A- Level students show 17% year on year improvements

18th Aug 2016

A- Level students show 17% year on year improvements


Students at The Blyth Academy, which is one of ten secondary academies sponsored by Northern Academy Trust, have shown a strong year on year improvement across the board with their A-level results.

The number of students achieving at least 3 academic qualifications at A*- E has risen by 17%, with a significant improvement in students achieving at least 2 academic A* - E, and 100% of students achieving at least one A* - E.

Results in BTEC Applied Science, Physical Education and Health & Social Care were particularly strong with students achieving an average grade of either an A or B. Students taking English Language, English Literature and Mathematics A2 qualifications achieved an average grade of a C.

Additionally, 81% of students who hope to go on to higher education have met or exceeded their conditional offers which is an improvement on last year. 8 students are successfully going on to some other form of education or employment.

Within these improved results for The Blyth Academy there have been some outstanding individual performances with Jasmine Pearson achieving an A* in Biology A2, an A in Mathematics AS and B grades in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics A2. Courtney Turner secured double distinctions* in Health and Social Care, distinction* in Applied Science and double distinctions in Physical Education. Paige Reavley achieved Distinctions and Merits across four BTEC qualifications, including double distinctions* in Health & Social Care, along with Demi Turnbull.

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From left t to right: Mr Burdon - Head of Sixth Form, Mrs Lant, - Deputy Head of Sixth Form, Year 13 students Demi Turnbull, Jasmine Pearson, Courtney Turner and Miss Ramsden - Principal

The success of these students contributed to the number of students achieving at least two substantial qualifications in vocational subjects being significantly above the national average. Similarly average points scores for vocational qualifications remain significantly above the national average.

Year 12 results have demonstrated a similar pattern of improvement at the Academy where students averaged 6 grades higher each than last year!

A delighted Sarah Ramsden, Principal at The Blyth Academy, was keen to offer her congratulations and thank her teaching staff and students for the dedication and commitment they have shown. She said:

?Staff and students have worked exceptionally hard this year and their efforts have paid off. As well as improvements in Year 13 results, we have also seen a marked increase in Year 12 results in comparison to last year. I?m exceptionally proud of the progress this year of which wouldn?t have been possible without the continued support from parents, governors and Northern Education Trust.?

Ian Kershaw, Chief Executive of Northern Education Trust, added:

?The Blyth Academy is making good progress and these results demonstrate that with strong leadership, high quality teaching and the right commitment from our students, anything is possible. The Blyth Academy students and all academy staff are to be congratulated.?

Northern Education Trust, which is a not-for-profit charity, operates within the North-East and North-West of England and works with schools only by invitation. It was formed in September 2012. The Trust currently sponsors ten secondary and ten primary academies.

The Northern Education Trust continues to build on its reputation for quickly improving schools through a combination of strong, visionary leadership, a commitment to high quality teaching and learning and highly effective governance.