AVS duo accepted at Defence College after scooping GCSE grades

Following their GCSE exams two students from Avon Valley School and Performing Arts College have earned places at Welbeck Defence Sixth Form College.


Prior to sitting their exams, Year 11 leavers, Ceri Abbit and Sam Birch were offered conditional places at the prestigious co-educational full boarding college which is funded by the Ministry of Defence. The college, which is situated near Loughborough, offers an A-level education to preselected students wishing to pursue a technical or engineering based career in the armed forces.
In August, Ceri and Sam received their GCSE results and were over the moon to discover that, after months of revision and hard work, they had achieved the grades they needed to be accepted at Welbeck.
For some time both students have eyed a career in the military and have been involved with local cadet groups. Sam who achieved an excellent set of results which included, one A*, 6 A grades, and a new grade 8 in maths, aims to become an RAF officer was part of Rugby sea cadets who are affiliated to submarine HMS Tireless. Ceri, an aspiring army officer who also achieved highly, has been a member of the local Army Cadet Force for a number of years and in June she had the honour of being appointed ‘Lord Lieutenant’s Cadet’ by Mr Timothy Cox who is the Queen’s representative in Warwickshire. As a keen musician Ceri has also served as the county drum major.
Alison Davies, Headteacher, said, “Both Sam and Ceri wonderful examples of what can be achieved through hard work, commitment and effort. For all students waiting for results day is nerve wracking and I am delighted that Sam and Ceri can now take their first steps towards a career in the armed forces. I wish them and all our leavers all the best for the future.”