Budehaven 6th form in top 20 nationally

Photo L to R : Tiegan Goodege, Lizzie Mitchell, Emily Fanson, Sarah Harker, Emma Fanet, Grace McConnell, (Nash Pountney pictured on the phone).

Budehaven Sixth Form has, once again, been placed in the top 20% nationally this year – and has been for the last four years. It is the sixth form here in Bude for the long-term future, despite some false rumours about its alleged ‘demise’.

The Sixth form is a vibrant, healthy outstanding institution offering quality education and real pastoral care.

Budehaven’s level of success is measured using a national system called the Advanced Level Performance System (ALPS).  The analysis takes into account students’ prior achievement at GCSE in order to give a true picture of performance.  Budehaven is ranked in the top 20% of institutions across the country (deemed “Excellent”). Furthermore, the BTEC subjects (Health and Social Care, Media, Outdoor Adventure and ICT) scored very highly, also placed in the top 20%.

On Tuesday 7th November at 6.30 pm, Budehaven Sixth Form hosts its Open Evening, whereby prospective students will be able to meet subject leaders and take a look around the school. Mr White, Assistant Head will be on hand, along with Headteacher, Ms Reynolds, and other Senior Leaders to discuss options and career pathways.

In August, students receive their results and decide where to go to university. The school reported many of the student destinations in mid-August following results day, but while sometimes the decision is made on that day, for a number of students, conversations with universities can go on into September, with some receiving invitations from different universities at the last minute. A quarter of the students that applied to university were accepted onto courses at Russell Group Universities. Alfie Oliver was pleased to discover that he received a place at Bristol University to read Law. Katie Loader was given a place at the University of Exeter to read Geography, a very competitive course, and Nash Pountney is also travelling up the M4/5 to read Religion and Theology at Cardiff.

Other successful students include Malia Barnard and Emily Fanson who were both granted a place at the Cardiff Metropolitan University to read Events Management and Sport and PE respectively. Danny Evans went to Plymouth to read English and Creative Writing. Sarah Harker opted for  UWE Bristol to read Geography and Grace McConnell chose Portsmouth to study Law with Criminology. Keren Davies decided upon Gloucester University to read English Literature and Creative Writing.

The current Year 13 are applying to UCAS between September and January this year. Several students have already applied. Ben Morrison, Will Atkinson and Joseph Hussey have applied to Oxford and Cambridge Universities. Rory Mead has applied to read Sport and Exercise Science at the Universities of Bath, Exeter and Loughborough. Samantha Webster and Blake Jones have applied to read Veterinary Science. In addition, Avril Lynes has applied to read Education and Primary Teaching and has already received the offer of an interview. Ava du Plessis has applied to read Sociology and Psychology at Bath and Exeter.

Budehaven is a very successful sixth form that serves the local community of Bude and surrounding hinterland. As Ofsted stated: “students behave well and develop positive attitudes to study and work, and a good understanding of the world in which they live and how they can make a positive contribution themselves. Teachers demonstrate secure knowledge and plan lessons which engage students’ interest. Students are set appropriate challenges so that they develop good learning skills, and their self- confidence increases as they succeed in meeting challenge. For those who find aspects of their studies difficult, there are several levels of support available that help them to make good progress.”

In conclusion, Budehaven‘s performance at A Level has been outstanding compared to schools nationally. This result reinforces the judgements made by Ofsted in January 2016 that the Sixth Form is “Good.” Ofsted stated “there is strong leadership of the sixth form that promotes progress in learning and the development of personal skills,” and this bodes well for the current Year 12 cohort who have begun their courses this term.

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