There were smiling faces at Lodge Park Academy, Corby, where students and staff celebrated A Level results today (August 15).
Half of all exams sat achieved the top marks of A* toB (or equivalent) and nearly every exam sat was passed. This was a significant increase on previous years where 40 per cent achieved the top grades in 2012, and 29 per cent in 2011.
Alison Hayes, associate principal, said: “It was fantastic seeing so many smiling faces at Lodge Park this morning. Many of our students are celebrating the fact that they have achieved some excellent results; results that will be a springboard to their future success.
“Results like this are a fantastic end to the academic year. Lodge Park has become an academy, we have seen some incredible achievements in the classroom, on the sports field and across drama and art, and now we can celebrate some outstanding academic success.
“Further more, Ofsted recently visited us and praised the progress that we are making. This has really been a year of success, and I look forward to seeing what our students will achieve next year.”
Among those students smiling were Natalie Polley, Joseph Walton and Todd Burlington.
Between the three students they achieved five As, three Bs and a Distinction*, enabling them to go their first choice universities to study English and history, physiotherapy and physics.
Twins Lucy and Gemma Skelton, 18, of Corby, were among those celebrating.
Lucy gained a Distinction* in health and social care and in applied sciences and B grades in A Level biology and English literature and is to study children’s nursing at Leicester University. Lucy said: “It’s really exciting and I’m pleased with my results.”
Sister Gemma is off to study the history of art at the University of York after achieving A* in art, B in history, B in English language and Distinction* in health and social care.
She said: “The results were better than predicted. There’s quite a bit of pressure on everyone waiting for results but I’m pleased with the outcome.
Joe Walton, 18, was celebrating a Distinction* in sports studies, an A grade in maths and a B in biology and plans to study physiotherapy at Coventry University. He said: “I didn’t get much sleep last but I’m pleased with the results.”
Lodge Park became an academy in January and is now under the wing of the David Ross Foundation Trust. In September 2011 it was placed in special measures.
Toby Mullins took over as principal at the beginning of the year and the school is now making excellent progress.