University beckons for Corby Business Academy pupils

Dajana Vucenovic and  Agata Trigo at Corby Business Academy
Dajana Vucenovic and Agata Trigo at Corby Business Academy

Star performances at Corby Business Academy have led to university places for many students.

The school introduced a series of new A-Level subjects in 2010 and this year marks the first set of results for those subjects.

Acting principal John Henrys said that students had performed particularly well in media studies.

He added: “We have seen many students exceeding their target grades and most of those who applied for university achieved the grades required.

“As a business and enterprise academy we are delighted that a large number of students achieved distinction star in Level 3 business studies. There were also strong performances in A-Level English literature.”

Performing particularly well was Agata Trigo, who arrived in the country from her native Portugal aged 11. She was initially a student at Corby Community College before the Business Academy opened in September 2008. She spoke no English when she arrived in Corby to live with her grandmother Julia Ferreira and aunt Cristina Ferreira in Pen Green Lane, but has now gained good enough grades to go to university.

She achieved a B in media studies A-Level and distinction stars in business and travel.

She said: “I’m going to Coventry to do a BA in Journalism and hope to become a print journalist.

“These were the results I wanted but I was very nervous before I got them.

“My grandma is really happy for me and now I can’t wait to get to uni.”

Student Christina Moore achieved an A* in dance, an A* in sport and a B in media – she started her dance A Level in Year 11 and gained her A* a year early.

She is going on to the University of Lincoln to study dance and performance. She said: “I checked the UCAS website this morning so I knew I had my place but I was still nervous about getting my results. It’s paid off and I’m really happy with how I’ve done.”

Nenyasha Mukumbuzi is going on to study politics and international relations at Aston University after gaining a B in English literature, a distinction star in BTEC business and a merit in IT. She said: “I’ve always been interested in international relations and I’d like to do something that makes a difference in the world.”

Dejana Vucenovic has opted to study economics at university after gaining a B in media, a C in English literature and a distinction star in BTEC business.

She said: “They’re better than I was expecting. It’s been a lot of hard work but I have tried to enjoy my summer and haven’t really worried about my results until the last few days.”