‘Strong set’ of results at SGS

STUDENTS at SGS Sixth Form have achieved a “strong set of results”.

South Gloucestershire and Stroud College says 70% of students at its Filton campus achieved grades A*-C in their A-level exams, with 40% of maths and 67% of further maths students securing A* or A grades, and 93% of criminology candidates achieving an A*-C grade.

SGS says 98% of students achieved their qualifications, with six out of ten students on the new BTEC forensics and criminal investigations course achieving distinctions.

Among those celebrating was Bryce Gapper, of Emersons Green, who is heading to Warwick University to study maths after securing A* grades in A-level maths, physics and further maths.

He also took part in SGS Sixth’s Honours Programme, which is designed to “foster a deeper understanding of subjects and encourage critical thinking”.

Bryce said: “I have loved studying here.

“I really like my teachers – they are so kind and supportive.

“I have particularly enjoyed studying whilst doing the rugby academy and I would recommend the programme to anyone wanting to play sport whilst studying.

“I am over the moon with my results. I couldn’t have asked for better.”

The college, which draws students from across the district, says 16 students achieved A*s and As in all of their A-level subjects, and many of them have won places at the top 24 Russell Group research universities.

Another SGS Sixth student mixing academic and sporting success is Isobel Patel, who has won a professional contract at elite women’s cricket team Western Storm and dreams of becoming one of the country’s leading female players. She has also achieved A*, A and B grades in PE, biology and chemistry A-levels and will study sport and medical science.

SGS Sixth pastoral head Gary Parsons said: “Our students’ achievements are a testament to their hard work and dedication, as well as the tireless efforts of our teachers.

“SGS Sixth takes immense pride in providing a nurturing environment enabling students to flourish academically and personally.”

Academic head Becky Riddell paid tribute to staff, saying: “As we celebrate the achievements of our students, it is important to acknowledge the commitment, support, and professionalism our staff has demonstrated this academic year; the late nights, extra revision sessions and countless 121s have been the bedrock upon which our students’ success stories have been built.”