Berwick Academy 6th Form students inspired to succeed
Despite huge turbulence in outcomes for A Level students and schools across the country this year, Berwick Academy’s Post 16 students have reason to be very proud of their efforts as they look forward to their next steps in education, training or employment.
All university applicants gained a place at one of their chosen universities, with 98% being placed at their first choice. Students seeking routes into employment and training have been supported by staff throughout lockdown, with most now having secured their next step.
Students were particularly inspired by careers in public service this year, leading many students towards a career in the National Health Service. Jeremae Caput will be pursuing her dream of becoming a Radiographer, with Molly Tait moving on to Northumbria University to study for a Nursing degree, where she will be joined by Natalie Price who is en route to becoming a physiotherapist.
A future in public service also beckons for Ellie Cromarty, who will be training to be a Primary school teacher, and Sophie Moses, who will be achieving a long held ambition to study for a degree in Social Work. Erin Fairbairn and Daniel Birch will also be serving the public, moving towards careers in the Royal Navy and Police Service.
Yasmina Slaoui was the Academy’s highest achieving student, and is overjoyed to be taking up a place to study at St. John’s College, Oxford. Gracie Easton gained entrance to one of the country’s top Psychology degrees, and is looking forward to beginning her studies shortly at Durham University, with Jessica Fulton-Hawes beginning a unique degree in Scots and English Law at Dundee University, following her participation in a programme for talented students last year.
Jessica Calder was motivated by a programme for gifted Sports students, run in partnership by Active Northumberland and the Academy, where she had the opportunity to be trained by Olympians and other professional athletes. She is thrilled to be starting a degree in Sport Science at Northumbria University.
Continued improvements in Science, Technology and Maths results means that Alex Gibson will be moving on to York University to read Physics, with Dylan Shaw beginning a Computer Science degree at Newcastle University, and Daniel Bain starting his Engineering studies at Northumbria. Fellow student Jamie Heath was very pleased to have been offered an apprenticeship with local firm Ahlstrom, where he will be training as an electrical engineer, with Jack Maud pursuing a career in Renewable and Offshore Technologies through advanced studies at Newcastle College.
In an unprecedented year, when school closures and the cancellation of exams has led to such a unique set of circumstances, the breadth of student progression should be seen as very positive for the Academy and its community. Headteacher, Tracy Hush, was keen to pay tribute to her students and their families for the manner in which they have handled such a difficult set of circumstances:
“2020 has been a hugely challenging year for schools across the country and we acknowledge that although the majority of our students have great reason to celebrate their outcomes, these will be tempered by concern for areas where they may have hoped to achieve more highly or for friends and relatives in other schools who have been affected by the grading process. Nonetheless, I cannot offer enough praise to our staff and students who have worked tirelessly to allow learning to continue during the pandemic and we are pleased with the progress of the Academy’s results in such an uncertain climate. We would particularly like to pay tribute to parents and wider families, who have been extremely supportive throughout this period.
All students still considering their next steps or progression route, or needing further guidance, were able to meet with a Local Authority Careers advisor on results day and our ongoing investment in careers education, particularly through our work with the North East Local Enterprise Partnership, and our enterprise partner, Northumberland County Council, has led to enhanced opportunities for our students during the crucial decision making process. It is hugely encouraging to see our students reaping the benefits of these partnerships.
It is pleasing to see many of our students moving on to their preferred chosen next steps or to pursue careers in our public services and we are immensely proud of their resilience, hard work and independence in the face of adversity and the Covid-19 pandemic, and the magnificent way in which they have responded. We wish them all well for the future.”
Positive results for Berwick’s GCSE students
Following much speculation, news coverage and Government announcements Berwick’s Year 11 students were finally able to collect their GCSE results; the culmination of 11 years of compulsory school education. As with A Level results, there was lots to be happy about and the overwhelming feelings from those students collecting their results were ones of excitement, joy and relief after an end to school year that was of course unlike no other with school closures and cancellation of GCSE exams.
There are some wonderful individual success stories and a number of students recorded the highest grade possible, a grade 9, in multiple subjects showing a huge level of effort and commitment to their studies to achieve such excellence. There were many positive conversations about studying in the Sixth Form at Berwick Academy or next steps into further education, apprenticeships or employment and an independent careers advisor was on hand to support students needing further advice and guidance.
Headteacher, Tracy Hush, was once again pleased for her students, their outcomes and the resilience they have shown over the last few months.
“I’d like to pay tribute to this cohort of Year 11 students, their families and the staff who have worked with them here at Berwick Academy for the manner in which they’ve handled the last few months. We know how hard students were working towards their final exams and how disappointing it was that this effort was cut short by the Covid-19 pandemic. However, the results students have achieved is testament to their ability and hard work and it was delightful to see how well so many of our students did; we look forward to welcoming increased numbers back into the Sixth Form. We also realise that some students will be disappointed with their results and will want to actually sit their GCSE exams in the Autumn, support is on hand for any students who would like to discuss this option.
We are immensely proud of our Year 11 students and look forward to their many future successes, either with us here at Berwick Academy or in their chosen next steps and we wish them all well for the future.”