Our academies have achieved improved results from the record trust outcomes in 2019. These were in line with those that were expected following hard work by our students and staff.
Mildenhall College Academy, Mildenhall, Suffolk
Haydn Fox did exceptionally well and achieved 10 Grade 9s, this means he got the top grade in all of his GCSE subjects including history, maths, English and physics.
Reece Bright achieved five Grade 9s, four Grade 8s and a Grade 7.
Rebecca Towler achieved Grade 7 and above in all eleven of her subjects including Grade 9 in physics.
Jessie Beale achieved Grade 7 and above in all ten subjects including Grade 9 in history.
Ben Hobbs achieved at least Grade 7 in all 10 subjects with two at Grade 9.
Jade Scott achieved four Grade 7s, two Grade 8s and three Grade 9s.
Comment from Nicola Hood, Principal: ”I am really pleased for all of our students and feel they have been fairly rewarded for their hard work. The students have shown exceptional commitment and resilience during what has been a very difficult time. I am incredibly proud of each and every one of them. As an academy we are delighted with how well the students have done in all subjects. The grades awarded to students reflect their ability, hard work and effort throughout their time at MCA. They will now all be able to go on to their planned destinations with many taking up their place at Mildenhall’s Sixth Form, MCA6.”
Westbourne Academy, Ipswich, Suffolk
A wide range of students secured some strong grades that will help secure the next stage of their education. There were some high performing students including Naomi Lamb who secured six level 9s and two level 8s. Taylor Bullard who gained five level 9s and three level 8s. There was some astounding progress from students when we look at their original starting points. These students include Maisha Ali, Samantha Barnard, Freddie King, Erica Mendonca, Ola Jakubowska and Natalia Pawlik.
Comment from Garry Trott, Principal: “This has been an unprecedented year in terms of examinations and I am delighted that the government has seen sense and have awarded GCSE grades based on school predictions. I would like to praise Year 11 students for the mature way that have embraced these challenging times. Many of them worked with commitment during their time here at Westbourne and I am relieved that this hard work has been acknowledged by their grades being upheld. Particular thanks need to go to the caring and dedicated staff here at Westbourne, who have supported and encouraged this group of students during their time with us. I wish them well on the next stage of their journey.”
The Hathaway Academy, Grays, Thurrock, Essex
Jakub Kowlaski was focussed, resilient and determined to reach his goals and his results were a real credit to these attributes. Jakub achieved Grade 8 in Polish, Grade 6s in Mathematics, Biology, Statistics and Digital I.T. and Grade 5s in English Language, English Literature, Physics, Chemistry, Geography and Spanish.
Atdhe Mehmeti demonstrated determination and self-motivation at every opportunity. He was an academy ambassador and led by example not just within lessons but also in the wider community as evidenced by his role as a Senior Prefect and his completion of the Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award. This fantastic effort and achievement all round resulted in Atdhe achieving Grade 9s in Mathematics and Physics, Grade 8s in Biology, Chemistry, Digital I.T., Geography and Statistics and Grade 6s in English Language, English Literature and Spanish.
Angela Gyebi had an incredible work ethic throughout her time at The Hathaway Academy. She was a model student at all levels and constantly strived to achieve the very best within every aspect of academy life. Angela achieved Grade 9s in Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Business Studies and Statistics, Grade 8s in French, English Literature and English Language and Grade 7 in Geography.
Comment from Fatima Rodrigues, Principal: “I am delighted that the results awarded reflect the abilities and hard work of our students despite the fact that none of them could sit the actual examinations. Our predictions for this cohort from the start of Year 10 have been realised by the awarding of realistic Centre Assessed Grades rooted in strong evidence of coursework and mock examinations. Our students have achieved what they deserve to.”
The Nicholas Hamond Academy, Swaffham, Norfolk
Special mention should be made of Megan Daugherty, Rhys Bandy, Elinor Taylor and Sydney Wilding who each have achieved not only an outstanding set of grades this summer but have also made significant progress in doing so.
Comment from Mark Woodhouse, Principal: “It has been difficult to avoid the build up around this year’s results for our Year 11 students. They have already had to contend with a set of exceptional circumstances brought about by the coronavirus pandemic which has meant that they have lost all the ways they would normally mark the end of their formal education including sitting their exams. They have then had to contend with the intense speculation about their results all of which has made this time for our students incredibly difficult and unsettling. However, what we must not forget is that these results are the culmination of eleven years of work. They will have had many highs and lows to deal with through this time but what all our students have shown is that they have the skills and more importantly the resilience to overcome whatever life might throw at them. Our students have shown that they can come through the challenges that they face positively and they can use these results and the experiences of the last few months as a springboard to whatever they decide to go onto next. All our students should be proud of the progress they have made as young people and we wish all our students well for all their future endeavours.”
Iceni Academy, Methwold, Norfolk
We have many success stories to celebrate this year and it is difficult just to pick out one or two but I do want to mention our Iceni Academy ‘Prime Minister’, Phoebe Sutton. Not only has she been an amazing Prime Minister and represented her electorate (the students) really well but she is also our top performing student and she has made stunning progress.
Comment from Lesley Hogg, Principal: “This is an excellent set of results that showcases the hard work our Year 11 students have put in throughout their time with us. Whilst there is nothing we could do to shield them from the hype and uncertainty on the run up to their results day, our students have coped admirably with these pressures. The strong results are a testament to their resilience and determination. We look forward to hearing of their successes in years to come as they move forward in their educations and careers.
Results Day was a great time to welcome back students, and for them to be able to express their gratitude to the staff that have supported them so well, both in school and during the necessary absence due to COVID. What remains true is that at Iceni, everyone works together to make a difference.”
Mark Hall Academy, Harlow, Essex
Natasha Cohen who was dual educated due to health problems is delighted to have the hurdle of GCSEs over as well as having been discharged from Hospital. She is looking forward to starting her courses at Harlow College following a rocky 12 months.
Peter Mitchell still could not sleep well Tuesday or Wednesday due to feeling nervous but is now confident about starting a course in gaming design.
Grace Bickerstaff felt like she did not know if she was coming or going over the last week. Having a part time job has helped keep her mind off the results. She is delighted to have achieved the grades that allow her to progress to her chosen sixth form.
Rebecca Mepsted plans to go to Herts & Essex and was relieved this week when she heard that the Centre Assessed Grades would be honoured as she said the teachers at Mark Hall were honest all year about the predicted grades.
Dontae Teske hoped to build on the results he had achieved last year. He said how it felt weird coming back into the academy having not been in a school setting since March. The results reflect the hard work he did at home throughout the year.
Comment from Manjit Hazle, Principal: “This year’s results are in line with what staff and the academy had forecasted all year. The CAG process was addressed with rigour by staff during lockdown. Students have found the last week since A levels were published a stressful one but the majority are pleased with their results.”
Bristnall Hall Academy, Oldbury, Sandwell
Students, staff and governors at Bristnall Hall Academy have been celebrating their GCSE achievements at Sandwell’s highest performing academy. GCSE results show that Bristnall Hall Academy’s 2020 Year 11 cohort have made outstanding progress in numerous subjects, including both English and Mathematics.
These results demonstrate success for the sixth consecutive year and once again reinforce Bristnall Hall Academy’s outstanding performance. Attainment of the highest grades was particularly impressive, with many pupils achieving Grade 9 and Grade 8 passes in English, Mathematics and other EBacc subjects. As a ‘SSAT Leading Edge’ school, Bristnall Hall Academy has successfully embedded the new, more challenging GCSE examinations across its entire curriculum offer. This has helped to ensure that students have been highly successful in their studies, regardless of background or ability, making exceptional progress as a result. The attainment and progress of students in every category, including the core subjects of English, Mathematics, and Science, shows that students of all abilities are making transformational progress and this is particularly evident with high ability students.
Kully Uppal, Principal: “I am delighted to see another amazing set of GCSE results at Bristnall Hall Academy and proud that our young people have been awarded the grades that they deserve and reflect their dedication throughout their time at Bristnall Hall Academy. This is testimony to their hard work, and to the dedication of the outstanding team of staff who work here. Students from our academy have achieved another excellent set of results and this success sustains the year on year rapid improvement and high performance at our academy. I am particularly impressed with these exceptional outcomes given the exceptional circumstances this year. These outstanding results will enable our students to access exciting opportunities and continue on their transformational journeys in further education, training and employment within our local region and beyond. GCSE results day allowed us to celebrate the ongoing commitment of our students, families, staff and governors, all of which has ultimately allowed BHA to deliver a quality of education we can all be proud of. It is clearly evident that Bristnall Hall Academy is a beacon of excellence and leading the way in Sandwell and the Black Country, and we remain committed to continuously deliver outstanding educational provision and outcomes for the young people of Sandwell and beyond.
Amongst the numerous Bristnall Hall Academy students who are celebrating their success are Rajvir, Mohammed, Muskaan and Thomas. These students achieved numerous top grades, positioning them amongst the top performing students nationally.
The Dukeries Academy, Ollerton
Students and staff at The Dukeries Academy are celebrating after receiving GCSE results.
Whilst all students have done exceptionally well, we would like to highlight:
Oliver Hall who was the top performing Year 11 student. He said, “From the start of my time at The Dukeries, I have been very impressed by my supportive teachers. They’ve always pushed me to attain my highest possible achievement and I have never felt left out in lessons. For this reason, I am looking forward to the next chapter where I will, of course, be attending The Dukeries Academy Sixth Form”.
Alisha Knowles was delighted after achieving outstanding results. She said, “I am so happy with my results, which reflect my hard work and my mocks. Last year, I did early entry English Literature and achieved a grade 9 which just shows how amazing The Dukeries is because staff push us to achieve our best. Lockdown has been an incredibly difficult time, but my teachers have been amazing and helped us to prepare for A Levels and have also offered us emotional support. I can’t wait to start Sixth Form”
Dylan Fairhurst has made great progress and has taken advantage of wider opportunities during his time at the Academy. He said, “Dukeries is a supportive community where the teachers never hold you back. As well as my lessons, I have had opportunities to take part in extra-curricular activities such as plays which is important as it has supported my passion. I have chosen to do my A Levels at The Dukeries because I know I will enjoy my lessons and achieve highly”
Ben Lawrence made exceptional progress during his time at The Dukeries Academy. Ben said, “I’ve loved my experience here learning new things and rediscovering who I am. I made massive progress and it has given me hope for the future in pursuing a career in computer programming. I would like to thank all my teachers for their support, even when I didn’t believe in myself. Teachers at The Dukeries never give up on you”.
Heather Cantrell has worked exceedingly hard and her teachers are so proud of her. Heather has achieved the results she needs to progress to ATT FE next year to study Childcare.
Principal Ged Rae: “I am exceedingly proud of our students and staff. They have shown remarkable resilience, strength and optimism throughout the COVID-19 lockdown period. These results are testament to this. Although there has been significant uncertainty about exam results, over the past few weeks, I am delighted that our students have now received the grades that their hard work most certainly deserved”.
Pool Hayes Academy, Walsall
Students and staff at Pool Hayes Academy are celebrating after a fantastic set of GCSE results.
Principal, Phillipa Harris: “Our students have performed superbly this year and it is especially pleasing to see students achieve Grade 9s. The guidance and support from our excellent Pool Hayes staff have been key to this success”
Individual students worthy of praise due to their fantastic GCSE results are Ryan Stanford, who achieved an amazing set of results, including three Grade 8s in Mathematics, Science and History. Ryan is looking forward to starting Sixth Form at Pool Hayes Academy in September. Saira Zaman achieved three grade 9s in Science, Drama and History and five grade 8s amongst her fantastic set of results. Davina Gandham also made transformational progress by securing Grade 8s in English Language, English Literature, Mathematics and Religious Studies in addition to Grade 7s in her remaining subjects.
Sutton Community Academy, Sutton in Ashfield
GCSE grades at Sutton Community Academy are testament to the huge efforts put in by all.
There were plenty of top performers at the community academy in Ashfield but special congratulations have gone out to Lauren Webb who achieved a spectacular set of results, including two grade 9s, three grade 8s and three grade 7s.
Andrew Wilson, Executive Principal, said: “We look forward to Lauren and many of her peers joining us in sixth form and continuing their journey of success with us. After an incredible year, these grades are a testament to the huge efforts put in by all at the academy and are a superb reflection on our students and community. Whilst excellent achievement is an expectation for students at Sutton Community Academy, these grades genuinely open doors to a bright and successful future for the Class of 2020.”
Other students who achieved exceptional grades this year include Elicia M, with a grade 9, two grade 8s and five grade 7s, Ben E who received two 8s and six 7s, Rosie C who earnt three 8s, three 7s, a 6 and a 5 as well as Tegan S who achieved two grade 8s, four grade 7s and three grade 6s and George V who has a grade 9, two 8s, three 7s, and two 6s.
Ben, Elicia and Tegan are set to continue their studies at Sutton Community Academy sixth form.
The Queen Elizabeth Academy, Atherstone
Neil Harding, Principal, commented: “These GCSE results represent years of hard work and dedication by committed students and staff with excellent support from parents. The fact that these students were not able to take their final examination papers does not diminish their achievements and these grades have complete integrity in line with the progress these wonderful students had made over many years of hard work in their studies, as well as in the excellent progress TQEA students usually make during their time here. Congratulations to the Class of 2020. Their results are richly and truly deserved and we look forward to celebrating with them in the future”.
There were many notable success stories, but the following TQEA students are especially worthy of mention:-
Tyler Russell achieved a superb 5 GCSEs at Grade 9.
Jack Richardson achieved an outstanding 10 GCSEs at Grade 7 or above which included 4 GCSEs at Grade 9.
Georgia Wright achieved an incredible 11 GCSEs at Grade 7 or above.
Ashton Farmer achieved a fantastic 7 GCSEs at Grade 7 or above.
Oscar Busby achieved a fabulous 8 GCSEs at Grade 7 or above.
The dedication and commitment of Molly Hall and Indianna Lewis is worth a special mention and celebration since this led to them achieving the highest progress scores in the academy.