Students at the National Church of England Academy in Hucknall, part of the Diverse Academies Learning Partnership, were celebrating this morning as they received their A-Level results, breaking academy records for achievement and progress for the second year running.
Students’ hard work really paid off, with 24% of students gaining A*- A grades, 50% gaining A*- B grades, and 76% receiving A* – C. Almost three quarters of students who took vocational qualifications also received a distinction* or distinction.
Since September 2016, students have been undertaking their studies at the Hucknall Sixth Form Centre, alongside peers from partner academies, the Holgate Academy and Queen Elizabeth’s Academy. There was a positive buzz as students opened their results at National, with great individual success stories and a positive attainment and progress picture across the whole year group.
Principal Martyn Jobling, was present to share in the celebrations and said; “I am delighted with the outstanding results and so proud of this wonderful set of students. We encourage all students to aspire to be the very best and make the most of the opportunities that we can provide. The success of these individuals is testament to them taking these chances to develop academically, personally, and shows the dedication they have paid to their studies.”
There have been a number of notable successes from students – top performing student at the academy was Hollie Bidwell was the top performing student this year, achieving a hugely impressive set of results with A*, A*, A*, A, and will be going to study business and marketing at Nottingham Trent University.
The most improved student (and top performing male student) was head boy Alex Abbott with four grade As. His phenomenal progress means that he will be now going to study philosophy at University of Nottingham. Other great individual successes include Abigail Harding, who will now study law, and Bailey Watson who will go on to do medicine at the University of Plymouth.
Alex said of his achievement, “I honestly can’t believe it – I’m shaking! I’m so pleased with my results and it’s amazing that my hard work has paid off. I’m now looking forward to starting university and the next chapter of my life.”
Kelly Wall, Head of Hucknall Sixth Form Centre, said, “Once again, it has been a fabulous year for National students who have worked very hard to achieve a wonderful set of results. Many of these talented students will now move on to study at prestigious universities or find great employment opportunities – whatever path they choose, they fully deserve all the credit for their successes. We are excited to see them develop and flourish as they take the next steps in their life.”
Student numbers at Hucknall Sixth Form Centre are growing year-on-year, with the centre having an excellent reputation in the Hucknall community and beyond. Mrs Wall added “We attract students from all over Nottinghamshire because of the high standards of teaching, the quality outcomes for all students and our wide range of courses. There is still some limited availability for individuals to join us from September, and hope that these results show how the centre can enable all students to meet their aspirations. Our team would be delighted to speak with any interested students about how we can develop their continuing educational experience.”
Chair of Governors, Mrs Mitford commented “The National Church of England Academy enjoyed another impressive year. From the time I spend in the academy, I know that the endless dedication of great teachers spurs the students on to reach for their best”.