If you are concerned that you haven’t achieved the GCSE or A-Level results you need, or are hoping for, try not to panic! There are options available that you may not have considered yet, such as re-sitting. At first, the prospect of re-sitting a year might seem unappealing, but there are actually many positives which can arise from retaking exams.
What are the benefits of re-sitting?
You will almost certainly do better.
Remember that the knowledge you have already still counts! The questions in the re-take exam will likely be similar to the questions in your original exam, so the chance of improving your grade is quite high. You will have a better understanding of the work you need to put in to get to where you want to be, and which questions are most likely to appear.
It is only a year, but this may lead you to a better University.
If you choose to re-sit, you may exceed your original expectations. Many of our […]
Although it may feel like social media has been in our lives for a long time, the current generation will be one of the first to navigate their education alongside the presence of technology and social media platforms.
Social media usage is continually growing, even in the past few years. The number of active social media users jumped by 8 million in the UK since 2020 to 53 million users. According to Ofcom, 95% of 16 to 24-year-olds have a social media profile, making them the biggest users of social media in the UK.
Since most students often use social media, we must understand its impact on education.
Negative effects of social media on education
If you think social media doesn’t affect you, think again. According to research at King’s College London, UK adults hugely underestimate how often they check their phones, with most thinking they look at their phones 25 times a day, while studies suggest that most people check their phones 80 […]
Exam season is never easy, so if you’re feeling overwhelmed or anxious, you’re not alone. Stress is a natural, hormonal reaction in which our central nervous system switches to “fight or flight” mode. While a little stress can help motivate you to revise, too much can cause mental and physical symptoms to occur.
It’s important to check in with how we are feeling physically and emotionally so we can recognize when we are getting too stressed. The following is a list of some symptoms you may experience if your stress levels become too high during exams:
Losing touch with friends
Feeling moody and low
Having trouble making decisions
Lack of motivation
Fidgeting, nail biting or teeth grinding
What can I do if I start feeling stressed?
Remember to breathe: set aside a couple of minutes each day to practice mindfulness. This will help to calm your body’s stress response and shift your attention back to the present […]
We want to say a huge congratulations to our former A-Level student James Kennedy for winning the ‘Outstanding Achievement’ Award at the CIFE Awards ceremony hosted at the House of Lords in London in April.
James achieved a fantastic four A*s at Bath Academy and is currently studying Architecture at UCL.
Here’s what our Principal Tim Naylor had to say about his achievements:
“James joined Bath Academy in September 2019 on a two year A Level programme, after his sister had come to the college to re-sit her A Levels very successfully the year previously. Having completed his GCSEs at a nearby independent school in Bath, James chose to transfer to Bath Academy for his sixth form and initially studied Art, Geography, Physics and Spanish. On enrolling, he undertook a standardized psychometric assessment that showed that students with the same GCSE profile as James across the country had achieved three grade AAA on average at A Level at the top 25% of sixth forms. It was clear […]
The average class size in mainstream UK schools has been dramatically increasing for years.
In 2020 this figure was the highest in the last 19 years with the average class size hitting 22. This rise was mirrored by the average size of a secondary school increasing by 2% to 986 pupils. Schools don’t necessarily have the resources and funding available to cater to the rising class sizes, therefore rising figures may negatively impact student’s quality of education. Many parents may be asking what the significance of this rise is for their child and the impact on their education. This is why Bath Academy prides itself on being able to offer small, personal and supportive learning environments for all students due to the proven benefits discussed below:
In small classes, the teacher has the time and ability to cater to individual students ensuring that nobody is left behind or struggling to keep up with the content. In a class of over […]
We catch up with Head of Admissions, Sam Hollingshead, ahead of a very busy period, to talk about how Bath Academy help students achieve higher grades, plans for September 2021, and what a typical admissions period looks like.
“It can be a confusing and stressful time, especially this year, and we are here to reassure students and parents by giving specialist advice in navigating their next steps..”
What does the typical ‘enrolment’ period look like at Bath Academy?
This year, given the difficulties students have endured, there are many with worries about centre assessed grades or the impact on progress made during their studies. We welcome students/parents to contact the college to discuss possible solutions at Bath Academy with myself or the Principal. As we do not have set times of the year set aside for prospective students to visit, our approach is ‘every day is an open day’ at the college.
How does Bath Academy help students who want […]
With students back at school, many are still feeling lost and frustrated following remote learning. The question still remains; how will remote learning impact students’ futures and how can students ensure they develop the necessary academic skills and depth of subject knowledge to reach their goals?
See the article in InBath to see what our Principal has to say about monitoring academic achievement, the importance of personal development, and how Bath Academy can assist students in a personalised learning environment.
If you would like any educational guidance or advice, students and parents are encouraged to ‘drop-in’ for a discussion with one of our advisors – due to COVID-19 safety measures, please initially contact firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 01225 334 577 for a chat or to set up an appointment.
With the disruption to education and unpredictability of exams this year, students and parents are faced with even more uncertainty; how important will mocks and assessments be?; can I re-sit the Autumn Exams if I’m not happy with my results in December?
See the article in InBath to see what our Principal has to say and how Bath Academy can help guide students in uncertain times.
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Highlights of A Level Results 2019 – 2020
A Level Results 2020
· 53% of grades were A*/A
· Percentage of A*-B grades this summer was 79%,
· The average grade improvement by re-sit students this year was 2 grades per subject.
· 18 out of 20 A Level subjects had 100% pass rates;
· 40% of subjects had 100% grades A*-B.
· 92% of all A Level students achieved grades A*-C.
· 87.5% gained placed at their first choice university.
· 72% gained places at Russell Group universities
· 87% A*-C or 9-4 grades
· 52% A*/A or 9/8 (national average was 38%)
As university offers keep rolling in for our students, we are busy collating all the results and helping them navigate their way in making the best choices. We wanted to share this good news, as well as a statement from our Principal, Tim Naylor:
The percentage of A*- B grades this summer was almost 79%,
23% higher than the national average
“We are thrilled to see the exceptional results our […]