A Level Results 2021

Nailsea School is pleased to report some outstanding achievements by its students in their A level and other Level 3 qualifications this summer. Over the last two years, the school has extended the number of vocational qualifications on offer for students alongside traditional A Levels, enabling assessment to take place in a variety of ways, with all methods enabling great progression for further study/careers in chosen fields. 

  • Robbie A secured 4 top A* grades in Chemistry, Physics, Maths and Further Maths and is heading to the University of Bath to study Maths 
  • Meg M was delighted to confirm her university place at UWE studying Diagnostic Radiography following her 2 A* grades and a Distinction * in Biology, History and Health and Social Care 
  • Tobias F will be starting his career with the police after securing A*, Distinction * and Distinction in Criminology, Health and Social Care and ICT 
  • Rebecca E and Amy D both showed that some personally challenging periods in year 10 and 11 did not prevent them excelling at A Level achieving A*, Distinction*, B (in Criminology, Health and Social Care, Geography) and A*, A and B (in Psychology, History and Biology) respectively. Rebecca is going on to study Geography at University of Bristol and Amy to study Physiotherapy at Worcester. 

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Dee Elliott, the school’s head teacher said: “Our staff are immensely proud of all the work and achievements of our students, especially after such a difficult and disrupted year. All of the teachers and support staff worked tirelessly to ensure students were able to progress onto their choice of further education and study. Special mention also to the key role played by parents and carers who have supported their children and our school during this period. This group of students are particularly special for me, as I started my time at Nailsea with them, and I very much look forward to hearing about the future successes of this amazing cohort of young people.” 

This year, following the cancellation of exams, grades were awarded through a process of teacher assessed grades, against a national standard and approved and awarded by the exam boards. The government is not publishing performance data for any schools or colleges this year due to the varying impact of the pandemic. 


4 Year Average Results
from 2017 to 2020
2019 Results2018 Results
A*/A27%25%32%
A* – B55%54%59%
A* – C81%83%82%
A* – E98%99%99%

A Level Results 2020

Year 13 students at Nailsea School are once again celebrating success.

59% of all entries were awarded at A*- B grades with 28% of all qualifications gaining the very top grades.

Year 13s collected their much anticipated results from Nailsea School, in what has been an unprecedented year. A one way system was set up within the school in line with social distance protocols. Separate areas were set up for careers advice with another for pastoral and emotional support, helping students get any additional information that they might need. Many students were very pleased with their results and the school saw an overall increase in headline figures from 2019. With a 3% increase in A*/A, 5% increase in A*/B and a 2% increase in A*- C results.

Mrs Elliott – Headteacher said:

“This group of students have all done something amazing and something no other young person has been asked to do – complete their schooling against a backdrop of a pandemic. I am immensely proud and humbled by the way students, staff and families have responded to this situation. I am thrilled for those students and staff that got the results that they hoped for, but beyond those pieces of paper, our students have all shown immense character and resilience during this entire process and I am exceptionally proud of Team Nailsea. My colleagues and I will continue to be here for all students to make sure they find the success that they deserve and the destination they aspire to.”

Mr Reddiford – Head of Sixth Form said

“On this more difficult than usual results day, we are delighted that so many students got the grades to take the next steps.”

Many students have achieved places at their desired university, college, apprenticeship and workplace, with one student gaining a place to Oxford.


RESULTS 2021

For the second time this week smiles dominated as GCSE students collected their results at Nailsea School.

Some key highlights include:

  • Eddie R who achieved 5 grade 9s and 4 grade 8s, demonstrating his talents in a breadth of subjects, including Engineering, Photography and Music.
  • Chloe S opened her envelope to discover she had been awarded 5 grade 9s, 1 grade 8, 2 grade 7s and a grade 5. Grade 9s were awarded in Combined Science, Maths, History and Engineering.
  • Katie B-G achieved 5 grade 9s and 4 grade 7s, including the top grades in Combined Science, Spanish and Media Studies.
  • Rebecca B had a split of 4 grade 9s and 4 grade 8s – with the top grades in Science, English Literature and Language and History
  • Nathan W was awarded with 4 grade 9s, a Distinction* in ICT, a Distinction in PE, 1 grade 8, and 2 grade 7s
  • Between them twins Jess and Alex O achieved 2 9s and a Distinction* in ICT, 2 Distinctions in PE, 6 grade 8s and 7 grade 7s

Headteacher, Dee Elliott, said:

“I cannot praise this group of young people enough. Many of us have found this period a challenging one, yet the class of 2021 have showed huge resilience and determination and today they have received their rewards. There are a large number of students who have achieved top grades but, as with all occasions at Nailsea, every achievement and success is being celebrated at every grade level. There are a huge number of individual personal achievements within our results today.

I am very much looking forward to seeing the large number of this year group continue their studies with us in the 6th form. It will be great to continue the partnerships with these young people and their families who have also been a huge support over the last two years”.


RESULTS 2020

2020 Results2019 Results
4+ in English82%76%
4+ in Maths83%71%
4+ in English & Maths77%68%
5+ in English & Maths50%37%
All entries 9 – 719%12%
All entries 9 – 480%68%

Students at Nailsea School arrived this morning at the Mizzymead Road site to collect their long awaited GCSE, Vocational and Technical qualifications. For many of the students whose exams were cancelled it was the first time they had been on the Nailsea School site for 5 months.

The journey to this point has not been an easy one, with highly publicised changes in government policy and a further change made at the last minute with an announcement from an exam board who will now be holding back results for further moderation.

Mrs Elliott, Headteacher said : –

“The last week or so has been incredibly challenging for all students collecting results this summer. However, it is not the day for me to become involved in political statements – today is about our students, who we have all missed greatly and of whom I’m immensely proud.

I was genuinely excited to see them collecting their GCSE and vocational results- the culmination of their hard work and resilience over a number of years. Students have been successful in gaining places on a range of apprenticeships, college courses and we are thrilled to be welcoming back the largest number of applicants to Nailsea Sixth Form that we have seen in recent years. It will be an absolute pleasure to see these students returning next month to begin their Level 3 courses. I wish those that are going on to new adventures all the best of luck and ask them to keep in touch. This year group certainly has a special place in our hearts and we will miss them”

  • Ebacc Entrants = 33% (2020 figures)
  • Ebacc Average point score = 4.09 (2020 figures)

In accordance with national guidance no statistical figures or measures are being reported for 2021 results.

The number of pupils who stay in education or enter into employment after studying at Nailsea School is 94%

  • 2019 Progress 8 figure = -0.69
  • 2019 Attainment 8 figure = 46.7

In accordance with national guidance no statistical figures or measures are being reported for 2020 / 2021 results.

In 2017 the Government changed the way progress is measured at secondary school. The new system is called Progress 8 and it tracks the progress children make from leaving primary school to leaving secondary school. The aim of the new measure is to encourage good quality teaching across a broad curriculum.

Progress 8 and Attainment 8 are based on pupils’ performance in eight qualifications.

  • Element 1- English & Maths (double weighting)
  • Element 2 – Three Ebacc subjects (Sciences, Languages, History or Geography)
  • Element 3 – Three highest scores from a range of other qualifications, including GCSEs and approved non-GCSEs.

The average Progress 8 score of all secondary schools nationally is 0. schools with a Progress 8 score of below -0.5 are not deemed to be achieving the minimum standard expected by the Government. A score of +0.5 or above shows that pupils in that school are making well above the expected level of progress.

In 2019, Nailsea School’s Progress 8 score was measured as -0.69, which is a low measure. The reason behind this is that Nailsea School does not make it compulsory for its students to take the eight subjects that count towards the overall score in the new progress measure. At Nailsea School students are given a choice to find a pathway that suits their own needs and skills. Students may choose to study GCSEs in Media, Fine Art, Drama, IT, Business, Photography, Sports, Engineering, Food & Nutrition, Fashion & Textiles or Music – none of which are Ebacc subjects, and therefore do not wholly count towards the Progress 8 score, despite the attainment.

Although this more flexible approach works positively for the students, this has impacted negatively on Nailsea School’s overall Progress 8 outcome. This explains why our Progress 8 score is at odds with our GCSE attainment results in subjects, including in English and Maths, which are above national average.

Headteacher, Mrs Elliott commented, “GCSE results day is always one full of emotions. Behind every single grade there are individual stories of perseverance and resilience that cannot be measured in these overall accountability measures. I continue to be immensely proud of our students’ achievements.”

Nailsea School is committed to not only improving its Progress 8 score, but to maintaining its core values of investing in the whole child, to see them as individuals. We endeavour to find a solution which meets both Government standards and invests in the whole child.