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'Hard work' reward for A Level and BTEC Students!

posted 13 Aug 2015, 07:49 by Web Admin   [ updated 14 Aug 2015, 06:07 ]

Higher level grades in A Level and BTEC courses increase for students at Felixstowe Academy Sixth Form...

The hard work of Sixth Form students at Felixstowe Academy paid off with a great set of results for A Level and BTEC students.  A Level Results for Felixstowe Academy Sixth Form students show an increase of 10% in the number of students attaining the highest grades in 2015.


Student Amy Fountain was one of the Sixth Form cohort celebrating with an A* in Sociology and three additional A grades helping to secure her place studying Law at Essex University in the Autumn. Amy acknowledged that ‘these results didn’t come easily and the hard work paid off.  I am absolutely delighted by these results and can’t wait to go to university’.

Letitia Butcher was celebrating double A* grades for Sociology and Psychology, with the support of her sister and former Sixth Form student Felicity.  An elated Letitia was thrilled that these results secured her place at the University of York to study Sociology and that ‘the stress of waiting is finally over!’.  

Once again A Level English Language and English Literature students achieved excellent results, with all students studying Literature achieving A* to C grades and 60% of English Language and Literature students achieving A* to B grades.  The introduction of the Creative Writing A Level course to the Academy subject portfolio was a massive success with all students achieving A* to B grades!

Students Abigail Fossett and Emma Stanbridge arrived together to open their results and offer each other moral support.  The joy on their faces as they opened their envelopes confirmed that their places at university in September were secured.  Emma who will continue studying English Literature at Bishop Grosseteste University in Lincoln, thanked her teachers for all their support and offered this advice to students ‘you have to be prepared to work hard but I found that being part of a smaller Sixth Form meant that the teachers were really supportive to help me achieve my place at university.’

Abigail, who achieved an A* in English Literature as well as a B grade in German is really looking forward to starting her degree in German at Essex University.  Leader of Learning for Modern Foreign Languages, Mrs Breeze praised the contribution Abigail made to her A Level course and to peer mentoring other students saying ‘Abigail has been a model student, helping to mentor Year 9 students, who absolutely loved her! There is a national shortage of students studying languages at degree level, which Abigail has chosen to do, and this will put her into a unique situation on completion of her degree.’

Lauren Walter celebrated achieving an A* in English Literature along with an A and B grade in French and History.

Within Maths, 80% of students achieved A* to C grades whilst the Academy Science Department were celebrating fantastic results for A Level Physics and Chemistry students, with 75% of Physics and 60% of Chemistry students achieving A* to B grades.  

It was also a great year for students studying Sociology, German, PE, Geography and Production Design as all students achieved A* to C grades; in particular Sociology stands out with 40% of students achieving A* Grades.

In addition to the increase in the number of students achieving the highest A Level grades, 63% of BTEC students attained Distinction*/Distinction grades, an increase of 7% compared with last year.  This improvement was shown in key vocational subject areas such as Business Studies, Music, Media and Health & Social Care.  

Securing great grades in the Extended Diploma for Health and Social Care were students Jess Couto and Grace Lake.  Jess, who achieved three Distinction* grades, is now looking forward to studying Diagnostic Radiography at Canterbury Christ Church University and can’t wait for opportunities university will bring saying ‘my degree course will include placements in working environments that will offer me great career prospects when I graduate!’

Grace plans to gain work experience for a year before using her Distinctions and Merit to head off to university to study Audiology, a subject that Grace has a personal experience of and adds 'I would love to have a career where I can help others in similar circumstances to myself'.

Having secured three Distinction* grades to ensure his place at Sheffield University to study Music, student Ben Topliss praised the opportunities that were available to him at Felixstowe Academy saying ‘I took advantage of the opportunities to perform and develop skills on my course.  My advice to anyone starting on a Music course would be to stay committed to practicing and take every opportunity to perform that comes your way - and enjoy it!’

Two other students echoed Ben's comments about seizing the opportunities on offer at the Academy to build confidence through performance.  Ben Greer and Josh Cuthbert, who will be studying Music at the University of Northampton,  both identified playing in the band for the Academy production of 'Back to the Eighties' as a key moment their personal journey.  Ben said 'Playing in the band for the Back to the Eighties production was awesome and showed that I could perform at a high level.  I loved taking part in the concerts and it all contributed to me achieving a Distinction* grade in Music'.  

Josh highlighted that performing helped him move from being the 'shy drummer' to being the front man - singing to hundreds of people, saying 'The whole experience of playing for the Back to the Eighties production boosted my confidence tremendously. Such a great opportunity.  After the production I have thank my friend Connor Trimble for encouraging me to try singing and then performing in the Academy concerts.  I really can't wait to get to university now!'

But is wasn't just about securing the grades for university, as some students enter the world of work and apprenticeships.  Rhys Davies results means that has secured an apprenticeship place against national competition with Atos, an international leader in digital services, working in London.  

Rhys was delighted to have secured his apprenticeship saying 'There are only eight of us starting an apprenticeship with Atos.  I was sent the details of my contract today and I am so pleased that it is a permanent contract as it means I starting to build career with a world wide company!'

This brilliant news will also mean that not only will  Rhys be entering the world of work through an apprenticeship, he will also be a 'London commuter' catching the train to the capital everyday!

Felixstowe Academy Principal, Mr Andrew Salter said of the results, “I am delighted that the hard work our students put in to their studies once again this year has produced results that they and we can all be proud of. The Vocational results have once again performed highly and we have seen a significant increase in the academic A level results, particularly with the higher grades. I am delighted that so many of our students have been rewarded with results reflecting their hard work and dedication to succeed at the highest level enabling them to go on to further studies at University or into their chosen employment route”. 

Mr Salter added “These results reflect the original comments that the Ofsted team reported, giving us a ‘Good’ for our Sixth Form in their original report. Here at Felixstowe Academy we have a small but good Sixth Form where we strive to give more individualised support, to know our Sixth Form students and to ensure that we create a positive atmosphere in which everyone who works hard, and wants to, can achieve and realise their potential. I want to take this opportunity to wish all our students well in the future and to say a huge thank you, on their behalf, to all the staff at the Academy who have helped and guided them to their individual successes once again this year.”

Director of Sixth Form, Mr Darryl James added ‘These results confirm that we are now improving both our academic qualifications as well as our vocational and are indeed offering good provision to all our students including those who have undertaken courses equivalent to GCSEs. The progress made by students in all areas is pleasing and plans to further improve bode well for our Academy.’ 

Mrs Susan Robinson, Chair of the Governing Board at Felixstowe Academy, added ‘The improvement in both vocational and academic results is a tribute to our students and staff who have worked extremely hard to achieve this. These results prove that Felixstowe Academy offers a great sixth form education and we hope that it will be the future destination of choice for students from the Felixstowe area and further afield'.