A-level success for University of Birmingham School students
16 August 2018
Students from University of Birmingham School are celebrating their A-level results, as they become the second cohort of young people to gain their grades at the three-year-old School.
Almost half of the School’s entries hit the top grades, with 48% of entries achieving at least a B grade. Over 23% of entries were A* and A grades, and 7% of entries were A*s.
And over 20% of the 142 students who sat A-levels at the School this year achieve a minimum of AAB grades, with at least two of their passes in 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.
Many of the School’s students will be heading to top universities this autumn – including 19 who will take up their places at University of Birmingham. A further 27 students have earned places at other Russell Group universities.
This includes Saade Mohammed who will be studying Medicine at Birmingham after achieving grades of AAA in biology, chemistry and mathematics. She said: “I’m incredulous, absolutely over the moon, it’s been such a lot of hard work. In May I felt ready to give up at times, but I didn’t, I kept going, and this is why. My teachers here have been really supportive – without them, I wouldn’t be here where I am today.”
Six students achieved at least three straight A*s in their courses, with a further two scoring two A*s and seven achieving at least one A*.
Joshua Ryman achieved four A-levels with A*s in three subjects – mathematics, further mathematics and physics, and an A in French. As a result, he has secured his place at Oxford to study mathematics. He said: “I’m so pleased; I couldn’t ask for a better situation as I leave School. University of Birmingham School has been such a stable environment to prepare for University.”
Zaiyed Chowdhury, Amy Conroy, Simeon Conway-Jones, Rashid Faqiri and Sam Pratt all achieved three A* grades. Zaiyed is going to Birmingham to study physics, whilst Sam is going to Manchester and Rashid to Imperial College to study the same subject. Amy will be studying medicine at Leeds, and Simeon will be doing mechanical engineering at Bristol.
Principal Michael Roden, who is retiring at the end of the summer said: “I cannot think of a better way to spend my final days as Principal of this School other than seeing our dedicated young people reap the benefits of their hard work during their two years with us at University of Birmingham School. They, their families, and the staff here at School, deserve real congratulations on their results.
“Alongside their studies, I know our students have developed their character virtues which will make them engaged and committed citizens as they embark upon the next phase of their lives. I look forward to remaining in touch with them as they go on to make a difference to society and to the lives of others.”
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%