Voy­ager Academy boasts im­proved fig­ures as pupils en­joy A-Level suc­cess

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Front Page - By Joel Lamy Twit­ter: @PTJoelLamy

“The re­sults are a fur­ther ex­am­ple of the huge strides be­ing made.” John Holdich

Peter­bor­ough’s pupils re­mained above the na­tional av­er­age for A-Level passes, but there was a dip in per­cent­age of re­sults graded A* to B.

The school which ar­guably had the most to cel­e­brate was Voy­ager Academy, which saw an 83 per cent in­crease in the num­bers of A*s and As, and a record 75 pupils will now go to univer­sity, more than dou­ble the num­ber from last year.

Across Peter­bor­ough, the over­all pass rate climbed 0.1 per cent to 98.3, with the na­tional av­er­age pass rate re­main­ing at 98.1 per cent.

The per­cent­age of re­sults graded A*-B was 42.4 per cent, down on 46.3 per cent last year.

Coun­cil­lor John Holdich, leader of Peter­bor­ough City Coun­cil and cab­i­net mem­ber for ed­u­ca­tion, skills and univer­sity, said: “The re­sults are a fur­ther ex­am­ple of the huge strides be­ing made in im­prov­ing ed­u­ca­tion in Peter­bor­ough. We are never com­pla­cent, how­ever, and will con­tinue to work hard with head­teach­ers to make sure our per­for­mance con­tin­ues to im­prove.”

Voy­ager Academy, in Wal­ton, came out of spe­cial mea­sures in Fe­bru­ary.

Re­flect­ing on the lat­est re­sults, Daniel Tay­lor, di­rec­tor of Sixth Form, said: “The Sixth Form has al­ways been a source of pride for The Voy­ager Academy. Our pass rate has been con­sis­tently good and in line with the na­tional av­er­age and this year we’ve seen a record num­ber of stu­dents guar­an­tee achieve univer­sity places, ex­ceed­ing all of our ex­pec­ta­tions.”

Else­where, two pupils at Jack Hunt School will go on to study at the Univer­sity of Cam­bridge.

El­iz­a­beth Bowes will read English at Newn­ham Col­lege and Leia Hen­der­son will read hu­man so­cial and po­lit­i­cal sciences at St John’s Col­lege.

Jack Hunt’s re­sults saw a pass rate of 96 per cent, with 61 per cent of ex­ams graded A*-C and 41 per cent A*-B.

The King’s School saw 26 pupils re­ceive all As and A*s. Two thirds of all re­sults were A*-B with 37 per cent of grades be­ing A*s or As.

Or­mis­ton Bush­field Academy head boy George Pen­fold be­came the first pupil from the school to make it into an Oxbridge univer­sity af­ter earn­ing a place to read eco­nomics at St Catharine’s Col­lege, Cam­bridge.

The academy’s over­all pass rate in­creased from 94 to 99 per cent and the per­cent­age of A*-B grades was up to 38 per cent.

Pupils at Nene Park Academy achieved a 31 per cent pass rate at grades A* to B with the over­all pass rate at 97 per cent.

Prin­ci­pal Steve Howard said: “These are a re­ally pleas­ing set of re­sults which are well above ex­pec­ta­tions.”

Stan­ground Academy saw a 100 per cent pass rate and the per­cent­age of stu­dents achiev­ing three or more vocational qual­i­fi­ca­tions rose by 15 per cent.

Josh Cartwright from Ken Stimp­son Com­mu­nity School has won a place to read nat­u­ral sciences at Trin­ity Hall at the Univer­sity of Cam­bridge. Over­all, 33 per cent of ex­ams at the school were graded A* to B.

For the third year in a row, ev­ery Year 13 pupil at Hamp­ton Col­lege achieved the equiv­a­lent of two or more A-Lev­els. The over­all pass rate was 99.6 per cent and 39 per cent of all passes were graded A*-B.

At Thomas Dea­con Academy 48.1 per cent of ex­ams re­ceived A*-B grades, an 11 per cent in­crease on last year.

Ge­off Walls, prin­ci­pal, said: “These re­sults rep­re­sent fur­ther sig­nif­i­cant im­prove­ment in the aca­demic achieve­ment of stu­dents in our Sixth Form.”

A record 26 per cent of ex­am­i­na­tions taken at Arthur Mel­lows Vil­lage Col­lege re­sulted in A* or A grades. Head girl Daisy Mal­ton se­cured her place at the Univer­sity of Cam­bridge to read ge­og­ra­phy at St John’s Col­lege.

At St John Fisher Catholic High School, 80 per cent of stu­dents passed three or more sub­jects with 44 per cent of grades awarded A*-B.

And at The Peter­bor­ough School, 65 per cent of grades were A*-C.

Stu­dents cel­e­brat­ing af­ter col­lect­ing their A-level re­sults at Nene Park Academy.

Suc­cess­ful stu­dents at Or­mis­ton Bush­field Academy Katie Plumb, Fiona Plumb, Matilda Smith, Chloe Holmes and Eug­ine Matungamire.

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