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Budehaven Sixth Form is placed in the top 10% nationally this year. The level of success was 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 10% of institutions across the country (deemed “Outstanding”). Furthermore, the BTEC subjects (Health and Social Care, Media, Outdoor Adventure and ICT) scored very highly, also placed in the top 10%.
On Tuesday 8th November at 6.30 pm, Budehaven Sixth Form host their 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 Head teacher 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 whilst sometimes the decision is made on that day, for other students conversations with universities can go on into September, with some receiving invitations from different universities at the last minute. Matthew Thain was pleased to discover that he received a place at Reading University to read Geography. Isabelle Williams was given a place at University of West of England, Bristol to read History, a very competitive course, and Charlotte Whitfield is also travelling up the M4/5 to read Psychology at Cardiff.
Other successful students include Ellie Townsend and Chloe Haggarty who have both been given a place at the University of Cardiff to read English Literature and Law and Criminology respectively. Dillon Wilkinson is going to Liverpool to read Politics. Jack Savage is going to Swansea to read Biology and Stephen White is going to Marjons to study English. James Hambly is going to Loughborough University to read Design Engineering.
The current Year 13 are applying to UCAS between September and January this year. Several students have already applied. Alfie Oliver has applied to Oxford University to read Law. Shaun Foster, Finn Roper, Lowenna Hooper and Molly Turner have all applied to The University of Cambridge. Shaun is intending to read Modern and Medieval Languages, Molly will read History, Finn will study Physics and Lowenna will read Maths. Olivia Angilley has applied to Bristol and Cardiff to read Dentistry.
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” (ALPS 2016) this year compared to schools nationally. This result reinforces the judgements made by Ofsted in January and December 2015 that the Sixth Form is “Good and improving.” 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.
6th Form Pastoral