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A Level celebrations at Sandwell schools

Published 18th August 2016

Sam Banner, Amy Dunn and Cameron Edmondson celebrate their A-Level results at Ormiston Forge Fcademy

Sandwell students are today celebrating their A level results – with the council’s leader praising them for all their hard work and achievements.

As results came in from across Sandwell, Councillor Steve Eling congratulated students on their success.

He said: “We are very proud of our young people. The results they’re getting today follow a huge amount of hard work and dedication.

“I congratulate students and also say a big thank you to all the teachers, school staff, parents, carers and friends who have supported their learning.

“I hope as many students as possible get the grades they want. If not, please don’t worry. Our Connexions careers advisors are on hand to help if you’re unsure what to do next.”

The Connexions exam results service runs from 10am to 4pm every week day until 31 August at Sandwell Council House, Oldbury. Call 0121 569 2955 to book an appointment with an advisor.

Q3 Academy Great Barr is celebrating another fantastic year of results, with 100% of students receiving at least one A level. All students who took two or more A levels achieved a 100% pass rate.

Q3 student Evie Houston got three A* grades and one A in fine art textiles, fine art, psychology and EPQ (Extended Project Qualification).

Evie said she was “shocked and overwhelmed” when she opened her results and wanted to thank her teachers and friends who have supported her throughout her studies. She is now off to Arts University Bournemouth to study costume and performance design.

The school wishes all its students the best of luck for the future.

At Wood Green Academy, Wednesbury, head teacher James Topham said: “I am immensely proud of yet another year of fantastic A level and AS level results, with almost half of the grades at A level being A* to B.

“I would like to congratulate all the students at Wood Green for all the hard work they put in and also to thank all the staff and parents for their work and the support they have given, which has led to these fantastic results.”

Some top achievers included Callum Cavell who got three A grades in geography, maths and physics. He’s going onto the University of Birmingham to study physics.

And Charlotte Johnson achieved three A grades in psychology, fine art and applied art. Charlotte is going to Walsall College to study art.
Shamsun Nahar got As in psychology and sociology, a distinction* in health and social care and C in English language and literature and will go to BCU to study psychology.

Megan Edwards is going to Birmingham to study English after earning As in psychology and media, and a B in English literature. Juned Mamur got two As in accounting and business and a B in maths and will go to Aston to study accounting for management. Elliot Pedley earned two As in business and geography and a B in maths, and will go to Birmingham to study geography. Jasmin Tinsley got As in biology and psychology and a B in chemistry and will go onto Warwick or Aston to study psychology.

Sandwell Academy in West Bromwich's sixth form students achieved their best-ever set of A level results, surpassing previous impressive records. An outstanding performance has resulted in a highest-ever UCAS points score per student of 423 UCAS points which is equivalent to well over four B grades per student. This included an amazing 87 (14%) A* grades from across a range of academic and vocational subjects.

Simon Topper, head of the Academy, said: “I am both thrilled and delighted at the outcomes achieved this year by our sixth form students and send my warmest congratulations to them all.

“I particularly thank the teachers and parents for their commitment to supporting our talented young people throughout their time with us. With such wonderful results, we look forward to once again supporting every student to a positive destination at university, college or in an apprenticeship, further training or employment.”

Suet Au achieved straight A grades in English, maths, history and geography and will be going on to study a degree in management at Warwick University.

Anisah Ali will be going on to study medicine at the University of Birmingham after achieving an excellent set of results. Joining her there and studying dentistry will be Har-Amrit Singh, who achieved an A* grade in maths, an A in chemistry, a B in biology and a C in physics.

Head girl Charlotte Skeen also achieved an impressive A* in history, an A in biology and B grades in maths and chemistry.

Sanjana Dwivedi achieved an A* in psychology and A grades in maths, physics and ICT and has secured a lucrative higher apprenticeship at the global accountancy firm KPMG with all her university tuition fees paid on a six-year programme.

Maddison Smith will be starting a higher apprenticeship with Price Waterhouse Coopers after a gruelling selection process.

Rianna Glasgow was thrilled with her results which enabled her to achieve a much sought after apprenticeship with the BBC in London.

Sandwell Academy’s specialisms of sport and business continue to lead the way with 36 A* grades being achieved in business as well as 36 distinction* in BTEC Sport. Notable performers included Herondeep Dhanda, Arjun Sandhu and Manvir Mann all scoring 550 UCAS points or more, achieving A*s in a range of academic and vocational courses. Other high-achieving students included Sarah Garratt, Gurpreet Samra, Jasmin Sandhu and Nikki-Leigh Tomlinson.

Over 84% of grades across the Academy were at grade C or better, with 58% at grade B or better and 29% of the grades achieved were either A or A*, all records for the Academy.

Students at Oldbury Academy are celebrating their best-ever vocational results with the average grade being a distinction*.

Particular congratulations to Kirandeep Sandhu who achieved three A* to A grades, and will go on to read law at the University of Birmingham, while Jordan Smith successfully secured a scholarship at Aberystwyth University where he will read History. Other exceptional performances came from Courtney Wheelwright who achieved five distinction* grades, and Zak Snow who gained four distinction* grades.

All of Oldbury’s students will go on to apprenticeships, employment or university to study a range of courses such as sport, criminology, teaching, journalism, psychology and computing.  

Head teacher Phil Shackleton said: “Once again, our students have done us proud, achieving excellent results across the board. They have set a fantastic example to the other students at Oldbury and I would like to wish them the very best for the future.”

Ormiston Forge Academy in Cradley Heath goes from strength-to-strength with another outstanding set of A level results in the same year that the academy has been judged as ‘good’ by Ofsted.

Students marked yet another year of consistently high academic and personal achievements with 63% earning three or more A level passes (A* to E), an increase on last year.

Also, 91% of students passed with two or more A levels and 98% with one or more. Student Chris Hall achieved a fantastic three A* grades and one A.
Attainment is mirrored in vocational subjects with students securing excellent results for the wide variety of subjects on offer.

Average point score per student for A level this year was 692 compared to last year’s 627. In vocational subjects, the average point score per student this year was 646, compared to last year’s 554.

The large majority of students who applied to university have been accepted to study the courses they wanted and many students have been successful in their applications to Russell Group Universities.

Ormiston Forge principal Andrew Burns said: “I’m delighted with yet another good set of Key Stage 5 results. On average our students are earning a point score of 208 per entry, this number is the equivalent of a strong C grade, last year this number was 196. By making these gains year-on-year we are showing that we as an academy continue to improve and young people who study here do well.”

Vice principal in charge of Sixth Form, Craig Cooling said: “I’ve nothing but pride and admiration for this group of students who have applied themselves so well and worked so hard for these grades. They are earning places at good universities and securing good jobs. They are well-rounded, capable individuals who have much to contribute to society.

“Our Forge family is a strong network of parents, teachers, governors, support staff and students – we all strive for the best and on days like this I offer congratulations to the students and thanks to everyone involved.”

Students, staff and parents at Stuart Bathurst Catholic High School, Wednesbury, celebrated the school’s best-ever A level results with a 100% A* to E, 78% A* to C and 51% A* to B pass rate.

There were some excellent individual student performances with the vast majority of pupils gaining their first choice places at university.

Head of Sixth Form, Mrs Jordan said: “The Year 13s achieved amazing results which is down to the combined effort of everyone in the school community. We have some truly brilliant headline results and the students have secured places at the most prestigious universities in the country.”