*-A, A*-B, A*-C and A*-E. Over 60% of all entries were graded A*-B and the pass rate within the Sixth Form Centre was 100%. As well as these headline figures, the Sixth Form is very pleased with the results achieved by our disadvantaged students and those with special educational needs, as well as students who came to us with the lowest prior GCSE grades. The hard work of these students has meant that these groups have made significant gains over their two years of Sixth Form study.

Whilst we are very proud of the achievements of all of our students, within these results there are some exceptional individual performances that deserve particular mention.  For example, some of our top performers at A level include Naomi Hyde (A*, A*, A*, A*) who holds an offer to study Law at Somerville College- Oxford, Bethan Hyde (A*, A*, A*, A*) for Theology and Religion at St John’s- Oxford, Kayleigh Nash (A*, A*, A*, A*) who will be studying Medicine at Cardiff University, and William Harries (A*, A*, A*, A) who holds an offer for Software Engineering at Leicester University.  As well as this there were a higher number of students achieving three A grades or better showing fantastic consistency across three challenging A Levels.

Once again, our hugely valued vocational qualifications in Sport, ICT, Business and Health & Social Care have been incredibly successful this year.  We are confident our value added will remain extremely high and above the national average in this area also. Aimee Williams (Adult Nursing, Manchester Metropolitan), Jessica Lee, Becca Palmer (Mental Health Nursing, Manchester Metropolitan) and Megan Colyer (Social Work, Lancaster University) achieved the highest result in the cohort via Health and Social Care Extended Diploma, achieving an outstanding Distinction*, Distinction*, Distinction*.

As well as the results mentioned above, we are extremely proud of a number of students who have overcome significant hurdles in their lives throughout their time in education and have showed great resilience in order to achieve successful results. The positive results achieved by these students are testament to their character and determination, as well as the support provided by school staff.

As well as the fantastic university destinations mentioned above, we have also been delighted at the number of students this year who have been successful in gaining highly sought-after School Leaver Programmes, Apprenticeships and Further Education colleges at nationally recognised institutions. Our Head Girl, Emilia Edwards used all of her fantastic work in the area of Cyber to secure one of the most highly competitive Degree Apprenticeships in the South West with Lockheed Martin.

We truly value the diverse nature of the destinations our students move onto beyond Cleeve, with Eloise Kightley moving onto study Theatre Dance in London and Sam Moore starting an accounting apprenticeship at Deloitte.
In addition to this, we have had a number of students taking up attractive Business, Management, NHS, Childcare, Law, Finance and Engineering apprenticeships with industry leading companies.

We feel confident this cohort of students will go on to be a fantastic alumnus of the new Centre of Excellence.

Alwyn Richards, Executive Head of Cleeve School, said:

'Everyone connected to Cleeve School and our community should be absolutely delighted with our Sixth Form achievements. Due to the pandemic, students have battled through unprecedented challenges and so to reach this level of success is truly remarkable and richly deserved. I am extremely proud of every single Year 13 student and of the resilience they have shown.

Well done to all the staff and Sixth Form leaders who have worked tirelessly to facilitate this success and many congratulations once again to all of our students who have so much to look forward to as they embark on the next stages of their lives’.