A-level results day 2016: Da Vinci Studio School, Stevenage
PUBLISHED: 14:36 18 August 2016 | UPDATED: 15:16 18 August 2016
The principal of the Da Vinci Studio School of Science and Engineering in Stevenage says they have a bumper crop of star performers in this morning's A-level results, including a student who secured his place at Cambridge University.
More than 67 per cent of A-level and BTEC results were awarded ‘the highest grades’ according to the school, and principal Miraz Triggs is thrilled that so many students have got into the university of their choice.
“We are delighted that the hard work of our students has paid off,” he said. “We have some very talented young people are we are thrilled to be able to support them to achieve their goals.
“We feel that the school’s blend of strong teaching and real workplace learning has helped students’ progress to some fantastic universities and apprenticeships.”
Star performer Aaron Marsh achieved three A* grades and an A and will be taking up a place to read Natural Sciences at Clare College, Cambridge.
He said: “Securing a place at Cambridge University was an ambitious target and I’m thrilled that I have reached it.
“The teaching at Da Vinci has been really good – they’re all really passionate and encouraging.
“The highlight for me has been the friends that I’ve made, the great teaching and today – finding out that I’ve reached my goal.
“I’m really looking forward to heading off to university, and I’d like to thank all of the teachers at Da Vinci for helping me get to this point.”
Jamie Barnes achieved two A grades and a B and will be going to Exeter University to study Zoology. Benjamin Cox achieved an A*, an A and a B and will be studying mathematics in Edinburgh from September.
Jamie said: “I’ve had a great time at Da Vinci and I’m pleased with my results. One thing that really stood out to me as a bonus of studying here was the small class sizes – it meant our learning was more personalised and we had more one-on-one time with tutors.
“I’m sad to be leaving, but can’t wait for the next challenge at university.”
Michael Welshman achieved two Distinction Stars and a Distinction on his BTEC Engineering programme and will be starting an apprenticeship with Johnson Matthey at the end of August.
Thomas Middleton achieved three Distinction Stars, the maximum possible grade, on his Level 3 Applied Science course and will be studying Adult Nursing at Hull University from October.
From September the Da Vinci sixth form courses will merge with the post-16 provision at North Hertfordshire College and The Thomas Alleyne Academy.