A-level results: Pass rate improves at Churchill Academy

PUBLISHED: 14:11 17 August 2017 | UPDATED: 14:11 17 August 2017

Katie Semple, Tom Johnson and Laura Guy.

Katie Semple, Tom Johnson and Laura Guy.


Churchill Academy students have benefitted from a ‘blend of enjoyment and hard work’ in achieving ‘excellent’ A-level results, according its ‘proud’ headteacher.

Elsie Thomas, Imogen Mills, Becky Hamlin and Georgina Douglas.Elsie Thomas, Imogen Mills, Becky Hamlin and Georgina Douglas.

Chris Hildrew hailed the efforts of students and staff, and believes they have been ‘justly rewarded’ with top grades.

He said: “Our students are enjoy coming to school and working hard.

“Our staff have done really well to adapt to a changing educational landscape with new A-levels coming in this year. They have worked really hard to get up to speed with those and the results show they have done that brilliantly.”

As in 2016, almost a quarter of grades (23 per cent) at Churchill were A*-A, while 75 per cent of grades were A*-C – which is two percentage points less than a year ago.

Greta GuccioneGreta Guccione

The overall pass rate was 98 per cent, which is marginally better than last year.

The vast majority of students (85 per cent) met the requirements of their first-choice university, with 26 per cent heading to prestigious Russell Group institutions.

Mr Hildrew added: “I’m really, really pleased with the results. I’m happy for the students who have worked really hard to get them and there are lots of individual success stories.

“We’ve got students going to Oxford and Cambridge, as well as students going to Russell Group universities like Liverpool, Nottingham and Exeter. I’m really chuffed with that.

Sophie John with headteacher Chris Hildrew.Sophie John with headteacher Chris Hildrew.

“Academic subjects like maths have done really well, but also the practical and creative subjects have done really well. Performing arts has had a spectacular year as have design and technology and art.”

Head of sixth form, Robert Morgan, said: “I’m delighted for them. It’s good to see students who have worked really hard over a long period of time see the rewards this morning.

“We have a high quality of teaching, lovely students, good attitudes towards work, and a good sense of community and supporting each other through two years of hard-going A-level learning.”

Greta Guccione earned three A* grades and will study veterinary science at Liverpool University.

Stephen Sweeting.Stephen Sweeting.

She told the Mercury: “I’m very happy. I was definitely nervous and I didn’t expect to do as well as I did. This has exceeded my expectations.

“I’ve had a really good time here. The sixth form is amazing, the teachers are amazing and everyone’s very friendly. I’ve really enjoyed my time here.

Sophie John will take a place at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge to study geography after earning an A* and two As.

She said: “I’m really happy. I want to go into environmental law and this is the first stepping stone in getting there.”

Caelen Daynes.Caelen Daynes.

Stephen Sweeting said he was ‘over the moon’ after learning his hard work earned him an A* and two As.

He added: “I’ve done amazing. I’m off to do a masters in chemistry at Bristol University.

“I will miss Chuchill, though. Everyone has been really supportive and they have got me the grades.”

Caelen Daynes also opened his envelope to find he received an A* and two As.

Adam Caulfield, George Davis and Dan Ayres. Picture: Churchill AcademyAdam Caulfield, George Davis and Dan Ayres. Picture: Churchill Academy

He said: “I was always a B-earning student before coming to Churchill for sixth form. I’m going to the University of Nottingham to study maths.”

Burgeoning journalist Dan Ayres will start an apprenticeship with the BBC after securing his A-levels.

He said: “I’ve got where I want to go, and I want to be a news reader in the future.

“Churchill is a brilliant sixth form. There’s no better place to do A-levels.”

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