Holgate Academy students celebrate 
improved A Level success

Students at Holgate Academy in Hucknall, part of the Diverse Academies Learning Partnership, were celebrating this morning as they received their A-Level grades.

Students’ hard work really paid off, with 4% of students gaining A*- A grades, 32% gaining A*- B grades, and 95% receiving a pass grade. 65%  of students who took vocational qualifications also received a distinction* or distinction. The positive results showed an improvement in all areas from last year’s performance, highlighting the superb efforts of this year group.

Kira Spooner
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Since September 2016, students have been undertaking their studies at the Hucknall Sixth Form Centre, alongside peers from partner academies, National Church of England Academy and Queen Elizabeth’s Academy. Students were in great spirits as they opened their results, with great individual success meaning many individuals would be moving on to university, employment and apprenticeships.

Sue Forsey, principal, joined students as they received their results and said; “We are really pleased with our key stage 5 results this year – these continue to improve year on year. Our pass rate has increased to 95% with 33% of our students achieving the higher grades.

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We would like to congratulate all of our year 13 students on their success and wish them good luck with the next phase of their studies or chosen career pathway. Particular mentions must go to Fynn Lithgow who achieved A*,A,B,B and Kira Spooner also did superbly well, achieving A,B,B,B – she will go on to university to study a degree in psychology.”

Fynn commented on this achievement, “I am the first member of my family to go to university, and will be going to do a film studies course following a gap year. I really enjoyed my time in the sixth form – the teachers were fantastic and helped me achieve my goals.”

Fynn Lithgow

Hannah Bickerstaffe, head of sixth form at Holgate, said, “This is always a nerve wracking time as students (and their teachers!) find out their results after years of hard work. It is a real privilege of the job to share this exciting moment. Lots of our students are heading to university to study a wide range of subjects with others also securing apprenticeships and full time jobs. We wish them all the best in the next stage of their lives!”

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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 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.”

Kate Turner, chair of governors at Holgate said, “It is good to see so many Holgate students doing well at the Hucknall Sixth Form Centre, equally as pleasing to see is that the students that have applied to university have secured their placement. Well done to all of our students – I wish them all the luck for their future aspirations!”