Students and staff at Felixstowe Academy are celebrating a successful year for both A levels and GCSEs. In the Sixth Form A*-C grades rose to 67% and students received a record number of A*/A grades. Despite the new tougher GCSE exam system they have also achieved a marked improvement in GCSE results. Overall 88% of GCSE subjects have seen an improvement in the number of students securing a grade 4 or above, and they have matched their best ever results for Maths and English combined with 55% Grade 9-4.
Having been graded “Good” by OFSTED earlier in the year, Felixstowe Academy Sixth Form is going from strength to strength with A Level A* to B grades rising to 34%, an increase of 15% over the past two years. Contributing to these excellent results, is Victoria Walker the first ever Felixstowe Academy student to gain entry to Oxford University. Victoria achieved A* in both Maths and Further Maths as well as A grades in Physics and English Literature. She will read Maths at Oxford. As she shared her results with teachers Victoria explained ‘I felt really confident with my Maths exams, but I am so pleased and surprised to have gained an A grade in English. That was a really pleasant surprise!’. Also celebrating was Jack Brewer, who achieved an A* grade in Psychology and A grades in Biology and Chemistry.
Among many happy students on GCSE results day were six students who achieved Grade 9’s in one or more subjects. Grade 9 is the highest grade, set above the old A* awarded to the top 5% of students. The exams watchdog, Ofqual, says fewer grade 9s will be awarded than A*s and that anyone who gets a 9 will have “performed exceptionally”. Students achieving Grade 9’s in year 11 were: Eva Porter (English, History, Spanish), Charlotte Caley (Physics), David Mazur (English) and Samuel Walker (Maths). Equally impressive were two year 10 students, James Cameron and Will Gibbs, also secured grade 9 after sitting their Maths GCSE a year early.
Anthony Williams, Principal, said: “The fact that we have been able to further improve the top grades achieved at A Level and in most vocational subjects, along with GCSE results matching our best ever, reflects the improvements in teaching, high expectations from teachers and a great work ethic from students. These results were achieved through the willingness of students to be fully committed and engaged in lessons, revision sessions and booster workshops throughout their courses. We are delighted with the proportion of students who have achieved the very highest grades across a range of subjects in both A level and GCSE this year. These achievements, coupled with our first student to successfully gain entry to Oxford University, is fantastic news for the whole school community. I would like to thank the students and the teaching staff for the positive outcomes this year.”
Julian Drinkall, CEO of AET said: “Our congratulations go out to all students and staff at Felixstowe Academy – it’s always difficult getting to grips with a new exam system, but students have done extremely well and their hard work and focus over the last two years have clearly paid off. The future is looking very positive, and my congratulations to everyone who is celebrating these results today.”