Our academies have achieved improved results from the trust outcomes in 2019. There were many exceptional performances across our Sixth Forms and we have seen an increasing amount of our young people gaining places at Oxbridge and Russell Group universities. Congratulations to them all.
Mildenhall College Academy, Mildenhall, Suffolk
Barnaby Seaman has done incredibly well achieving 2 A* and 2 A Grades in Physics, Further Maths, Computer Science and Maths. He is going on to study Aeronautical Engineering at the University of Strathclyde.
Dimitrii Hird-Lewis has achieved A* in Further Maths, A in Physics and A in Maths. He is going on to study Natural Sciences at the University of East Anglia.
Claire Payra has done brilliantly achieving D*D* in Business Studies and an A in Maths.
Miriam Gee achieved D*D* in Health and Social Care and a C in French.
Luca Chadwick achieved A* in history and EPQ and 2 As in Sociology and English Literature. He is going on to study History and Politics at university.
Comment from Nicola Hood, Principal: “This has been a difficult time for our students and we are delighted with how they have managed and coped with the situation. We know how hard the students worked throughout their study programmes and during the lockdown period. We are relieved that the government u-turn saw students awarded the Centre Assessed Grades as these truly reflect their hard work and ability. They have done incredibly well and I wish them all the best of luck in their future endeavours.”
The Nicholas Hamond Academy, Swaffham, Norfolk
Comment from Mark Woodhouse, Principal:
“The challenges that schools and academies have faced this year alongside the rest of the country, in recent months, have been well documented. These of course have been amplified in the challenges that our students have faced in achieving their grades this summer which have been all the greater due to the difficulties caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Our students though have risen to the task and the grades that they have been awarded are a reflection of their hard work not just in the last few months but over the course of the last two years. The grades awarded are generally in line with what we would have expected students to have achieved this summer had they sat their final exams and will allow our students to progress onto the next stages of their lives. We should take nothing away from our students and their achievements this year. They should not only be proud of their achievements but they have all demonstrated the skills and qualities over the whole two years that show that they are excellent role models and that they can be successful in whatever they decide to do next in their lives. We wish our students all the very best for their future endeavours.”
Pool Hayes Academy, Walsall
Students and staff at Pool Hayes Academy are celebrating after a positive set of A-level results. The results have secured students chosen next steps, with the majority of students securing a place at their first choice of university.
Comment from Principal, Phillipa Harris: “Many of our sixth formers have performed superbly this year and it is especially pleasing to see students achieve top A-level grades. The guidance from our excellent Pool Hayes staff and small group sizes have been key to this success.”
Individual students worthy of praise due to their fantastic A level results are Preeti Bahia who achieved four As in the A levels Psychology, RE, Sociology and Business Studies and Jennifer Turay who achieved an A*, Distinction * and two As in English, Performing Arts, History and Psychology. It was also pleasing to see Louis Smith who secured high grades in A level English, RE and Sociology. Louis has secured his first choice university place to Birmingham University to study English and Film. Other students achieving high grades in order to secure their top choice in university places are Trinity Gardner with two Distinction *s and a Distinction in Performing Arts and Dance Diploma, Lily Jones who secured grades A, B and B in A level History, English and Mathematics and Kuran Kainth with a Distinction 8, B and B in Art, English and Religious Education.
The Dukeries Academy, Ollerton
Students and staff at The Dukeries Academy are celebrating after receiving A Level and vocational results. Despite the unprecedented national situation created by COVID-19, Dukeries Academy students have excelled.
89% of our 2020 cohort have applied for university and all have been offered their first-choice place. We are delighted that 24% of students have secured places at prestigious Russell Group universities, including Oxford and Durham. Overall, the academy achieved a 100% pass rate with 24% of grades at A* and A. These results show a significant improvement on last year with students now achieving an average grade of B at A level and Distinction in vocational courses.
Principal Ged Rae: “I am delighted by the achievements of our Dukeries Academy Sixth Form students. Working with our talented and highly committed staff, they have achieved the success that their hard work and determination most certainly deserved. Individually and collectively, I am confident that this group of young people will go on to be positive change makers in their own and other people’s lives. I wish them well.”
Whilst all students have done exceptionally well, we would like to highlight;
- Louis Key who achieved our highest academic results with two A* grades and 2 A grades, including the EPQ. Louis will be going to Nottingham University to study Philosophy, and he is first member of his family to go to university.
- Ben Hughes achieved three A grades and will be going to Oxford University (Merton College) to study History. This is a remarkable achievement, as Ben has overcome challenges related to dyslexia. He attended the UNIQ Oxford summer school, which inspired him to apply for a place. He has sat the Oxford HAT the History admissions test, undertook a two-day interview and was offered a place early in 2020.
Ben’s mum said, “Ben’s journey through secondary school has been continuously positive with support and dedication from staff throughout. We are thrilled with his achievements and so delighted we chose The Dukeries back in Y7. Thank you so much!”
- Millie Barrett achieved our top vocational grades, achieving a C grade in Biology, a Distinction and a Distinction* in her BTEC qualifications. She will be studying nursing at Northumbria University. Millie is also the first in her family to go to university.
We are extremely proud of all our students and particularly those students who will be the first in their family to attend university. We wish them every success in the future.
Sutton Community Academy, Sutton in Ashfield
Sutton Community Academy has seen an increase in top grades compared to last year, which recognises the hard work put in by students and staff after a unique and immensely challenging year.
Chris Clark, Assistant Principal, said: “We are delighted that the determination of our students in Sixth Form has been rewarded with a stunning set of results. The collaboration of our hard-working students, exceptional staff and supportive parents/carers has resulted in this successful day. We wish them all the best in the future as they join our distinguished alumni.”
One student, Molly Carswell, has been congratulated by the academy after achieving two A* and two A grades.
Andrew Wilson, Executive Principal, said: “Special congratulations go to Molly Carswell for achieving two A* and two A grades. Molly has been successful in her application to study History at Cambridge University and we wish her well the next stage of her education. All our students who received their A-Level results at Sutton Community Academy are set to progress onto further studies at university, through an apprenticeship, or start full-time employment. We are absolutely delighted that many of these students continue to break barriers and are the first in their family to attend university.”