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Academies across the UK celebrate outstanding A-level results

Posted by Stephanie Broad | August 19, 2016 | People, policy, politics

Yesterday, young people across the UK received their A-level results and looked towards the next stage of their lives. 

This year’s UCAS figures show the highest-ever number of students - 424,000 - have been accepted to UK universities and colleges so far – up three per cent on A-level results day in 2015.  

Over 27,400 more young women than men from the UK have already been placed at university, but this gap is slightly narrower than in 2015 with three per cent more men placed in 2016 and two per cent more women. 

St Margaret’s Academy in Liverpool is celebrating another excellent year, with a 96% pass rate and 36% of grades awarded coming in between A*- B. 

Following on from last year’s success, many pupils have gained a place at their first choice universities, including the University of Cambridge, Durham University, the University of Manchester and the University of Liverpool. 

Principal Stephen Brierley, says: “I’m so pleased that so many of our sixth formers have achieved highly this year… Their fantastic results don’t come about by accident: they are tribute to their own hard work, the high quality of teaching here, the commitment and support of our parents, and the outstanding pastoral care we are able to offer at our academy. 

“This emphasis on taking care of all students, regardless of their ability, has long been a feature of St Margaret’s Sixth Form’s ethos, and at no time is that more important than a day like today. All in all, it’s another vintage year for post-16 results here at St Margaret’s. Many congratulations to all our students – we are proud of you!”  

Student Matthew Oldfield and principal Stephen Brierley celebrate his Cambridge success

The Duke of York’s Royal Military School (DOYRMS) students are celebrating a third year of increased success at A-level and BTEC Level 3 courses.  

Some 52 students in year 13 were entered for more than 25 different A-level and BTEC courses, with 98.1% passing with two or more subjects.

Chris Russell, the school’s Executive Principal and Commandant, stated: “These excellent A-level results demonstrate how students can study at a very high level and also participate fully in sport, combined cadet force, ceremonial and other social activities. This special combination develops superb qualities of leadership, character and resilience. I am very proud of all the students, and of the teachers who have helped them achieve these results.”  

Sixth form studnets at DOYRMS

Post-16 students at the Cabot Learning Federation (CLF) in Bristol performed well in both in academic and vocational courses, with high numbers moving on to university, college or higher level apprenticeships in their chosen areas. 

Among those with much to celebrate were Katie George. Originally a student at John Cabot Academy, Katie will be going to study English at Oxford University, having gained all A* and A grades in her A levels. Stunning success was also achieved by Lauren Pratt. Lauren joined John Cabot Academy in Year 7 and in 2010 became seriously ill, resulting in long absences from school and extensive rehabilitation. In spite of the additional challenges she faced, Lauren battled through to achieve A* in all of her subjects. Lauren plans to study linguistics at Cambridge following a year travelling, during which she will teach English in China. 

Hanham Woods Academy alumni also fared well: Sam Noakes is off to his first choice university, Northumbria, to study Product Design and Ella Gibson, will be training to be a teacher at UWE. 

Two students who joined the CLF Post-16 from Bristol Brunel Academy are Alex Elliot, who will be studying maths at Sheffield University and Taranjeet Sooriya, who will be studying for a degree in Sport Therapy and Rehabilitation. After attending King’s Oak academy, Nawaal Hussein achieved her goal to study for a degree in Business and Tourism Management at Bath Spa University. 

Director of CLF Post-16, Kath Cooper, said: “While I’ve only been able to talk about a small number of our students and their successes, I am immensely proud of the way in which our students have applied themselves to their studies and developed as individuals during their time as Post 16 students. I feel confident that they will go on to achieve well on the courses they are going to and will be the rounded citizens our community needs. It is great to see the mix of outstanding academic and vocational achievement. Well done to our students and the staff that work so hard to teach and support them.” 

At Northern Education Trust, the not-for-profit multi academy trust which sponsors ten secondary academies throughout the northeast and northwest of England, 63% of its sixth form leavers have secured a place at university, with 18.3% of leavers progressing to Russell Group universities.

Only four of the ten secondary academies sponsored by Northern Education Trust have a sixth form. These are The Blyth Academy in Northumberland, Kearsley Academy in Bolton, Thorp Academy in Ryton, Gateshead and Dyke House College in Hartlepool.

Overall, a greater proportion of the trust’s students achieved the Level 3 (2+ A-levels or 2 + substantial vocational qualification) this year.  The percentage of A-level students achieving two or more A-levels improved by 5.5 percentage points from 76.3% to 81.9%.  At Dyke House, which announced its first ever set of A-level results after establishing a sixth form only two years ago, 91.2% was achieved in this measure. 

Commenting on these results, Ian Kershaw, the Chief Executive of the Northern Education Trust, said: “Whilst results at this stage of the academic year are provisional and may be subject to change, we are very pleased to see this improving picture.  These results demonstrate that a greater proportion of our young people are achieving more success at advanced level study. It is particularly pleasing that these improvements are leading to a much greater proportion of them accessing university and going on to even greater things.”

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