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BSS 2017 Year 13 Results

BSS 2017 Year 13 Results

BSS 2017 Year 13 Results


Our year 13 students at The Bath Student School are celebrating well deserved success  having received excellent A level and BTEC Level 3 Technical qualifications.  In particular, the number of students achieving the best possible grades A* - B equivalent  has increased dramatically by 9% to 25% of the year group  reflecting the strong, aspirational ethos of  our sixth form.




Colin Cattanach, Principal, welcomed the results:


 ‘Our Sixth form this year was recognised by Ofsted as being ‘Good’ based on last year’s very good results. Today we celebrate even better year 13 results with significantly more of our students achieving top grades.  The standards of teaching in the sixth form are excellent and the students over the last 2 years have responded with enormous commitment to secure the best possible grades.  All of our year 13 students have been outstanding ambassadors for our school. Our unique approach to education in the city, grounded in academic excellence but also uniquely tailored to prepare young people for the world of work and University has clearly delivered our mission to transform life chances and enabled all of our students to experience success. We are profoundly proud of their achievements reflected in today’s results. We look forward to welcoming new students to our sixth form in September and still have places available’






25% of our students achieved the top grades of A*- B  in 2017 compared to 16% in 2016. We have improved the % of top grade achievement by 9% in one year.




  • Our overall average grade per entry  (A levels and BTECS combined) is Grade C+  in 2017 compared to Grade C in 2016




  • Our BTEC Technical qualifications, much valued by employers and Universities improved in 2017 with an average grade of Distinction up from a Merit in 2016.




  • 100% ‘ A’ grade pass rate for the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) much valued by Universities




  • 100% pass rate for all qualifications  A* - E




Our sixth form results in 2017 show a marked improvement in top grade achievement. Our students have performed magnificently across both academic and technical subjects and nearly 40% are Progressing to University with the remaining 60% moving on to apprenticeships or gaining employment with local employers such as Future Publishing.


Notable Individual Success Stories


Herbie Johnson  -    4 Distinction *  grades in  IT and Business Studies.  


Isabelle Johnson -   3 Distinctions, 1 Merit  in Business and TV & Film Studies.


Sam Kenyon Hamp  2 Distinction * grades in  TV and Film,  A grade in EPQ, C grade in English Lit  


Sol Rosser 2 Distinction * in IT, Distinction in Software Games Development


Alex Sutherland  2 Distinction *  and Distinction in   TV & Film Studies and Software Games Development


 Colin Cattanach, Principal added


‘I am delighted with these results. Our students have worked very hard to achieve incredible success. Coupled with their extensive work experience, they are really well prepared for the next stage in their lives. All of our students who applied to University have been offered their 1st choice places.’




Andrea Arlidge, CEO of Wellsway Multi-academy Trust who runs The Bath Studio School said:




‘I am delighted with the results at The Bath Studio School and congratulate all the students and staff for all their hard work.  What is particularly pleasing is the 100% pass rate and the fact that all of the students are able to progress in their chosen careers and University courses.’









Adopt a School

Adopt a School

Adopt a School

Adopt a School programme links IKB Academy and Campbell Reith


A new partnership between one of our academies and an engineering consultancy is being built on firm foundations.

IKB Academy, which specialises in science and engineering, has formed a link with Campbell Reith, a long-established international practice that has its Bristol base in Pixash Lane, Keynsham.

Campbell Reith has partnered with IKB, which opened in Keynsham two years ago for students aged 14 to 19, under the construction industry's Adopt a School programme.

This is aimed at ensuring that talented young people discover all the options available for a career in construction.

Campbell Reith and IKB marked the launch of their partnership with an immersion day, in which employees spent time in the classroom and students visited the company's Holburne Park development on the Warminster Road, Bath, where Campbell Reith is building luxury homes. This enabled them to see various stages of the construction process, visit the marketing suite and talk to the contractors. 

The students, who are pursuing academic A-level and GCSE courses as well as undertaking regular work experience with employers linked to science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects were fired with enthusiasm.

Riana Cano said: “There were so many interesting things to see on site and I really enjoyed looking at the different aspects of construction”.

Saule Bausyte said: “It was great to see the houses that were almost finished and try to imagine how they’ll look when all the furnishings are in as I’d like to be an interior designer”

Debbie Gibbs, principal of IKB Academy, said: “It is really important for us to collaborate with local employers in the STEM sector. The Adopt a School programme is a great way to make those links for the benefit of the students and the businesses that are involved.

“Partnering an engineering consultancy covers so many areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths and these subjects are at the heart of what we offer students here at IKB. It is also important that we partner an organisation with many different routes into the industry as our students leave to study at university as well as via higher and degree apprenticeships.  Working with a local company offering a full range of employability options is a real bonus.  I am very excited about the benefits this will bring to the classroom and to the industry.”

Jamie Siggers, from Campbell Reith, said: “We are very pleased to formalise this relationship with IKB Academy through Constructing Excellence South West's Adopt-A-School initiative. We have held a relationship with IKB as our local academy since their inception, but this new relationship provides more scope to support the curriculum and to encourage students into our diverse and rewarding industry. “The launch event was a special occasion for CampbellReith, allowing us to talk to the students about Holburne Park, which is a key project for our Bristol office with many interesting challenges, but more importantly to introduce them to a live construction site, where every stage of house-building is evident on a very prestigious development. ”We are proud to be involved in the scheme and look forward to organising future events with IKB Academy”.








Mayden Academy Trip

Mayden Academy Trip

Mayden Academy Trip

As part of the Level 3 BTEC in Information Technology, The Bath Studio School took a class of 6 Year 12 students to visit the Mayden Academy in Widcombe, Bath. The Mayden Academy is an initiative setup by healthcare software company, Mayden, offering an intensive 16 week training program to people aged over 18 interested in learning the ins and outs of programming and software development.


As part of the visit, students were shown around the business and met with employees in every functional area; from server and system maintenance, to marketing, software testing and human resources. Following their tour, our students took part in a short coding activity where they were required to build a web-based game from scratch using HTML, CSS and Javascript with the guidance of some of Mayden's highly skilled team, furthering their existing skills in programming.


When asked how they felt about the trip, students had the following to say:

"I really enjoyed the trip to the Mayden Academy, it showed me that there are more options available to me after sixth form other than university and it helped to further develop my coding skills using JQuery" - Sam Adams, Year 12 "It was really cool, I might look into the academy after I finish at TBSS" - Aletia Spencer-Jones, Year 12


The short outing was a great success for students and further strengthens links between The Bath Studio School and its partners in industry. We look forward to being able to offer more trips like this for our students and would like to thank Mayden for the opportunity.

The WMAT Welcomes Two New Schools

The WMAT Welcomes Two New Schools

Chandag Infants School logoWellsway Multi Academy Trust is delighted to announce two new additions to our family of schools.

Chandag Infant School and Chandag Junior School, whose sites adjoin our Keynsham campus, have been given approval in principle to become members of the trust.

They will join our two successful mainstream primary schools, St John’s Church of England in Keynsham and  Saltford Church of England, as well as our primary provision at Aspire Academy, and the new Bishop Hancock Church of England Primary in east Keynsham, which will open in 2018.

The move will enable even stronger collaboration, building on best practice and sharing expertise to the benefit of all the children and families we serve.

Governors of both the infant and junior schools have been told their academy orders have been approved by the Regional School Commissioner’s Office and both schools are expected to become trust members later this year.

Chandag Junior School logoDr Matthew Cottrell, Director of Primary and Deputy Chief Executive of WMAT, said: “We are thrilled that these two schools have chosen to join the trust after consulting their staff and parents. We already work closely with other schools in our locality but this formal partnership will enable us to develop those links still further and support one another to provide the very best education for all.

“We will have a centre of excellence in Keynsham, with an infant and junior school, a large secondary and sixth form at Wellsway and specialist vocational provision at IKB Academy providing unrivalled opportunities for children and young people.”

The new additions will mean that by September 2018, Wellsway Multi Academy Trust will be educating about 4,000 children aged four to 19 in ten schools.