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A-Level Success!

The Trust is pleased to report yet another year of fantastic A-Level results at our two secondary academies. 

Students at  The de Ferrers Academy  had a successful year as the A-level average point score increased, particularly for the academic subjects, with excellent results in Art, Chemistry, Geography, PE and Physics, and a wide range of subjects performing in the top 25 per cent nationally for progress.

In the "facilitating" subjects a greater proportion of students achieved AAB grades and there were a number achieving multiple A* grades.

As a result, more students than every before have achieved their first choice places at university.

Principal, Nick Holmes said: "I am delighted by the results this year. I thought it would be hard to do better than last year but this cohort of students have done it again and achieved better A-levels at the Academy."

Students with the highest grades were invited in to the Academy early to open their results with their parents and teachers.

Kira Rai, of Furrows Drive, Burton, achieved an A for Biology and Maths and an A* for PE. She is now heading to Loughborough University to study Sports Science.

The 18-year-old said: "It is crazy. I did not expect it. I did better than I thought I'd done. I am now excited about starting university and will be celebrating with my friends and family."

Sam Hudson-Smith, 18, of Church Road, Rolleston, got three A*s for Chemistry, Biology and Art and is now going to study Veterinary Medicine at Bristol University.

He said: "I am relieved to get the grades and they were not what I expected. They were in the ballpark of what I was predicted. I think I will be taking a long nap now. I think my parents are just happy that I got in to university but sad that I am going away. Starting university is a bit daunting."

Ashli Alex, of Forest Edge Way, Outwoods, is going to study Medicine at Edinburgh University after achieving an A* in Chemistry and A's for Maths, Biology and Physics.

The 18-year-old said: "It is just great. God really helped me and I would like to say so much thanks to my teachers as well. I am going to go home now to eat cake to celebrate. I am sort of ready to start university now as I now have the last thing I have been waiting for so I can start university with confidence.

It feels great. I enjoyed coming in to the school to sit with everyone to get the results as it is the element of surprise."

Callum Bullock, 18, of Athlestan Way, Stretton, achieved three A*s for Chemistry, Biology and Maths and an A for Further Maths. He is now heading to Warwick University to study Chemistry.

He said: "I am really happy. I am relieved and glad that I have got my results now. They are not what I expected. I don't know how I am celebrating but some of my friends are on about going to get a free Nando's but I am happy to be at home just not worrying about them any more.

I am just excited about starting university as having the results takes a bit of the pressure off. I am more relieved than anything and can't wait to start."


There were also smiles all round at  The Pingle Academy.   Students exceeded expectations and achieved their best ever results, with almost half of the students achieving 3 A* to C grades, an increase of 15 per cent from last year.

High-flying Daniel Hudson, 18, achieved the best results in his year accomplishing 4 A*s, confirming his place at the University of Leeds studying Computer Science.

Aspiring Mental Health Nurse, Olivia Shreeves, was overcome with emotion after she learned her place with the Royal Navy had been confirmed.

The youngster scored A*A B and said it was applying to Uiversity that gave her the motivation to do her best.

She is due to move to Plymouth in October to begin her training and she said: "I literally never cry, I don’t know what’s wrong with me!"

Eighteen-year-old twins Ben and Catie Peach, from Burton, both achieved the grades they wanted to get into university – and will both be heading to the University of Birmingham in September.

Ben achieved 3 A*s and will be studying Physics while his sister Catie attained A*A*A B and will be reading Psychology.

Principal Vivien Sharples said: "Congratulations to our students on excellent results. The students performed as we knew they would.

We have an excellent sixth form, with a very strong work ethic and high aspirations; our students set their sights on their goals and work hard to achieve them.

The overall results are Pingle's best-ever with nearly half of the students achieving three A* to C grades, an increase of 15 per cent from last year. Of these 22 per cent were A* to B grades and an increase of 10 per cent. We are delighted with that.

I am so very proud of our students, who are a credit to themselves, their families and to our Academy. New students joining our sixth form this September and our current Year 12 students will truly be inspired by these achievements.

A-level results day is always one of the highlights of the school calendar. To watch the young people nervously opening their envelopes is just a real privilege. Today we have seen a great deal of that and congratulations have gone out to them all."