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Josh Leads the Way with Nine A* Grades!

posted 21 Aug 2015, 03:24 by Web Admin   [ updated 4 Sep 2015, 09:12 ]

Students enjoyed a sense of ‘relief’ and emotion as they collected their GCSE results at Felixstowe Academy today with some of the best ever outcomes for individual students. Many students spoke of the delight in their ‘hard work paying off’ and reflecting that even though their Year 11 experience had ‘gone by very quickly’, they had an amazing final year as a community.

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Joshua Smith, Robbie White, Nancy Barnsley, Max Harrold and Ollie Rose

Opening their results together were Joshua Smith, Nancy Barnsley and Ollie Rose.  Joshua, who was celebrating securing nine A* GCSE grades as well as an A grade in Additional Maths (a bridging course between A Level and GCSE), said ‘I hadn’t really thought about my results until today, and then I suddenly felt nervous about the results. Then we all arrived, had our envelopes in our hand then it was over in a flash!  It feels great to know I have these results.’

Nancy, who also achieved brilliant results with three A* grades in English Language, English Literature and History alongside four additional A grades, agreed with Joshua that is was great to know the results.  Asked if she had any advice for the new Year 11 students in September Nancy replied ‘I really enjoyed the whole of Year 11, but you need to pace yourself to get the most out of it.  Start on a revision plan in good time and factor in breaks.  There is a lot of work but if you give yourself time you will feel good throughout the year - and on results day!’

Ollie, who was ‘relieved’ when he discovered that he achieved four A* grades in Physics, Chemistry, English Language and Maths alongside A and B grades, agreed adding ‘If you push yourself you can achieve everything you set out to achieve.  The year goes quickly so the sooner you start with revision the better you will feel as you approach the exams.’

Mr Salter, Principal of Felixstowe Academy, said 'I am absolutely delighted to see so many of our students celebrating the outstanding success across so many GCSE subjects that will enable them to pursue further studies or apprenticeships.'

Felixstowe Academy saw an increase in the number of students achieving the A* to C grade in Maths compared to last year, with 35 students achieving the highest A*/A grades.  Results in Biology, Chemistry and Physics were also being celebrated with 89% of students achieving A* to C grades.

With over half of the students taking History securing A* to B grades, staff were congratulating students as they opened their results.  Student Megan Barbor was 'overwhelmed' with her results as she discovered she had achieved 100% marks in three areas of her History course to secure an A* grade along with an A* in ICT and additional A and B Grades. With a few tears in her eyes she said 'I hadn't expected to achieve full marks in these areas, it is amazing.  I just made sure that I took time to revise and it all came together.'

Nikita Pond, Matthew Varley and Callum Burrows
Nikita Pond was celebrating with seven A* grades and an A GCSE grade alongside securing an A grade in Additional Maths, pictured with Callum Burrows and Matthew Varley.  Nikita was pleased that the hard work resulted in some fabulous grades saying ‘It was a full on year but I enjoyed it.  I hadn’t really thought about the results until last week and then today it was great to see these grades in sciences and Maths.’  

Callum Burrows was also delighted with his results, achieving three A* grades in Maths, ICT and Physics, five A grades alongside a B grade saying ‘the phrase if you put the work in, you get the results means so much to me now.  The whole year went so quickly but I now realise that the work put into my courses paid off!’

Matthew Varley, who plans to start training as a plumber in September, was pleased with his mix of A* to B grades and is ‘looking forward to starting on a career as well as continuing studying’.

Lucy Fossett and Ellie Haste

With broad smiles, Lucy Fossett and Ellie Haste were celebrating achieving excellent results. Lucy, with an A* grade in English Literature and Distinction* grades in Business Studies and Health and Social care alongside five A grades and two B grades, reflected that it had taken ‘a lot of hard work’ to achieve the smiles!  She said ‘Although it was a tough year it was also one of the best as the shared experience of exam stress pulled the whole year group together as no other year had.’  Ellie, who also achieved a Distinction* in Business Studies along with A* grades in Maths, her two Science courses, agreed adding ‘many of us made new friends in Year 11 and will have positive memories of this year together.’

Both Lucy and Ellie had siblings collecting their A Level results the previous week, so found it hard to put ‘Results Day’ out of their minds over the past week.  Lucy couldn’t wait to get in to collect her results today ‘As soon as I had the envelope I ripped it open, saw the results and was elated!’.

Asked if they had any advice for the new Year 11 students, both Lucy and Ellie said ‘Listen to the Year 11 students before you!’  Lucy went on to explain ‘start your revision early, a bit at a time.  Be sensible and flexible with your revision planning to give time to the subjects needing more work.  It is scary and you will worry, but it will work out!’

Nancy Barnsley, Tiegan Fielding and Emily White

Tiegan Fielding echoed this sentiment when she said 'I am so relieved, all the time worrying was wasted energy!'. Tiegan, who achieved an A* in Religious Studies alongside four A grades and B grades, felt that she had had 'good guidance from teaching staff especially in Maths, English and Science' and that the iPad resource students are given in as they start their GCSEs was 'a massive help as it meant I could communicate to teachers really easily at anytime I was working.'

Along with others on results, Tiegan also felt that the shared experience of students in Year 11 brought them closer together saying 'We all worked extremely hard, realising in Year 10 what we needed to do.  I met some really great people in Year 11, but Results Day is my highlight of the year!'

Flossy Cook, Nikita Pond, Caleb Woodard and Jasmine Betts

Caleb Woodard was one of the first students in to collect his results and felt ‘great’ to finally be holding his results saying ‘I have won awards and gained certificates in sport, but this is totally different! I am really pleased that I can go on to study PE.’

Having secured a Distinction* grade in Health and Social Care long with other great results, Grace Cruse, who was accompanied by her mother, felt her experience in Year 11 was ‘amazing!’ Grace wanted to thank her teachers for the support she had received throughout the year saying ‘My teachers supported me throughout my GCSEs but in Year 11 they kept on providing me with the opportunities reinforce the information being given out in lessons through additional revision sessions and being on the end of an email for any questions I had.  They were fantastic!’

Mrs Cruse noticed the developing confidence in her daughter in her final GCSE year ‘Grace was definitely treated more like an adult in Year 11 and she thrived on that.  She seemed to stay calm throughout the year and stayed focussed on passing her exams.’

Grace is planning to study Health and Social Care alongside Sport, and wish her all the best for her cricketing career as she has recently found out that coaches from the England Women’s Cricket Team will be watching her cricketing progress closely!

Flossy Cook and Jasmine Betts felt the emotion of the day but were already looking forward to focussing on their favourite courses as A Levels in September.  Flossy said ‘I am glad to have my results and am so relieved to see my grades!’ with Jasmine adding ‘There was definitely pressure in our final year but it has all worked out well for us.’

Benjo Hall

Students within the Music Department were celebrating  great range of results with 87% students securing grades A* to C, with 56% securing A* to B grades.  As he collected his results, which included a Distinction* and B grade for BTEC and GCSE Music, Benjo Hall reflected on the range of opportunities he had taken to perform not only here at the Academy but also abroad as part of FXAspire.  

Benjo said ‘Although Year 11 was stressful in places it was on the whole really enjoyable.  I felt that as a Music student I had lots of opportunities to not only perform but also contribute to the planning of concerts and the music we would perform.  The Jazz Band tour to Barcelona was a real highlight, closely followed by the Summer Concert.’  He went to add ‘the resources available to Music students are really good so we were able to get really creative with Garage Band or Sibelius software packages to help with our coursework.’

As with many schools and Academies nationally this year, the variation in grade boundary changes has meant that for some of our students the results, particularly in English and Maths are short of what was expected.  The Academy has immediately put into place the process for challenging the grades for 69 students, 25% of the year group, to secure the grades these students deserve.

Mr Salter said of this decision, 'We successfully challenged a large number of English grades in 2014 that we felt were wrong.  Our decision was proven to be correct with the outcomes benefitting individual students and the overall performance of the Academy.  We are confident that a similar challenge this year will result in improvements for individual student successes and overall Academy results truly reflecting all the hard work and effort that our students and staff have put in to the examinations this year.'