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Bruton School's A Level results 'really fabulous'

More than 88% of girls at Bruton School in Somerset achieved A Level grades between A* and C.

The girls have worked so hard throughout the year and have been such fun to teach.

I am delighted that they have achieved the grades they need to further their education and the majority will go on to study at the University of their choice.”

– Fiona Donaldson, Head of Sixth Form.

I could not be happier with the results achieved this year; especially as this is my first year as headmistress at the school.

I am passionate about education and we are constantly looking at new ways to instil excellence in everything we do – these outstanding results show we are going from strength to strength and I am especially looking forward to the new academic year with our newly remodelled Sixth Form centre."

– Nicola Botterill, Headmistress.

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Academy's 'best ever' for first choice university

City Academy in St George has told ITV News West Country 95% of Sixth Form students received their first choice of university this year.

The former St George Secondary School was one of ex Prime Minister Tony Blair's first Academies and will celebrate its tenth anniversary in September.

It is also the oldest Academy in the whole of the South West of England.

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A-level subject gender gap 'worrying'

A teaching leader said he was "worried" about the huge variance in subjects chosen by girls and boys in their A-levels.

Brian Lightman, general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, said teachers should challenge stereotypical views:

We need, as teachers, to try and raise awareness of these stereotypical views that occur.

But it's a societal thing as well; in wider society we need to try and break those stereotypical models. We need to show role models of people who are doing different things.

– Brian Lightman
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