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Tears of Joy and Excitement for the Future

posted 19 Aug 2016, 04:55 by Web Admin

Sixth Form Results Day...

On a beautiful, sunny August morning Felixstowe Academy Sixth Form students arrived to collect their A Level and BTEC results that were the reward for their hard work over the past two years.

Academy Principal Mr Williams was on hand to meet with students as they collected results and to chat to them about their next steps after Sixth Form.  He shared ‘We are extremely proud of the achievement of our students in terms of their attainment and more so with the progress they have made. The students and teachers have worked hard to achieve these results and witnessing this shared success was something very special.’

Mr Williams went on to add ‘It was so pleasing to speak to students who shared their aspirations and next steps using the qualifications they had achieved to fulfil their career goals.  These next steps varied from starting apprenticeships, embarking on university courses and entering employment.  This has shown how the students have matured and are clear how their qualifications will be a foundation or springboard to future success.’

Gemma Crane, Andrew McKenna and Lucy Sayer were the first students into the Academy to collect their results, and couldn’t wait to get confirmation that their hard work and long hours of coursework had paid off.  The opening of the exam result envelope confirmed a string of Distinction* grades for the trio of Health and Social Care students!

Gemma, who achieved four Distinction* grades, was delighted by her grades and praised her ‘amazing’ teacher Mrs Couto saying ‘Mrs Couto was brilliant, she gives you the time out of lessons and is prepared to work late with you just to offer support when needed.’

Andrew, who also achieved Distinction* grades, agreed with Gemma adding that ‘good time management, being organised and having good friends working around me helped to stay on track to get these results.’

Luke Grant, pictured with Sixth Form Pastoral Support Manager Mrs Meredith, explained that he had been ‘nervous throughout the summer ahead of Results Day.’  With his Distinction in Business Studies and two higher grade A Levels, Luke will be studying Computer Science at the University of Lincoln in September.

The Maths department were celebrating strong performance in results in A Level Maths and Further Maths, and were on hand to congratulate Jordan Amos.  Jordan secured his place at the University of Bristol with an A grade in Maths and Bs in Further Maths and Physics and is ‘excited and looking forward’ to starting his course in Engineering and Mathematics.

Heading in completely different directions, both geographically and politically (currently!), are Michael Meredith and Alisha Lewis.  Michael confirmed that he had accepted a place at the University of Portsmouth to study Politics, whilst Alisha is heading to the University of Liverpool to study Politics and Philosophy.

Michael, who is well known for his passion for politics and discussion, encouraged students to think beyond just their academic success saying ‘Your personal statement is a really important part to your university application, so make sure you get involved in a range of extracurricular activities, as it really makes a difference.’

Alisha ‘can’t wait’ to get to university and feels that her degree course in Liverpool will give the chance to start building towards a career in politics.  Alisha explained that ‘there are real opportunities to get involved in grassroots projects in Liverpool.  They have great links to political parties and you have the opportunity to start making contacts very earlier on.  I can’t wait!’

The English Department were celebrating excellent results, with 100% of students studying English Language and Creative Writing, and 83% of English Literature students achieving A* to C grades.  One of these students, Ashley Colbourn will be using his higher English grade alongside his Distinction* in Creative Media Studies in a Sports Journalism course at Leeds Trinity University.

With all Textiles students achieving A* to C grades, it was great to hear how some of the students will be using their grades to support future careers.  Lucy Hayfield confirmed that she will be heading to Nottingham Trent University to study Fashion Management, a course that Lucy feels would prepare her for a career in the business elements of the Fashion Industry.

Naomi Arnold beamed as she explained that she be heading to Anglia Ruskin University to study Fashion Design.  She advised students to follow their ‘passion for the subject’ as she had done, and encouraged students studying Art or Textile to ‘build a portfolio or work that shows your passion for the subject as universities will value this.’

Celebrating with Naomi were Taryn Mason and Keelan Swift-Stalley. Taryn, who gained higher grades in A Level Film Studies and Drama alongside Distinction* grades in Music and Production Arts, changed her earlier degree course choice.  Taryn explained ‘I have decided to study Business Management instead of performance related courses.  I have a dream to own my own theatre in the future and think that Business will definitely aid me in achieving this!’.

Keelan will be using his higher grade results from three English subjects and Drama to head off to the University of East Anglia to study Performance and Script Writing.  As a student who took part in so many performance related activities at the Academy, it is brilliant to see him going on to develop his natural talent further, which he hopes will lead to a career in acting.  

Joining Keelan at the UEA will be Jake Goddard, although Jake will be reading European Law.  Having achieved two A* grades and two A grades, Jake is looking forward to starting his four year degree course in September.  Jake explained even with the EU Referendum result, he felt it was a good time to study European Law ‘The recent result will mean that there will be a lot a career opportunities within this area of law.  This course will also mean spending a year in a work placement in a European organisation.  I am really looking forward to it!’

It wasn’t just about A Level and BTEC results for some students.  Although Giedre Skeiryte was delighted that her excellent grades for Music, Performing Arts, Photography, Textiles, Product Design had secured her place at the University of Chichester to study Music Performance, it was the higher grade pass in GCSE English that brought tears to the eyes of both her and her mother!

Lithuanian born Giedre had been determined to pass her GCSE English as her first language, and finally achieved this as she looks forward to the start of her university course.  Giedre explained ‘I was determined that English result would be as my first language and I am so relieved and overjoyed!  I am now looking forward to starting uni, and have already made contact with other new students already.  I am so grateful to staff at the Academy for giving me the opportunity to perform and build my confidence - every student should take up the opportunities offered to them!’

Oliver Hazell is heading off to Nottingham Trent University to study Property Finance and Investment thanked ‘all the teachers and staff that have made my time at Felixstowe Academy special.’  He went on to add ‘They have all helped me to this point in my life, where I am now going to University to study a subject that I love. Of course there were obstacles in the way but through hard word and determination I have been able to secure my place at Nottingham Trent.  For anyone that is attending Sixth Form in September I would just like to say that if you keep your head down and get involved in the many opportunities on offer, you will be a success and get the best grades possible.’

Ollie Spink, Chester Tooke and Matt Taylor where all celebrating their results and the opportunities their results have created.  For Ollie and Matt, this will mean starting university courses at Roehampton and Cheltenham respectively, but for Chester it meant confirmation that he had secured a place on the world-class apprentice scheme at BT Adastral Park.

Mr James Assistant Vice-Principal (Raising Standards Leader for KS5) said ‘Our results this year are a testament to the work put in by staff and students to achieve their best.  Again our vocational students have performed very well with nearly half of all entries achieving the Distinction* grade. There were also some fantastic A level results for students in English, Maths and Social Sciences. I am pleased that many of our students have been able to secure their first choice university places and wish them well on the next stage of their journey.’     

As a cohort, 63% of A Level students achieved an A* to C grade, with 99% of students achieving A-E grades.  The Academy’s vocational courses secured increase in the highest results with 46% of students achieving Distinction* grade and 72% of students achieving Distinction*/Distinction grade.