Students from our Sixth Form Academy were celebrating this morning as they collected their A Level results. This is the fourth year of A Level results at the school, which opened its Sixth Form Academy in September 2012. The school community was in buoyant mood as students and staff celebrated record breaking A Level results: with a 100% pass rate, and A* to B at 43%.

All students have been offered a place at university, for subjects ranging from law and business to psychology, fine art and English.

Fiona Bishop, Head of Sixth Form, said: “I’m so proud of our students and all they have achieved. Their hard work has certainly paid off, and they are a credit to the school and their families. I wish them the best on the next step to a bright future”

Anil Suyur, achieved A* in A Level Sociology, A in Economics, and double distinction in BTEC diploma ICT. Anil goes on to Kings College, University of London, to study Political Economy. An overjoyed Anil said: “I’m over the moon! I am a strong believer in self-discipline and hard work. Thanks to all my teachers for instilling this in me from year 7 – It has all paid off!”

Kanesha Edwards, was similarly delighted with her results. She achieved an A* in A Level Law, A* in Sociology, and A in Psychology. Kanesha will study Psychology at Queen Mary’s College, University of London. A nervous Kanesha had attended the school at 8am with her mother. Thrilled at receiving her excellent results, Kanesha said: “I want to thank the school for the support and motivation my teachers gave me over the last 2 years, and also the support from my mum in helping me achieve my goals.” Kanesha’s mum expressed her gratitude to the school for the ‘amazing growth and journey’ of her daughter over the course of 7 years at the school.

Chloe Morris, was stunned at gaining entry to her first choice, University of Bath, to study English. She then hopes to do a teaching qualification for her post graduate degree. Chloe spoke about being unfortunately beset with some medical issues throughout her 6th form. She stated that she could not have achieved her dreams without the considerable pastoral support she received during her 6th form. Chloe said: “I am completely overwhelmed to have achieved my first choice; I can’t believe I am going to Bath, it is such an amazing University. I want to thank from the bottom of my heart my teachers, who supported me over the last 2 years and believed in me even when I doubted myself”.

Deputy Headteacher, Dele Rotimi spoke about the school’s sense of immense pride at the unique journey made by many of the school’s cohort;  in many cases from a very low attainment base when leaving primary school to the excellent academic and life outcomes achieved on days like this. Mr Rotimi highlighted that many of the school’s 6th formers had started the school with very low reading ages, typically 2 or more years below their actual age: “for these students to access the highest grades at A level, and gain entry into top notch courses and Universities is testament to the skill, expertise and passion of our staff, who understand that we owe it to our students to help them close the disadvantage gaps and realise positive life outcomes”.

James Murph, a student with a statement of special educational needs, was a real centre of attraction and staff celebrations. James achieved grade A in A Level Sociology, grade A in Law, and grade B in Psychology. James started life at The Urswick school in year 7 with a reading age of 6. James said: “I'm speechless, my grades are so good I'm hopefully going to get into an even better university than I first applied for. I worked really hard for this, but I want to thank everybody who has supported me for 7 years as I know they worked even harder in giving me support”

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