A-level joy for University of Birmingham School’s first graduates
One of Birmingham’s newest schools is celebrating its first ever set of A-level results – and the first ever cohort of its students to go onto university.
The University of Birmingham School has only been open for two years, and 51% of all entries were graded A*-B. Above 22% of all entries in this first year were graded A* or A. The proportion of the top grade of A* awarded to students at the School was 7.3%.
All of its 157 students who sat A-levels at the School this year have passed at least one.
Many of the students are now taking up their places at some of the country’s top universities, including 14 heading to the University of Birmingham itself, and 45 accepting places at Russell Group institutions.
Twenty-nine students achieved a minimum of AAB grades which included at least two facilitating subjects – so-called because taking two or more of these traditional academic subjects leaves a wide range of options for university study open to students. At the University of Birmingham School, 86.5% of A-level entries are in these subjects, compared to a national figure of 51.7%.
Six students achieved at least three A*s in their courses. Two of these students are now heading to Oxford to take up their places. Jamie Fisher, who achieved 3 A*s, will be studying Physics.
Of his time at UoB School, Jamie said: “I’ve loved my time at the University of Birmingham School. I’d say the best bit is just getting to completely tear up the idea of social groups and everyone being able to make friends with each other. Enrichment has been great for that too, being with different people for each option.”
Declan Grant will also go to Oxford to study Engineering after also achieving 3 A*s.
Gerard Henry, who is planning to go to the University of Warwick to study Engineering, achieved 4A*s. Oliver Page will be heading to Durham to study Natural Sciences after gaining 3 A*s and an A. And Junaid Choudhry will be taking up his place to study Dentistry at King’s College London, after achieving 3 A* grades. Anupreet Singh Lohia also achieved 3 A*s. He will be studying Physics with theoretical physics at Imperial College London.
Esthel Carreon is one of the 14 students who will become a University of Birmingham student this autumn, studying Medicine, after achieving one A* and two As. Andrew Fox will also be heading to Birmingham to study Biochemistry with his grades of 2 A*s and an A. Anya Abraham will be heading to the University of Manchester to study chemical engineering after gaining an A* and 2 As.
Principal Michael Roden said: “I would like to congratulate our first Year 13 cohort, their parents and all of the staff community at the University of Birmingham School on a successful first set of A-level results. We wish the first alumni every success as they move on to the next stage of their careers. We are confident that they have developed the character virtues which will allow them to fulfil our ambition for them to become successful, engaged citizens able and willing to make a true contribution to the lives of others.”
Headline Figures 2017
- Overall progress score: -0.40
- Average score per A level entry: 31.97 (C+)
- Average score per academic entry: 31.97 (C+)
- Retention rate: 98.8%