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Excitement and Joy for A Level and Vocational Course Students

posted 17 Aug 2017, 08:49 by Web Admin   [ updated 17 Aug 2017, 09:55 by ]

Sixth Form Results Day...

Students and staff at Felixstowe Academy were today celebrating improved A Level and vocational course results that have helped students to secure university placements and advanced apprenticeships.

This year’s results saw an 11% year on year increase in the achievement of A* to B grades, along with an increase in the number of students (64%) securing A* to C grades.  The Academy was particularly pleased with the performance of vocational courses where a record figure of 73% of students achieved the highest Distinction*/Distinction grades.

Academy Principal Mr Anthony Williams was ‘delighted with the continuing improvements in results for our A Levels and vocational courses’.  Mr Williams added ‘What has really struck me as a positive outcome from today is that our students have a very clear idea of how their next steps will help them achieve future careers, whether that is through completing a degree course at university, or through the completion of advanced apprenticeships.  I think this highlights that the strength of support from Mr James and the Sixth Form pastoral and teaching team has prepared our hardworking students over the past two years.  We are very proud of the improving achievement and outcomes of our students.’

Mr Darryl James, Assistant Vice Principal said ‘Today’s results highlight the continued upwards progress our students are making, alongside recognising the efforts and hard work of students and staff.  These results have enabled so many of our students to secure places at University and on prestigious apprenticeships.’

Felixstowe Academy’s former Head Girl, Lucy Fossett, was ‘very excited’ to have confirmed her place at the University of Nottingham to study Politics and International Relations.  Lucy explained ‘My aim is to build a career in politics either within the Civil Service or with a Non Governmental Organisation.  I initially considered pursuing a role in law, but soon realised that if I want to make a positive difference to people’s lives it was be better to work in politics and try to help other people within society.  I can’t wait to start my degree!’

Also celebrating was Jordan Astley whose A Level results secured his place at the University of Bristol, bringing him a step closer towards his career aim of becoming an Engineer.  Jordan explained ‘Bristol was my first choice University because it had the highest entry requirements and was part of the Russell Group of Universities.  I can’t believe that I will be there to study for my degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering!’

Alongside students celebrating securing university places, a record number of Felixstowe Academy students will be joining BT on their full degree Apprenticeship programme in the Autumn. Hannah Cook described Results Day as ‘Fabulous and wonderful!’ as her higher grade A Level results secured her place on BT’s Technology, Service and Operations Apprenticeship in IT Software.  Hannah went on to explain ‘I was so impressed with the Apprenticeship programme at BT.  Not only will my degree be sponsored by BT, but I will also gain valuable work experience and I get to work for a company I really want to work for!’

Leon Harris secured Distinction* grades in Media Studies and Art, along with a B grade in Product Design (Textiles).  Leon shared that he was ‘relieved that all the hard work in Year 13 helped to achieve the grades that secured my place at the University of Bournemouth  to study a degree in Costume Design and Making’.   He explained ‘I am pretty amazed and excited! I don’t have to dread going home to share my results!’

Holly England’s Distinction* grades and experience gained from her Business Studies and Media Studies course helped her to secure a role as Personal Assistant to the owner of an events company who stage events across the country.

Megan Fisher secured her place at the University of Suffolk to study Psychology and Early Childhood Studies, to help her towards her career goal of working within Social Services or being an Education Welfare Officer.

Opening his results to discover he had achieved a Distinction* in Music and B grades in A Level Film Studies and Art, Benjamin Hall shared that results day brought ‘a bizarre mixture of feelings of both being happy and sad at the same time.’  Benjo went on to explain ‘I feel really happy to have secured my first choice course of Film and TV Studies at the University of East Anglia, but I am also sad to be leaving the Academy after seven years.  I think the past two years at Sixth Form have been great - it has a sense of family as you build such camaraderie with your fellow students and develop a better working relationship with teachers.  I will miss that.’

We wish all our Sixth Form students the very best in their future courses and careers.