From Budehaven School:
Budehaven Community School students are celebrating the culmination of two year’s hard work with A Level and BTEC examination results.
Headteacher, Dominic Wilkes commented: “The last 18 months, although strewn with challenges, has shown how resilient and hard-working our Sixth Form students are. They have shown us, through their assessments and work throughout their courses, that they can work under varying pressured situations. This has prepared them for their next steps. Well done – we are so proud of you!”
Many students have done exceptionally well, and are heading off to their first choice Universities. Thirty four of our students are going to University, with seven of them having secured a place at a top Russel Group university. Twenty-six have secured employment, and five are having a gap year before pursuing their next steps.
Naomi Cole is attending Exeter University to read Physics; also, following Naomi to Exeter is Lucy Cotter to read Law and Louis Griffith Bird to study PPE. Charlotte Hussey is venturing to Manchester University to read Law and Abby McAuliffe is going to Bristol to read Geography with Quantitative Data Analysis. Rachel Wilkins is travelling to Birmingham University to read Psychology.
Daisy Browning and Charley Graver are going to Bournemouth University, Daisy is reading Criminology and Charley is reading Forensic Science. Plymouth University is always a popular choice and this year proves no different; Ethan Cross is reading Film Making, Ioanna Giannakidou is studying Biomedicine and Bodhi Neve O’Dwyer has achieved some outstanding grades and is going to study Clinical Psychology. Alex Shackleton and Georgina Smith are also going to Plymouth to read Criminology.
University choices are not just confined to the west of England. Charlie Hazeldine is travelling to Reading to study Maths, Dylan Haynes is going to Gloucester to read Creative Writing and James Holmes is travelling to Anglia Ruskin to read Zoology, whilst Alex Purnell is going to Brighton to read Psychology.
Creative degrees are becoming increasingly popular; Louis McCausland is travelling to BIMM Institute to read popular Music performance, Maggie Caddick is travelling to UWE to read Fine Art and Xavier Booth will be reading Sound technology at Glyndwr University, Wrexham.
Budehaven Sixth Form offers a BTEC Extended Diploma in Sport, equivalent to three A Levels. Students achieve well in this subject, year on year and this year’s grades have not disappointed. Seven of this year’s cohort have graded Triple Distinction * – an amazing achievement. This course provides a springboard for higher education for many; Jade Luxton, Keaton Meagan and Kessen Porter are all heading to Marjon to read sport and education related degrees.
Some students have chosen a different career pathway and at Budehaven we support applications to apprenticeships and employment. Will Braunton is joining the RAF, Aaron Goodall has an ICT apprenticeship, and Chloe Luxton, Alex Statton and Adam Pooley have secured accountancy positions in local firms, whilst Emily Pinn has already acquired a Teaching Assistant post at Whitstone.
Assistant Headteacher & Director of Post-16, Matt White, praised the students for their hard work and resilient approach to their studies: ‘”Our students have worked incredibly hard; I look forward to seeing them develop further as they go on to the next steps in their academic careers. Some of our students have overcome difficulties in their lives throughout their time at Budehaven, and their results reinforce their excellent attitude and tenacity”.
Chair of Governors, Laura Mead, was in school for the results morning and commented “I am so impressed with how the students have tackled such a difficult situation, and I am very proud of their achievements, and the hard work of all the staff at this time.”
We congratulate all our students on their successes, and wish them well in all they do.
Salsabil Elmegri, Vice president of National Union of Students (NUS – Further Education) said:
“A massive congratulations to everyone getting their A Level and BTEC results today. From a pandemic to the government messing about with exams, you’ve done this in an environment like no other – whether you’re off to uni, to college or on to an apprenticeship, well done!”
We’re so proud of the record numbers of students getting higher grades. It only goes to show that when grades are given based on the assessment of professional educators who know them well, rather than on one or two high pressure exams, people can achieve their full potential.”
Well done, Budehaven and students everywhere!