Posted on: 13/08/2020



Students at MA.16 (Merchants' Academy Sixth Form) are celebrating today after receiving fantastic A-level and BTEC results with all teacher-predicted grades upheld by the exam board.

38% of A-level students achieved grades A*-B, against 3% in 2019, 94% achieved grades A*-C and 100% achieved grades A*-E. Improvements spanned attainment and progress across academic and vocational subjects, with the value-added score over half a grade above the national average. 

Merchants’ Academy has been on an upward trajectory over the past 12 months, with the most recent visit from Ofsted confirming that we are improving.

Executive Principal, Sam Williamson

A-level subjects that scored particularly well include sociology and business studies where all students gained at least a grade C. In BTEC subjects, health and social care, ICT and sport also scored highly.

Kizzy Harris was among those celebrating today at Merchants' Academy, as she accepted a place at the University of Bristol to study Business Management. "I've always dreamed of being a business consultant," said Kizzy, “but I didn’t think that someone like me would ever go to university. To tell my family that I’ll be heading to Bristol Uni next month had us all in floods of tears! My teachers have been amazing and I am just bursting with pride!"

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It’s been a nerve-wracking few weeks for students and teachers, as the goal posts for final grades have moved several times.

Executive Principal, Sam Williamson

Message from David Watson, CEO Venturers Trust:

"During the past six months, we have seen young people develop and utilise a wide range of valuable life skills, including resilience and courage. Faced with unexpected hurdles, the Merchants’ Academy community has risen to every challenge. The teacher-led and peer-to-peer support and encouragement for students has been inspirational to witness. We are ambitious for all our students and with today’s hard-earned and well-deserved results, these capable young people will now take the next steps in building bright futures for themselves and their families."


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