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A-level success sees Thorp Academy students off to top universities

17th Aug 2017

A-level success sees Thorp Academy students off to top universities

Students at Thorp Academy, Ryton, have made great progress across the board with their A-level results, indicating strong year on year improvement over 2016.

One student, Jacob Dabb, gained 4 A*s which secures him entry to Jesus College, University of Cambridge, to study Human, Social and Political Sciences.

Thorp Academy is one of the secondary academies operated by Northern Education Trust (NET), four of which have a sixth form. NET is a multi-academy trust with a growing reputation for improving schools through a combination of strong, visionary leadership, high quality teaching and learning and highly effective governance.

The impact of this combination is very evident in Thorp Academy's A-level results. For example, outcomes in Art, History, Geography, Computing and English Literature were particularly strong with many students gaining top grades at A Level.

A similar picture is evident in BTEC Health and Social Care and BTEC Sport. In these subjects, a number of students secured the top grades (starred distinctions (D*) and distinctions (D)) for their performances.

Additionally, many students who hope to go on to higher education have met or exceeded their conditional offers which is in keeping with NET's aim of helping young people gain access to some of the UK's most selective universities.

Within these results,there are some other outstanding individual performances: Jack Harrison gained 3A*s, 1A and 1B and will go to Manchester University to study Computer Science. Georgina Warnock gained 2A*s,1A and 1B. She is going to Sheffield University to study English Literature and Philosophy. Lauren Dixon gained an A*, 2As and a B and will be studying Liberal Arts at Durham University. Joel Bell-Wilding achieved 2As and a B to study Computer Science, whilst James Smyth and Alex Warren both achieved an A*, A and a B and will study French Translation and Foundation Art respectively.

As well as impressive attainment at A-level, there were equally strong performances in level 3 vocational courses. Taylor Parker, Jordan Tweedy and Sophie Scotland all achieved starred distinctions in Sport. Meghan Hunter, Rebecca Killip, Jessica Smith, Rebecca Thompson, Nicole Thorton and Georgia Turner all gained starred distinctions in Health and Social Care. SarahWilson also achieved a starred distinction in Health and Social Care and two starred distinctions in Sport.

Mr. Andrew Jordon, Thorp Academy's executive principal, is delighted to offer his congratulations and thanks to his teaching staff and students for the dedication and commitment they have shown. Commenting on the results, he said:

'Results like these,which demonstrate strong year on year improvement, make all the hard work worthwhile. It is so gratifying to have played a part in helping our excellent students gain life changing outcomes. Our 2017 A-level results are further proof of Thorp Academy's growing reputation for providing the best in sixth form education."

Ian Kershaw, Chief Executive of Northern Education Trust, added:

"We have taken enormous strides forward to raise the aspirations of Thorp Academy students, while at the same time, ensuring that they have the support and encouragement they need to access the best universities in Britain. These results demonstrate that with strong leadership, high quality teaching and the right commitment from our students,anything is possible. Thorp Academy's students and all academy staff are to be congratulated."

Northern Education Trust, which is a not-for-profit charity, operates within the North-East and North-West of England and works with schools only by invitation. It was formed in September 2012 and along with its ten secondary academies, also sponsors ten primary academies.