25th August 2016
GCSEs 2016: The Thomas Alleyne Academy
Staff and students at Stevenage’s Thomas Alleyne Academy are once again celebrating as year 11 students receive their GCSE results.
Under the rigorous new progress measures introduced this year, Thomas Alleyne students exceeded expectations with half of students getting grades A*-C in both English and mathematics.
Mark Lewis, Head Teacher, said that “These results confirm Ofsted’s judgement that we are a good school that continues to rapidly improve. We have delivered against the new progress measures introduced by this government and our results have improved significantly against last year’s performance.”
Among the most notable performances were Nicole Brown and Daniel Zeng who both achieved 7 grades A*-A. Nicole said: “I’m so happy and relieved that I got good results – five years of hard work has really paid off. I’d like to thank all of my teachers at Thomas Alleynes – they helped me a lot and definitely believed in me. The support and quality of teaching has been fantastic, it has all contributed to me getting these results and I feel so grateful to the school for that.”
Sarah Cuffe and Akhila Shaji were also celebrating as they achieved 6 grades A*-A, along with Darren Darby who achieved 5 grades A*-A. Sarah said: “I was absolutely terrified last night about receiving my results, but they’ve gone really well – better than expected. I’d like to eventually go on to do veterinary science at university, so these grades have set me up well to get there.
“I’d like to say a massive thank you to everyone at Thomas Alleynes, it’s been amazing, I’ve made so many friends here and have great memories from the past five years.”
Mark Lewis added: “We would like to extend our congratulations to all our students. These results reflect the hard work and dedication of our students, and the support they received from their parents and our staff. We look forward to continuing to work with our students as they progress onto the excellent post-16 A-Level, vocational and apprenticeship programmes delivered through our wider partnership with North Hertfordshire College.”
18th August 2016
Thomas Alleyne Academy celebrates record A-level results and bucks the national trend
Students at the Thomas Alleyne Academy are celebrating record A-level results today and reaping the rewards of all their hard work and careful revision.
There is additional cause to celebrate because 100% of Thomas Alleyne students who applied to university have got into their first choice of course.
Julie Lewis, head of sixth form said: “With an A-level pass rate of 98% we are delighted and proud to say that all of our students who have applied to university or higher apprenticeships have secured places of their choice. The AS-level pass rate has increased to 93% this academic year and we are looking forward to welcoming our students into year 13. We are particularly proud of the higher grades our A-level students have achieved, which have improved by over 25% this year - at a time when the national trend over the last three years has remained fairly static.”
Notable high achievers are Jacob Miller, who has accepted a place at the University of Essex to study politics, he commented on his time at the Academy: “At every point I’ve been given great support and guidance. At first I didn’t know what I wanted to do – I didn’t have a goal in mind. I was given the space and support to figure out what interested me, and once I had figured it out I had more motivation to do well. That really helped me to achieve these grades – an A, a B and a C.
“I’m also really grateful for the help I received when applying for university. The teachers here took me through my options, helped me to identify the most suitable university and guided me through the application process and writing my personal statement. Going to university to study politics has now become reality – I can’t wait.”
Reflecting on his time at the Academy Graham Picket, who held the post of head boy in 2015, noted that: “Everything from the teaching to the extracurricular activities have been excellent at Thomas Alleyne. My role as head boy and working with student parliament helped me to gain confidence, which in turn strengthened my academic ability.
“I’ve been through a lot and had numerous setbacks, but I’m pleased to say that I got two As and a C, and I got accepted into my first-choice university – Leicester. I had to wait until today to plan the rest of my life, so now I can actually develop my ambitions for the future.”
Mark Lewis, Headteacher, said: “We are delighted with our students’ results. We have seen huge improvements in our sixth form provision which has been the result of excellent teaching, dedicated students and our innovative study skills programme which aims to enhance a range of skills designed to develop independent thinking and problem solving.
“On this happy day, I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate our students on their outstanding success and to thank them for their commitment to our community and the work they have done for younger students in helping others to aim high and succeed.”