August 19, 2022
Exam success with Walbottle Academy 6th form students performing well in their A level and vocational qualifications
For the first time since the start of their educational journey, Walbottle Academy students in Newcastle were able to sit external examinations and assessments, following the 2-year long disruptions created by the COVID pandemic. Thursday 18th August was a day of nerves and excitement felt by both students picking up their results, and staff who have guided and helped students in preparation for this day. Our students received phenomenal results, with 65% achieving grades required to allow them to access their first choice university placement, a number of whom have achieved top grades.
Jessica Sarginson who achieved 4 A* and a A* EQP said “I am so relieved and happy with my results. I am looking forward to going to university for more independence and more in-depth study of maths.” Jessica plans to attend University of Newcastle to study Mathematics.
Tim Bodani, who achieved 3 A* 1 A, said “I feel fantastic. The two months of stress since the final exam have gone by quite quickly.” Tim will be attending University of Oxford to study Chemistry, where he is looking forward to getting stuck in and plans to not waste a single second. Tim aspires to build a career in strategy consulting, creating business strategies for various firms to improve their outcomes.
Jamie Sharp achieved 1 A* and 2 As and was also very happy with his results and is looking forward to the lifestyle change at university. Jamie will be attending University of Sheffield to study History and Modern Languages and Cultures.
Our students gave some final words of advice for upcoming 6th form students: Plan your time as sixth form can get scary – when I planned my time carefully, it felt substantially less scary. Work hard and pace yourself, working solidly across the two years. Use year 12 effectively, my year 12 was a solid foundation I built on in year 13. Do past questions and exam papers.
Outstanding results were achieved by individual students and individual subjects at Walbottle Academy, with 51% of students achieving A* to B grades and 73% achieving A*- C grades.
Northern Education Trust and Walbottle Academy are incredibly proud of their students, who have shown dedication, resilience and focus over what has been a roller-coaster of a few years and to reach this point has been a real challenge. Each and every student should be very proud of what they have achieved.
Chief Executive, Rob Tarn said: “We are extremely pleased with the A level results this year, which overall show a continual improvement in outcomes for our students, ensuring they are well equipped to progress to the next stage of their lives. These young people have endured a tumultuous few years in their academic journey, and we must remember that they have never sat public examinations before, having been due to take their GCSEs in 2020, which were cancelled due to the pandemic. To achieve these results against this background is testaments to their hard work and commitment and we are immensely proud of them. I am very grateful to our dedicated staff for their relentless focus on ensuring these young people were not disadvantaged by the disruption caused by the pandemic, and I know they join me in wishing them every success for their future”