A*s all round at Shotton Hall Academy

Students from The Academy at Shotton Hall are all smiles today as they bring home the best set of results the school has ever seen.

81% of students passed English and maths at grades A* – C, with 80% of students passing 5 or more GCSEs at A*-C including English and maths. Impressively, a third of all students achieved at least three A or A* grades with 20% achieving five or more A or A* grades.

Top performer at the Academy was Kate Hoyland (pictured) who achieved a hugely impressive 7A*s and 4As. Sadie Scott was also did exceptionally well with 5A*s and 4As and Josh Carr came top of the boys with 5A*s and 3As.

Kate was thrilled with her class leading performance and could not stop smiling – she is going on to study A levels in maths, physics and chemistry at English Martyrs and hopes to go onto university to become a chemical engineer. Sadie is hoping to study medicine and is going on to study A levels in maths, physics, chemistry and biology at Durham Johnson Sixth Form. Josh is going on to study at Durham Sixth Form and hopes that A levels in computing, physics and criminology will set him on the right track for a university place and a career as a computer programmer.

Our two students who made the most progress were Bradley Lawton and Sara Mullender who both worked incredibly hard to smash their targets, culminating in some great GCSE passes. Speaking of his success, Bradley says he is “very happy and looking forward to going on to study to become a plumber.”

Lesley Powell, executive principal at the Academy and chief executive of the North East Learning Trust said: “This year’s GCSE results are absolutely wonderful and everyone at the Academy is exceptionally proud of our students. This is our best set of results our school has ever had, with even more students achieving As and A*s, opening up their options for further study and rewarding careers. I’d like to say a huge thank you to our teachers and staff who work tirelessly to give our children equal access to the very best educational opportunities, and who, like me, are absolutely thrilled with our students’ achievements.”

The results round off an excellent academic year for the Academy with their teacher training provision awarded an outstanding grade from school inspectors Ofsted in January and the expansion of their North East Learning Trust to include Easington Academy, Diamond Hall Juniors and Teesdale School and Sixth Form.

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