GCSE results day celebrated in Sandwell

Published 20th August 2020

Sandwell students have been receiving their GCSE results today (Thursday 20 August).

Council bosses have offered their congratulations to students, school staff and parents and carers.

Councillor Joyce Underhill, cabinet member for best start in life said: “Congratulations to all young people who have done so well in their GCSEs under such challenging circumstances.

“Our young people have worked hard over many years to achieve these grades alongside our dedicated teachers and schools staff. I also want to thank parents and carers who have played a very important role in helping young people to achieve their potential.

“For those who didn’t quite get the grades they needed or for those unsure of what to do next, Connexions Sandwell can provide support to help young people. You can call the helpline on 07917 174 735 or 07917 174 702 for advice.”

Councillor Maria Crompton, deputy leader, Sandwell Council added: “Teachers have worked diligently to assess pupils and we are pleased that none of our young people will be disadvantaged by the use of an unfair algorithm to determine their results.

“Well done to all those who have achieved such amazing results. This is down hard work from young people, school staff and parents and carers.

“For those who didn’t get the results they needed, I encourage them to use our exam results service for help and advice.”

Schools and academies have been sharing their successes.

Staff and students at Bristnall Hall Academy in Oldbury are celebrating another outstanding set of GCSE results.

Bristnall Hall students


Kully Uppal, Principal of Bristnall Hall Academy: "I am delighted to see another amazing set of GCSE results at Bristnall Hall Academy and proud that our young people have been awarded the grades that they deserve and reflect their dedication throughout their time at Bristnall Hall Academy.

“This is testimony to their hard work, and to the dedication of the outstanding team of staff who work here. I am particularly impressed with these exceptional outcomes given the exceptional circumstances this year. These outstanding results will enable our students to access exciting opportunities and continue on their transformational journeys in further education, training and employment within our local region and beyond.

Amongst the Bristnall Hall Academy students who are celebrating their success are Rajvir, Mohammed, Muskaan and Thomas. These students achieved numerous top grades.

Mr Vince Green, Executive Principal, commented: “I am delighted to see another exceptional set of GCSE results at Bristnall Hall Academy. This is testimony to their hard work, and to the dedication of the outstanding team of staff that work here.”

All at Q3 Academy Tipton are delighted with their students’ GCSE and BTEC results.

Q3 Tipton students


This year, more students than ever before celebrated achieving the highest grades.

These include Megan Wilkinson who got five grade 9s, two grade 7s, one grade 6 and one BTEC Distinction*, Klaudia Wieckowska who got one grade 9, two grade 8s, five grade 7s and two grade 6s, Tanshpreet Kaur who got three grade 9s, three grade 8s and two grade 7s, Jack Taylor who got three grade 9s, four grade 8s, one grade 7 and one grade 6, Jonathan Dong who got four grade 9s, three grade 8s, one grade 7, one grade 6 and Ellie-May Greensill who got one grade 9, three grade 8s, three grade 7s, two grade 6s

Keziah Featherstone, Head of School, stated: Q3 Academy Tipton continues to improve in all areas and we are all delighted with this year’s GCSE results along with another exceptional year for A Levels last week.

“Our students worked relentlessly before lockdown and they deserve to move onto wonderful futures. I’d like to thank all in the community, especially parents and carers, for sticking with us.”

Disen from Oldbury Academy


Oldbury Academy staff were delighted to welcome back their students back after a premature end to their school year.

Danielle Payne assistant headteacher at Oldbury Academy said: “We are incredibly proud of our students who have shown dignity and resilience through this difficult time. The way they have responded to the support they have received from our staff and their families has been remarkable.

“They have demonstrated sheer determination, patience and courage to take on new challenges through a global pandemic, and as always, we have students who continue to aim high and believe in their own ability to achieve their goals.

“All of our students thoroughly deserve their amazing successes and we are immensely proud of every single one of them. It was wonderful to see some tears of joy! Students have been awarded well-earned grades that reflect their ongoing effort and consistent levels of performance over the last five years. We wish them every success in their futures in education, employment or training.”

James Topham, headteacher at Wood Green Academy in Wednesbury has congratulated his staff and students. He said: “Congratulations to the class of 2020 who had to endure so much over the last year and to the staff that supported them to ensure that the students of Wood Green Academy made great progress. 

“We are extremely pleased with this year’s GCSE results and in particular I am delighted with the progress that the students continue to make at Wood Green Academy.  I’d like to thank all the students, staff and parents for their hard work over the past 5 years.  Additional congratulations go to Akaash Badhan who secured the very highest grade (9) in all of his subjects.”

Top performers were Akaash Badhan with nine grade 9s, Jack Southall with eight grade 9s and a grade 8, Rebecca Nightingale with seven grade 9s, two grade 8s and a grade 7,  Manjeet Kandohla with six grade 9s and  three grade 8s Harry Bird with five grade 9s and four grade 8s, Cole Hicken with four grade 9s, two grade 8s, two grade 7s and a grade 6, Ellie-Mai Cox with four grade 9s, a grade 8, two grade 7s and a grade 6, Yee Nok Lau with three grade 9s, four grade 8s and  two grade 6s, Millie Oliver with three grade 9s, three grade 8s,  a grade 7 and a grade 5 and Mohammed Ahmed with three grade 9s, two grade 8s, three grade 7s and a grade 6.

St Michael’s in Rowley Regis have congratulated their year 11 students.

Klea from St Michaels


Jayne Gray, headteacher at St Michael’s Church of England High School, said: “The staff and Governors take great pleasure in congratulating the 2020 Year 11 cohort for their brilliant GCSE results.

“Whilst this year’s results day will be very different from previous years, we have enjoyed celebrating our students’ excellent performances and well-deserved outcomes using an extended and socially distanced approach.

“Their hard work has paid off, with 100% of our Biology, Chemistry and Physics students achieving grades 9-4; 97% of our Art, Hospitality and Sport students and 92% of those in Textiles. 75%+ of students in the following cohorts achieved Good to Outstanding grades of 5-9: Computing; Biology; Chemistry; Physics and Art. Impressively, over 25% of students achieved Grades 7-9 in Computing; History; Biology; Chemistry; Physics; Art; Textiles; RE and Sport.”

High achievers at St Michael's include Klea Peca who got six grade 9s and three grade 8s in. Klea came to England from Albania in April of 2017. She was elected as Head Girl in Year 10 and has achieved the highest results in the school at the end of Year 11.

Other successes include Rachel Perks who got six grade 9s, two grade 8s and a grade 6, Natasha Malpass who got six grade 9s grade 8, a grade 7 and a grade 6, Alex Woolley who got  four grade 9s and five grade 8s, Hanina Bankole- a Distinction* , a Distinction, three grade 9s, two grade 8s, a grade 7 and a grade 6 and Luke Thorpe who got three grade 9s, three grade 8s, two grade 7s and a grade 6.

The school wished to give a special mention to Katie Dodds whose determination and resilience meant that, despite nine months of chemotherapy for Hodgkinson’s Lymphoma at the end of 9 into Year 10, she continued to work exceptionally hard and was able to achieve the outstanding results of three grade 8s; four grade 7s and 2 grade 6s.

Health futures student DivineHealth futures UTC in West Bromwich paid tribute to hard working students.

Principal, Ruth Umerah said: “It has been an exciting morning here at Health Futures UTC as students turn up to collect their much–anticipated GCSE results after the dramatic U-turn on how they would be graded.  One of our top students, Divine Makangou has achieved outstanding results in biology, psychology, physics, chemistry, English language, English literature and mathematics, Divine is planning on pursuing a career in forensic psychology.

“The students have worked very hard and their efforts have paid off.  We are extremely happy for them and their families who have been on stressful journey. They should celebrate their results and be very proud of themselves.”

Students at Perryfields High School in Oldbury were smiling when they received their GCSE results today.

Perryfields students


Among the high achievers at Perryfields were Manpreet who is looking forward to starting the next stage of her journey at King Edwards VI, studying; Mathematics, Biology and Chemistry with the ambition of pursuing a career in Medicine. Joshua who was delighted with his results, can’t wait to get underway with his apprenticeship in plastering at Dudley College. Darcy and Zac are thrilled with their results both securing a place at Halesowen College to study a variety of A Levels. Finally, Murad has received an excellent set of results and he will be starting King Edwards VI Stourbridge to study; Chemistry, Biology and Geography.

Headteacher Ian Barton said “It has been an absolute pleasure providing this year group with their hard-earned results. Despite their final year in school being cut short, they have results to be extremely proud of. Their grades are testament to their determination and dedication over the years and I very much look forward to hearing about how their next chapters in education begin.

“We would like to thank parents, staff and governors for their unyielding support in helping the children achieve the grades they deserve. Congratulations to all of our students - we are exceptionally proud of them and wish them the very best of luck in the future.”

Arozo from OSCA


Students at Ormiston Sandwell Community Academy in Tividale are celebrating record GCSE results.

Amongst some of the individual successes this year were Isabelle who achieved six grade 9s and four grade 8s, Thomas who also secured six grade 9s and three grade 8s and is now going on to Dudley Sixth to carry on with his studies and Arozo who got five grade 9s and four grade 8s and spent lockdown learning to speak Persian. She is hoping to attend King Edwards. 

Marie McMahon, Principal at Ormiston Sandwell Community Academy, said: “As I reflect back on my final year at Ormiston Sandwell Community Academy, I have never been prouder of my students. Our Year 11s worked incredibly hard for these record breaking results and proved to be great sources of support to one another during unprecedented challenges.

“Here at Ormiston Sandwell Community Academy we really are a family, and I know there are many more great things in store for these students. Congratulations to everyone receiving results today, as they embark on the next chapter of their education and beyond.”

At Shireland Collegiate Academy in Smethwick, students, parents and staff shared in celebrating some excellent results and personal achievements.

Students from Shireland CA


Several students must be mentioned for their notable achievements. Harriet Priest got seven grade 9s and two grade 8s, Rosie Priest got seven grade 9s, a grade 8;  and a Distinction*, Thomas McDowall got six grade 9s, two grade 8s; and a Distinction* and Rupinder Kaur got two grade 9s, a grade 8,  five grade 7s and a Distinction*.

Principal, Mr David Irish said, “we are a truly inclusive school that does support, mentor, nurture, encourage and celebrate every single student.  We have fantastic dedication from the students and unwavering belief from staff, which is the perfect recipe for success.

"Students’ continued to access online lessons delivered by our outstanding staff throughout the period of lockdown.  I am delighted that the hard work of both staff and students has been rewarded”.

Vice Principal, Ms Andrea Bell said “obviously this year’s examination season has been unprecedented, however this should not take away from the fantastic achievements of our students.  They have worked so hard throughout the year and deserve their successes.  Alongside all their academic success is their full involvement in every aspect of academy life which has seen them flourish: many involved in sports and the performing arts.  They have been a great year group with a fantastic sense of humour and we look forward to welcoming many of them back to our 6th Form in September”.

Anyone who needs support or help with their exam grades, is encouraged to contact Connexions Sandwell’s Exam Results Service on 07917 174 735 or 07917 174 702.